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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 very popular app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to LaTeX for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Markdown, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LaTeX are Groff, Pollen, CommonMark and MacTeX.

LaTeX alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Code Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of LaTeX.
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LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. The term LaTeX refers...

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    Markdown

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

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    Last update was in Dec 2004. The original app is no longer developed but the Markdown language continues in use and support through many other projects.

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    Groff

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The groff (GNU troff) software is a typesetting package which reads plain text mixed with formatting commands and produces formatted output.

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    LaTeX and Groff are both typesetting systems

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  3. Pollen

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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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    CommonMark

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
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    For short it's the Markdown syntax standard. It replaces the old original Markdown.

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    MacTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    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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    WordTsar

    • FreeOpen Source
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    WordTsar is a Wordstar 7.0D document mode clone. It loads Wordstar 4, Wordstar 7, RTF (partial), and DOCX (partial) files, and saves in Wordstar 7 and RTF format.

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    DocBook

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    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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  8. ConTeXt (Typesetting System)

    • FreeOpen Source
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    “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.nl/)

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    Uses same underlying typesetting engine (Tex) but enables layout customization in more consistent commands.

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    Growly Write

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    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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  10. Text::Amuse

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Markup language for AMuseWiki.

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