# Math Help - free LaTex?

1. ## free LaTex?

Where can I get LaTex software? Do I need to buy book or manual to learn it? Is it easy to use? Help!

2. ## Re: free LaTex?

your best bet is just go to texify.com and read their tutorial. I don't use any software. I just type the latex as I go and cut and paste as is convenient.

3. ## Re: free LaTex?

Microsoft Word has math symbols, functions etc. Any opinion? Is it better or worse than LaTex? Any reason one is better bet than the other?

4. ## Re: free LaTex?

Originally Posted by sluggerbroth
Microsoft Word has math symbols, functions etc. Any opinion? Is it better or worse than LaTex? Any reason one is better bet than the other?
I think once you get good with it just typing latex is much faster than selecting symbols from a palette using the mouse.

5. ## Re: free LaTex?

Originally Posted by romsek
I think once you get good with it just typing latex is much faster than selecting symbols from a palette using the mouse.
I agree. Also, the quality of typesetting produced by TeX is excellent. I am not familiar with the current state of the equation editor in Word, but I would be surprised if it is close to it. However, learning LaTeX requires an effort. The upshot is that if you are going to type math texts professionally, LaTeX is much preferred. If you are going to do this only occasionally and in limited quantities, then Word will do. Concerning the forum, the subset of LaTeX that is sufficient here is rather small (50% of what you need can probably be learned in 10 minutes), and the increase in the quality of posts is great, so it's worth the effort.