LyX Reviews

Not an alternativeTo TeXworks (if you are a user of LaTeX for academic pubs)

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The GUI looks cool, and the concept is interesting, but how many LaTeX users use it because they like the output? Many of us use it because we have no choice (academic publications require the math and styles forced by journals, conferences, etc.). LyX didn't work when I tried it in this context. Beware before you download/install the 200 MB!

There are many reasons why LyX would or would not work on your particular system (and many of these issues are related to LaTeX, actually). The proper avenue to seek help is the lyx-users ML. As for the download size, LyX itself is more skinny than that; but since it depends on a lot of external tools and converters, a bundle installer for a fresh installation (on Windows) is indeed a big download. But remember that most of this download is actually the included MiKTeX LaTeX distribution, so nothing to blame LyX for. :)