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MacTeX is a product produced by the MacTeX TeXnical working group of the TeX Users Group (TUG). It is the Mac component of the TeX Collection DVD, the reference edition of TeX distributed by TeX User Groups across the world. The reference edition runs on Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, various BSD Unix systems, and most other computer architectures.

The MacTeX Distribution is available on CTAN or on the TeX Collection DVD (free with membership of TUG or with many of the other Users Groups around the world). Redistribution of files from the MacTeX collection should be done
What's New
Version 2013:
  • Updated versions of the GUI applications that were already in MacTeX-2012
  • Installs the latest version of Ghostscript, 9.07
  • Distribution layout: the top-level texmf/ directory has been merged into texmf-dist/, for simplicity.
  • Both the TEXMFMAIN and TEXMFDIST Kpathsea variables now point to texmf-dist. Language collections are merged, to simplify installation and updates.
  • metapost: native support for PNG output and floating-point (IEEE double) has been added.
  • luatex: updated to Lua 5.2, and includes a new library (pdfscanner) to process external PDF page content.
  • xetex: The HarfBuzz library now used for font layout instead of ICU. (ICU is still used to support input encodings, bidirectionality, and the optional Unicode line breaking.) Graphite2 and HarfBuzz are used instead of SilGraphite for Graphite layout.
  • On Macs, Core Text is used instead of the (deprecated) ATSUI.
  • Prefer TrueType/OpenType fonts to Type1 when the names are the same.
  • Fix occasional mismatch in font finding between xetex and xdvipdfmx.
  • Support OpenType math cut-ins.
  • xdvi: now uses freetype instead of t1lib for rendering.
  • microtype.sty: some support for xetex (protrusion) and luatex (protrusion, font expansion, tracking), among other enhancements.
  • tlmgr: new pinning action to ease configuring multiple repositories.
Version 2013:
  • Updated versions of the GUI applications that were already in MacTeX-2012
  • Installs the latest version of Ghostscript, 9.07
  • Distribution layout: the top-level texmf/ directory has been merged into texmf-dist/, for simplicity.
  • Both the TEXMFMAIN and TEXMFDIST Kpathsea variables now point to texmf-dist. Language collections are merged, to simplify more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later








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Negritude commented on 06 Jul 2013
If you're just getting started with TeX and are a bit intimidated by the full 2GB+ download, there is a smaller version called BasicTeX:

"BasicTeX is a subset of TeX Live designed for easy download... The package is remarkably capable. It contains all of the standard tools needed to write TeX documents, including TeX, LaTeX, pdfTeX, MetaFont, dvips, MetaPost, and XeTeX. It contains AMSTeX, the Latin Modern Fonts, the TeX Live Manager to add and update packages from TeX Live, and the new SyncTeX."

Get it here:

http://www.tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html
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Peteeckel reviewed on 28 Jun 2013
I've been using TeX/LaTeX for many years now (started with the Lindner TeX on Atari ST about 25 years ago), and I'm still using it for technical documentation, invoices, concepts - everything. For my use it is much faster than any so-called WYSIWIG tool, causes far less troble than e.g. Word, provides perpetual backward compatibility with ancient documents, and above all produces high quality output like you'll never it see from Word.

LaTeX has a learning curve. But you'll go through that curve once, not with every major upgrade again and again. And at least for me it was much, much shorter than the one one goes though trying to master Word *properly* - which most people using it are far away from.

With respect to TeX implementations, MacTeX is very close to perfection. Painless upgrading, a smooth installation and a complete set of tools, and all of this for free. Everyone using it should consider making a donation to TUG or another official user group (or better: join a group and start contributing), because that's what keeps efforts like MacTeX alive.
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Kalice reviewed on 09 Jul 2012
This is BY FAR the best way to write scientific documents.

It beats hands down any graphical tools to write mathematical expressions exported/imported into crappy word processors as Office/Word/Mellel and all the likes..

Just forget about Office/Word + MathType or MathMagic and the likes. If you want to write some serious maths/physics/scientific docs, just use LaTeX.
[Version 2012]


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Espiridion reviewed on 10 Aug 2011
I'm a total newbie when it comes to TeX. I had read about it years ago while working on my dissertation, but never got around to really giving it a try.

I decided to install MacTeX a few days ago, and so far I'm loving it.

