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Collaborative LaTeX Editor With Preview In Your Web Browser 99

Celarent Darii writes "Slashdot readers have undoubtedly heard of Google Docs and the many other online word processing solutions that run in the browser. However, as a long-time user of TeX and LaTeX, these solutions are not my favorite way of doing things. Wouldn't it be nice to TeX something in your browser? Well, look no further, there is now an online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated rapid preview. Some fantastic features: quasi-instant preview, automatic versioning of source, easy collaboration and you can even upload files and pictures. Download your project later when you get home. Are you a TeX guru with some masterpieces? Might I suggest uploading them? For the beginner: you can start here."
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Collaborative LaTeX Editor With Preview In Your Web Browser

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 14, 2013 @02:46PM (#42898617)

    Why should I do with an online only service what I can already do on my laptop?

    The service is closed source also and it is impossible to self host it.

    No thanks.

  • Re:Try LyX! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by manicb ( 1633645 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @03:58PM (#42899949)

    For me LyX was "LaTeX with training wheels"; after about a year of LyX I've moved to pure LaTeX for more complex functionality. However, I found LaTeX far less intimidating that it might have been as I was already familiar with the concepts and with the names of most functions.

    Where it really excels though is in the well-thought-out system of keyboard shortcuts. I used it in the final year of my degree to take down lecture notes, including equations and derivations, and found I was generally able to keep up with a blackboard. Try that with Equation Editor!

  • Purpose of LaTeX (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ossifer ( 703813 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @04:04PM (#42900041)

    While there is certainly value in continuous as-you-type output rendering of LaTex, remember that the purpose of LaTeX is typesetting, not word processing. The value is that you describe to (La)TeX how you want things to be rendered and rely upon it doing the right thing, which it nearly always does, beautifully.

    You can change something, restructure, re-order, re-design etc. and everything falls perfectly (usually) into place. This is not the case with the WYSIWYG word processing systems--the closest they get to this is the rather limited "styles" presets.

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson