LaTeX Alternatives

    LaTeX is described as 'document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. The term LaTeX refers only to the language in which documents are written, not to the editor used to write those documents. In order to create a document in LaTeX, a ' and is a well-known app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to LaTeX for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, Windows, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Microsoft Word. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try AbiWord or Pages. Other great apps like LaTeX are Twake (Freemium, Open Source), MacTeX (Free, Open Source), Manuscripts (Free) and DocBook (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 23, 2021

    1. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.
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      Microsoft Word vs LaTeX opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Word is still a legitimate alternative to LaTeX, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Microsoft Word is not a "typesetting" but a "WYSIWYG" document processor.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      MS Word: WISIWIG editor LaTeX: Typesetting editor totally differend things.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      Microsoft Word is a WYSIWIG document editor while LaTeX is typesetting editor
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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    2. AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.
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    3. Pages is a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool for the Mac. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.
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    4. Twake is a real-time teamwork platform. It is a suite of collaborative tools that includes the specificities of some best-sellers (slack, trello, google drive,...).
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      MacTeX is a redistribution of TeX Live, a typesetting environment. While TeX Live is designed to be cross-platform (running on Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows), MacTeX includes Mac-specific utilities and front-ends.
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      MacTeX is a TeX distribution that includes LaTeX.
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    5. Manuscripts helps you get started on the right track. The app understands the format you need when submitting to your target journal. It can even warn you of missing sections, violated word limits, and many more factors affecting your submission.
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      Manuscripts is no typesetting tool
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      Manuscripts is no typesetting document processor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    6. DocBook is a schema (available in several languages including RELAX NG, SGML and XML DTDs, and W3C XML Schema) maintained by the DocBook Technical Committee of OASIS.
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    7. “a system for typesetting documents based on TEX and METAPOST. You can use this system for converting documents coded in TEX format as well as documents coded in XML into high quality PDF” (http://www.pragma-ade.
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      ConTeXt (Typesetting System) vs LaTeX opinions
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      superluminar Uses same underlying typesetting engine (Tex) but enables layout customization in more consistent commands.
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    8. Pollen is a publishing system that helps authors create beautiful and functional web-based books. Pollen includes tools for writing, designing, programming, testing, and publishing.
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    9. It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor Perhaps the word processor you’ve been using has 100 times more features than you need. Or it won’t work the way you want it to — too many views or too few, and nothing makes any sense.
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