A few remarks about software
- In the computer lab and more generally, on
computers running UNIX/Linux operating systems, the
recommended editor is Kile.
- A similar Windows-based environment is TeXnicCenter
Alternatively, you may consider WinEdit (30 days
trial period, then has to be purchased; inexpensive)
or a full-blown commercial editor Scientific
Word with integrated LaTeX.
- On Mac OS, a good option is TeXShop.
Click that link, go to the "Obtaining" page and
follow instructions. Alternately just click here
to dowload everything you need (the total file is
over a gigabyte so you will need to be patient).
Command-line LaTeXing (in a
UNIX terminal window)
- latex filename.tex (create dvi file).
To quit in the case of errors, press "x" or "Ctrl-C"
- xdvi filename.dvi (view dvi file)
- dvips filename.dvi (convert dvi to ps)
- gv filename.ps (invoke Ghostview to
view Postscript file)
- ps2pdf filename.ps (convert ps to pdf)
- acroread filename.pdf (invoke Acrobat
Reader to view PDF file)
- A PDF file can be created directly from a LaTeX
file by the command pdflatex filename.tex.
However, this command does not properly process
encapsulated postscript graphics. There is a
little trick to bypass the problem.
Related Web Resources
Some LaTeX Information:
Professional LaTeX references
(consider purchasing if you are planning to use
LaTeX beyond this course)
The Elements of
Style by William Strunk ``gives
in brief space the principal requirements of plain
English style and concentrates attention on the rules
of usage and principles of composition most commonly