MacTEX-2011 contains six subpackages:
TeXLive-2011
GUI-Applications
Ghostscript-9.02
ImageMagick-Convert-6.6.9
Latin-Modern-Fonts
TeX-Gyre-Fonts

I'm using TeXShop, one of the GUI-Applications that's included. There are plenty of useful resources both through the Help and online. I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to start creating documents with basic formatting (e.g., bold, italic, different fonts, justification, etc.)

Of course, it will take me much longer to actually learn and perhaps master parts of TeX, but I'm more than willing to put some effort into it. Although now my use will be for text and graphics only and I won't use it for mathematical equations, it sill looks like an amazing choice.
[Version 2011]


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Mark Everitt reviewed on 05 Jul 2009
This is the best way (in my opinion) of installing TeX etc. on a mac. There are a number of other options, but this gets everything installed with minimal effort and includes the utilities that other methods may miss. There is also a smaller installer if you have a slow connection. If you're just getting started with TeX, this is the route to take.

I give this 5 stars as a technical user. If you are not already acquainted with TeX then you won't find this an easy package to use. As TeX is TeX, I'm reviewing this on the function it has as an installer for TeX and utilities, not for TeX itself.

Release notes (sort of) can be found here

http://www.tug.org/mactex/newfeatures.html
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Burak commented on 06 Jul 2009
Mark,

Having installed MacTex 2008 last year to be able to use LyX, I occasionally run TexLive Utility. I've just run it again now and it says "No Update..." Am I really up to date or should I download the whole package again? Release Notes doesn't make this clear for me. Can you help?
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Giovanni Lanzani replied on 06 Jul 2009
Same here, I already have tlmgr, which, they say, it is a new feature of MacTex-Live 2008..I suppose they just listed this app some months after it was released :)
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Mark Everitt replied on 06 Jul 2009
Mine stopped updating a few weeks ago too. I think this is normal though because it's happened on a few of my macs. Incidentally a mac friendly partial replacement for tlmgr can be found here

http://code.google.com/p/mactlmgr/
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Mark Everitt replied on 06 Jul 2009
Mine stopped updating a few weeks ago too. I think this is normal though because it's happened on a few of my macs. Incidentally a mac friendly partial replacement for tlmgr can be found here

http://code.google.com/p/mactlmgr/
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Red Herring replied on 09 Jul 2012
Sorry for too late reply. MacTeX is a derivative of TeXLive which exists for all UNIX (including MacOSX) and Windows as well. Packages (in contrast to binaries) are universal (not mac-specific). Usually at late Spring or early Summer TL becomes frozen (no new updates), then new TeXLive (and MacTeX) become prereleased and after few weeks testing (and updates of packages and binaries) they become frozen and then released. The previous versions remain frozen forever--no updates.

There have been discussions of updating of one release to another but so far they remain discussions and while possible with trickery these version updates are strongly discouraged.

BTW different versions of TL and MacTeX can coexist on the same computer and switch between versions in MacTeX is the easiest with "TeX Distribution" control pane (in System Preferences, which is installed by MacTeX)
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jayw5191 had trouble on 20 Sep 2013
When I installed the MacTex into my Mac,all things went well before the last second when the installer said that something went wrong during the progress of installing,and suggested me installing again,but the second time was the same .The system advised me to go for software-maker for help.I just can't understand what should I do.I am a freshman in the college .Please give me a hand! Thanks!
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Alex-Br rated on 09 Jul 2012

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MacTeX is a product produced by the MacTeX TeXnical working group of the TeX Users Group (TUG). It is the Mac component of the TeX Collection DVD, the reference edition of TeX distributed by TeX User Groups across the world. The reference edition runs on Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, various BSD Unix systems, and most other computer architectures.

The MacTeX Distribution is available on CTAN or on the TeX Collection DVD (free with membership of TUG or with many of the other Users Groups around the world). Redistribution of files from the MacTeX collection should be done with care after reading the License restrictions by copyright holders.

MacTeX consists of two pieces: MacTeX-2008 and MacTeXtras. MacTeX-2008 is an install package which installs everything needed to run TeX on Mac OS X. The package uses Apple's standard installer; installation takes four to eight minutes and is automatic. MacTeXtras is a collection of optional extras: Additional Front Ends, Spell Checkers, Documentation, and Showcase items.


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