LyX
LyX
2.3.2

4.9

LyX free download for Mac

LyX

2.3.2
11 June 2019

Simplified front end for LaTeX.

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 LyX

Version 2.3.2:

Read the complete release notes.

Updates:

Document input/output:

  • Add support for non-ASCII characters in hyperlinks
  • Support rotated table cells with linebreaks
  • Add support for LyX logo in RTL output
  • Update support for linguistic subexamples.
  • Support key symbols via menukeys package

Tex2lyx improvements:

  • Add support for multirow
  • Improve import of titling commands other than \maketitle
  • Add support for horizontal longtabular alignment
  • Add support for btUnit (multibib)
  • Add support for decimal alignment in table cells
  • Add support for plural and capitalized refstyle references
Bug fixes:

Document input/output

  • Fix footnotes in table with hyperref
  • When cloning a buffer, do not start from a parent if it is not the current master (e.g., when compiling a child alone)
  • Disallow paragraph customization in some single-par charstyle insets
  • Fix problems with extra table borders added on table modification
  • Fix text direction in figure wrap floats with RTL
  • Fix text direction issue in info insets with RTL context
  • Fix text direction problem with polyglossia with nested languages
  • Use LTR environment for forceLTR content in RTL context with polyglossia
  • Fix output of key symbols with info inset on the Mac
  • Fix output of table cells with multiple languages
  • Fix RTL table output with bidi package (non-TeX fonts)
  • Do not mark the import converters for Sweave and knitr as needauth
  • Fix conversion of captions from LyX 2.0 documents
  • Ignore horizontal wheel scrolling in work area

19 LyX Reviews

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Mark-Everitt
09 June 2009

Most helpful

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.
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Version 1.6.3
Iliketrash
13 June 2019
With LyX available I don't know why anyone would want to use any LaTeX coding app.
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Version 2.3.2
Ratti
22 September 2015
The version 2.1.4 was released on 30.7.2015
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Version 2.1.3
john-1234
29 September 2014
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!
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Version 2.1.2
Sxreader
25 April 2014
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.
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Version 2.1.0
Benesch
14 November 2012
The best. 'Nuf said
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Version 2.0.5
mugsuk
02 July 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.
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Version 2.0.4
Wyzo
02 December 2011
I love lyx. Latex made simple.
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Version 2.0.2
Iliketrash
15 September 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.
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Version 2.0.1
Mark-Everitt
09 June 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.
Like (2)
Version 1.6.3
3 answer(s)
Sampler
Sampler
09 June 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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Version 1.6.3
Mark-Everitt
Mark-Everitt
09 June 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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Version 1.6.3
Sampler
Sampler
09 June 2009
Good points. I agree.
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Version 1.6.3
Max0913e
30 December 2008
This cool OpenSource Software deserves 5 Stars!
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Version 1.6.1
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  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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