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LyX for Mac

Simplified front end for LaTeX.

Free
In English
Version 2.4.0
4.5
Based on 20 user rates

LyX overview

LyX is a fully fuctional WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) frontend for LaTeX wnich allows users with no programming knowledge to get the full benefits of LaTeX. It differs from products such as TeTeX as one needs to know no code and can simply write and mark any text as a footnote of chapter heading etc., and then hit the PDF button to get a perfectly formatted output.

What’s new in version 2.4.0

  • Work on LyX 2.4 started in August 2017, in parallel to the final preparations of LyX 2.3.0 (which has been released in March 2018). Since then, the LyX development repository has seen more than 8700 commits with contributions by 40 persons, ranging from singular contributions to about 2500 commits by the most active developer.
  • LyX has been using Unicode (utf8) internally for a long time now. Unicode has also been used with the "modern" TeX engines (XeTeX, LuaTeX) by default. As of LyX 2.4, with LaTeX itself having switched to utf8 as default in 2018, LyX now also uses utf8 encoding per default in classic (pdf)latex.
  • Starting with LyX 2.4, all documents can be transformed into ePub 3. This feature is implemented on top of the DocBook 5 export, and has the same limitations (mostly, Beamer documents are not supported).
  • LyX 2.4 introduces a rewritten support for DocBook, updated for DocBook 5. Most notably, all LyX documents can be output as DocBook, using a specific layout is no more required.
  • Previous versions of LyX generated XHTML 1 code, while LyX 2.4 will produce XHTML5 output with some semantic tags (
    for all documents). The resulting files are closer to validity than previously. They can still be parsed as XML.

Full list of changes available here

LyX for Mac

Free
In English
Version 2.4.0
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4.5

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Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Jun 20 2024
2.4.0
5.0
Jun 20 2024
5.0
Version: 2.4.0
This is the only technical word processor for the Mac. It has world-class writing capability throughout for all authors, technical or otherwise. Don't worry if you don't know what LaTeX is--just hit the "PDF" function and admire the beautiful, professional-looking output.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Jun 13 2019
2.3.2
5.0
Jun 13 2019
5.0
Version: 2.3.2
With LyX available I don't know why anyone would want to use any LaTeX coding app.
Ratti
Ratti
Sep 22 2015
2.1.3
0.0
Sep 22 2015
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
The version 2.1.4 was released on 30.7.2015
john-1234
john-1234
Sep 29 2014
2.1.2
5.0
Sep 29 2014
5.0
Version: 2.1.2
I wrote my entire PhD thesis with this wonderful software and Jabref years ago. The tracking function is good enough for collaboration between my advisor and me. Good job!
Sxreader
Sxreader
Apr 25 2014
2.1.0
4.5
Apr 25 2014
4.5
Version: 2.1.0
This is a very nice document preparation tool. My main usage case was to typeset notes with lots of math and also prototype journal articles. The disadvantages is that not everyone uses it so if you collaborate with anyone who doesn't use it (usually your boss) you have to switch to latex and also sometimes in order to publish you need to make micro-adjustments, which are usually one command in latex but require a lot of drilling in lyx. But this is understandable as there can be no perfect GUI. For the mac there is also the problem is that it is not retina ready and this does not seem to be a priority for the developers (also understandable since it requires an update of the toolkit and all the bindings and probably that is too complicated). It is still perfectly usable of course, but add this all up and a modern latex editor with live preview seems to be more practical these days. And I say this after using lyx for 10 years. I still recommend it as an educational tool for latex or for the people who are not very demanding with their documents (i.e. they don't need to publish). For whoever wants to use latex for publishing (or for collaboration), there is no way to escape learning it in the end and using lyx will simply delay the inevitable.
Elis65
Elis65
Jun 30 2022
2.3.4.2
5.0
Jun 30 2022
5.0
Version: 2.3.4.2
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Jun 13 2019
5.0
Jun 13 2019
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-dingo-1006
Oct 7 2016
5.0
Version: null
Surfspirit
Surfspirit
Nov 1 2014
2.0
Nov 1 2014
2.0
Version: null
john-1234
john-1234
Sep 29 2014
5.0
Sep 29 2014
5.0
Version: null
Sxreader
Sxreader
Apr 25 2014
4.5
Apr 25 2014
4.5
Version: null
Georg-74
Georg-74
Feb 3 2013
5.0
Feb 3 2013
5.0
Version: null
Benesch
Benesch
Nov 14 2012
5.0
Nov 14 2012
5.0
Version: null
mugsuk
mugsuk
Jul 2 2012
5.0
Jul 2 2012
5.0
Version: null
Agent59653198
Agent59653198
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Version: null
Wyzo
Wyzo
Dec 2 2011
5.0
Dec 2 2011
5.0
Version: null
Max0913e
Max0913e
Dec 30 2008
5.0
Dec 30 2008
5.0
Version: null
Ahollen
Ahollen
Mar 16 2008
4.0
Mar 16 2008
4.0
Version: null
Foozman
Foozman
Mar 21 2006
4.0
Mar 21 2006
4.0
Version: null
Chagrins
Chagrins
Jan 18 2006
5.0
Jan 18 2006
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Sep 21 2005
3.3
Sep 21 2005
3.3
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Jul 21 2005
5.0
Jul 21 2005
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Nov 24 2003
4.3
Nov 24 2003
4.3
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Nov 24 2003
4.5
Nov 24 2003
4.5
Version: null
Anvil
Anvil
Nov 23 2003
4.5
Nov 23 2003
4.5
Version: null