LyX
LyX 2.0.7.1
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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
Version 2.0.7.1:
  • This is a bugfix release that affects Mac OS X only. There were some issues with the menus in LyX 2.0.7 on OS X. Specifically, "dynamic" menu items were lost, and there was a problem restoring the menus from full-screen operation. Both issues are fixed in 2.0.7.1.
  • Access the complete release notes.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • LaTeX installation like MacTeX



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LyX User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Benesch reviewed on 14 Nov 2012
The best. 'Nuf said
[Version 2.0.5]


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Mugsuk reviewed on 02 Jul 2012
I cannot convey how awesome this is. I don't have the time to learn TeX, but this has given me all the benefits. I am very proficient with Word, but this is a completely different way to approach word processing / text layout, and much better if you ask me. The learning curve is a touch steep if you are not prepared to read the manuals, but I have become completely comfortable in a matter of days without once checking a manual. I use this with Bibdesk and Preview and am amazed at how organised you academic life can be.
[Version 2.0.4]


burypromote
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Wyzo reviewed on 01 Dec 2011
I love lyx. Latex made simple.
[Version 2.0.2]


burypromote
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Iliketrash reviewed on 15 Sep 2011
I'm just getting up to speed with LyX after turning up my nose at it a few times over a few years. This time, I am mightily impressed. This is hands down the easiest way to make structured documents and have them typset with the uber-capable LaTeX system. You don't have to learn to code LaTeX but if you know it already, you can always embed it to your heart's content. The first thing you have to get use to is, this isn't Microsoft Word. And that's a good thing. The ability to completely change the look of your document with a couple of mouse clicks is amazing. This is useful for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is submitting work to different places which require different layouts. The developers have worked hard to make this non-Linyxy, porting it to the Qt framework to give it a fairly Mac-like appearance. (I'm a stickler for Mac-like behavior, and the Qt framework has some annoying behaviors but it's a huge, huge improvement over the X system.) The on-screen appearance is surprisingly WYSIWYG, which is helpful in long writing sessions. But, as the developers like to say, this is What You Get Is What You Mean, or something like that. The payoff comes when you hit Command-R and in a few seconds your default PDF viewer opens with a beautifully-rendered professional-looking page. You can't imagine how much better a true typeset page looks when compared to the usual output from a word processor. And to see it set in the format of your favorite journal is pretty cool. Yes, there is a learning curve, but so is there a learning curve with any program that does non-trivial word processing. The documentation for LyX is unusually good (for an open source project), and the developers are quite responsive.
[Version 2.0.1]


burypromote
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Mark Everitt commented on 09 Jun 2009
Whilst I'm told this is excellent for writing, it's causing me nothing but trouble. I author scientific papers and I've learnt to use LaTeX normally. Anytime someone can't use LaTeX and can use only LyX it makes collaboration total hell.

If you write documents on your own, fair enough, but if you write documents with other people who don't use LyX then raw LaTeX obviously supersedes it! Ultimately it's better to learn LaTeX. It really isn't that difficult.
[Version 1.6.3]

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burypromote

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sampler replied on 09 Jun 2009
I agree that you must learn LaTeX if you write for a journal that has its own document classes and styles. Otherwise, why not use LyX's built-in LaTeX convertor?
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Mark Everitt replied on 09 Jun 2009
We've tried. It messes up all sorts of things though. In particular when you're passing a paper back and forth. You wind up with all sorts of crazy stuff going on. In plain LaTeX this happens much less and diffs are simpler.
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sampler replied on 09 Jun 2009
Good points. I agree.
burypromote
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max0913e reviewed on 30 Dec 2008
This cool OpenSource Software deserves 5 Stars!
[Version 1.6.1]


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ahollen reviewed on 16 Mar 2008
LyX (LaTeX) proofs to be a very nice text processor for educational scientists. They do a lot of statistical and qualitative data analysis, wright complex and long documents like theses and books. Compared to programms aiming for office use, LyX is reliable and easy to use. I.e. the integration of BibTex is nicer then EndNote@Word.
There are a hand full pitfalls you have to know how to avoid. If LaTeX refuses the text setting into pdf, there are a few possible reasons for this. Best hints:
- the error messages will highlight the problematic zone(s)
- Use the the "go back" arrows in LyX, until your document is in a workable state.
[Version 1.5.4]


burypromote
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foozman reviewed on 21 Mar 2006
In many ways better than LyX 1.3x; however, mine crashes every time I quit. This is not really bad, but it's not good either. However, I suggest that everyone who uses LateX or avoids using LaTeX give this a try. I have completely converted from LaTeX to LyX
[Version 1.4]


burypromote
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Mis Ebling commented on 04 Mar 2006
Best peace of software ever!

Congratulations to the team...

E;-°)))
[Version 1.3.7]


burypromote

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chagrins reviewed on 18 Jan 2006
Thanks to the Mac developers of this - if it weren't for their hard and excellent work, I'd still be using LyX in X11. Thank goodness!
[Version 1.3.7]


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Georg-74 rated on 03 Feb 2013

[Version 2.0.5.1]



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Georg-74 rated on 14 Nov 2012

[Version 2.0.5]



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Agent59653198 rated on 01 Mar 2012

[Version 2.0.3]



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Agent59653198 rated on 01 Dec 2011

[Version 2.0.2]



+10

Georg-74 rated on 08 May 2011

[Version 2.0.0]


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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.


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