[OS X TeX] Scientific Workplace/Word or similar products

Jens Nöckel noeckel at uoregon.edu
Tue Mar 31 22:26:00 CEST 2009


Hi,
I would tell your colleague to look at TeXmacs (http:// 
www.texmacs.org/) if he doesn't mind a somewhat bare-bones user  
experience - TeXmacs is well-integrated with the computer algebra  
system maxima.
If he doesn't need the direct interaction with computer algebra  
systems etc., just convenient typing, then your colleague simply  
_must_ try LyX, www.lyx.org. If you use it in parallel with other  
applications, it's very easy to copy graphics, text and LaTeX code  
into LyX via the clipboard. This makes the workflow quite smooth,  
though perhaps not quite as integrated as with SWP. LyX and TeXmacs  
have a LaTeX back-end, but hide the LaTeX source code from the user  
(though you can switch to source view in LyX). You can create PDF or  
export to LaTeX, HTML, etc. at the push of a button. There many other  
goodies in LyX, such as an outline view where you can drag around  
sections to rearrange them, or built-in version control. LyX can also  
interact with computer algebra systems (including maxima) but only at  
a rudimentary level, so that cut and paste is still the easiest way of  
interacting with LyX.

Jens


On Mar 31, 2009, at 12:25 PM, Lee Witt wrote:

> The program SAGE (I use it on a Mac, but documentation says one  
> version will work on windows as well) might be an answer. It comes  
> with a "sagetex" style,
> which allows embedding of sage code in a latex main document
>
> http://www.sagemath.org/download.html
>
>
> 2009/3/31 Lantz Susan <lantzs at trine.edu>
> A colleague, who recently returned to using LaTeX after a long  
> absence, just came in and asked me if I knew of a product similar to  
> Scientific Workplace, but less pricey. He needs a program that will  
> manipulate numbers and variables and typeset the results in LaTeX.
>
> Mac (or even Windows) product recommendations appreciated.
>
> Thanks in advance for your assistance.
>
>
> Susan Lantz
>
> Susan A. Lantz, Ph.D.
>
> Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
>
> Trine University
>
> Angola, IN 46703
>
>
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