A couple of things happened to Tex/Latex recently.
The first one comes about the “Father” of Tex, Prof. Emeritus Donald E. Knuth, gossiping about making an earthshaking announcement in TUG 2010 Conference. He has actually advertised a nice name for successor of Tex. Guess what? iTex … Hope this gentleman hasn’t turned to an apple fan, provided his character of full of humors.
Secondly Texmaker has released its 2.0 version (July 30th, 2010), featuring a built-in previewer. Nowadays there are at least dozens of ways to do previewing in Latex editing, most of which don’t require reopening the viewer. Since I’m accustomed to PdfLatex, several combinations that I have tested and work fine are as below.
- (Win) Texmaker/Winedt + Sumatra PDF
- (Linux) Texmaker/Gedit (with Latex plugin) + Evince
- (Win/Linux) Texworks with built-in previewer
- (Win/Linux) Texmaker with built-in previewer (New!)
- (Linux) Eclipse (TeXlipse) + Evince
Sumatra PDF viewer is an excellent lightweight open-source PDF viewer for Windows and should be recommended to all (the catch is it’s a disaster for printing). Getting down to our business, I have tried to install Texmaker 2.0 on my Ubuntu laptop (with v1.99 installed) as follows:
$ wget http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/texmaker_2.0-1_i386.deb $ sudo apt-get remove texmaker $ sudo apt-get autoremove $ sudo dpkg -i texmaker_2.0-1_i386.deb
It is much faster than previous versions and the previewer is really cool! The only catch with the installation is to ensure executing autoremove after removing previous versions (line 2 & 3), otherwise errors will be encountered. I guess this is because some significant changes have to be made to the underlying engine to facilitate the previewing.
To close with some logistic things: I have changed the theme of this blog to make more place for text, and hopefully this pleases your eyes while reading.