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Latexian is a revolutionary, new LaTeX editor for Mac OS X. Latexian provides advanced tools for creating and typesetting LaTeX documents. Using Latexian's Live Preview, you can see how your document typesets while you are editing it - the PDF preview updates automatically! Latexian has many other advanced features, including syntax-aware spell checking, tabbed documents, code completion, a Code Navigator, and much more. Latexian supports the LaTeX and XeTeX typesetters, and includes support for working with BibTeX documents.

What's New

Version 1.2.4:
  • Fixes a crash introduced in the 1.2.3 update that could occur on OS X 10.7 Lion when closing a document or quitting the application.


  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • MacTex or BasicTeX 2009 or later

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Lucasv Member IconComment+10

Hi, question to developer. The version on the internet is 1.2.4 and the app store version is 1.2.2. What's the difference and when can we expect an update on the app store with some new goodies...? :)

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Version 1.2.4
GNews Member IconReview+3

Well thought-out, with real-time typesetting; it's revolutionized my TeX work. Compared to this, the oft-praised Texnicle feels like a collection of poorly integrated gimmicks.
The layout of the symbol library could be improved.

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Version 1.2.3
AliGator Member IconReview+0

A very nice and easy to use software. I used it to type up my entire PhD thesis; except for a single instance where the software hung up I did not experience any issues. I gave up using TexShop once I got Latexian because it accepted all the packages without my having to decided between LaTex, Tex, XeLaTex and whatnot.

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Version 1.2.1
jimmytb Member IconReview+0

If you like latex and keeping an eye on what you're doing you should get this app.

Simple request, I would like to be able to set a longer delay after typing before it regenerates the live preview, or have it not regenerate the live preview if the mouse is moving and/or clicking.

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Version 1.2.0
Korion Member IconReview+1

Absolutely the best editor yet. Auto-completion, life preview. Just what I needed. Maybe a tiny bit too expensive, but that's probably because I'm a guy with no money.

I've tried texshop, textpad, scribo, ... This is the best one by far. All the others had flaws.

Just one request : I don't like the temporary files cluttering in the document directory while the application is running. Can those files be hidden?

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Version 1.1.3
Enrico Franconi Member IconReview+1
Enrico Franconi

Best LaTeX editor ever. Developer very responsive. I hope it will add the few missing bits which would make it perfect.

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Version 1.1.0
Bmg Member IconComment+3

Is there a possibility to jump to an exact location from/to the pdf preview and the source text by clicking on either ? For me this feature is more important than the online preview.

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Version 1.0.5
Taco Software (Developer)

There are two commands in the View menu that allow going between the source and Live Preview PDF: "Show Selection in Live Preview" and "Show Preview Selection in Source".

Tolsen Member IconReview+0

I have been searching high and low for a Mac LaTeX editor with instant preview. This is it. Works perfectly.

Also, the developer provides excellent support: I had a question about the software and emailed Taco Software. I got an email back almost instantly with a clear answer to my question.

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Version 1.0.4
Talazem Member IconReview+16

I've found Latexian to be very stable and mature software, despite only being 1.0.x. The instant "live preview" feature is a Godsend, and the ability to see your file hierarchy as well as the navigator makes it very easy to arrange large projects. I work with multilingual texts using XeLaTeX, and Latexian has had no problems with any of this. I've been using it as my main (Xe)LaTeX editor for over half a year now (since it was in beta), and have written a large part of my PhD dissertation using it. The developer is very friendly and responsive, and has fixed bugs very quickly. While it's not free like the excellent TeXShop, I find that its features -- such as the live preview, fold selection, tabbed interface, navigator, clips, preview errors in the gutter, code completion, and others -- make it an excellent LaTeX writing environment. It is easy to customise to one's liking. While there is definitely space to grow (I for one would like ConTeXt support in the future), it serves excellently for what it is meant to do -- to write undistracted in LaTeX.

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Version 1.0.3
Manzara Member IconReview-1

Latexian is very nice "single-window application" that makes working on LaTeX documents a pleasant and productive experience. I've used TeXShop before I discovered Latexian, and although it is a fine application, Latexian has considerably more polish. The single-window interface is fully configurable, and I like the ability to see a live preview of what I'm working on just to the right of the text I'm typing in. Other nice features include the "File Browser" and "Navigator", which makes jumping around in a large document composed of several source .tex files easy to do. I've sent an email to the developer asking him to enhance these capabilities to be more "Scrivener-like", so that outlining and structuring longer documents is even easier. (Scrivener is another nice application, ideal for flexibly structuring large documents such a book.)

I've given Latexian ratings of 5 for Ease of Use, Value, and Stability. It's an excellent application, and I've shaved my rating for Features to 4.5, only because I'd like to encourage the developer to continue to enhance the application. With a bit more work, it could be an absolutely top-notch program.

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Version 1.0
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Version 1.2.4
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Version 1.2.4
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Version 1.0.3
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Downloads 8,355
Version Downloads 2,225
License Shareware
Date 03 Aug 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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