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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unrecognizable image won't load."

    August 28, 2010  |   By k1d3q9n0

    Version: LyX 1.6.7

    Pros

    LyX is usually great software.

    Cons

    This particular version is broken.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mounting failed"

    July 18, 2010  |   By micrology

    Version: LyX 1.6.7

    Pros

    Not able to test

    Cons

    Three attempts to download all gave the same result: unrecognised file, mounting failed, although the file is 29MB and the download itself seems OK.

    Summary

    Probably some small and easily correctable problem at CNET's end

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Best document editor around"

    March 8, 2007  |   By Anonynonymous

    Version: LyX 1.4.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been using LyX on Mac for over a year now, after I gave up on Microsoft Word for Mac and NeoOffice and OpenOffice. There is a bit of a learning curve, though less than with LaTeX. The program is small, fast, and stable. The developers' team is so responsive and down-to-earth that they sometimes implement features upon users' request within a few weeks (though it depends on the feature, of course). I'd recommend LyX to anyone who is not afraid of reading a manual or two, but it's not for fans of Clippy.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good tool for slide production"

    February 22, 2007  |   By infoseeker2

    Version: LyX 1.4.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Have used long term (Linux, Windows and Mac). Recent versions have become more and more Mac-like. Produces good looking consistent documents effectively after getting over the learning curve. Check out Beamer for creating PDFs for slide shows.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Such a good idea but..."

    October 8, 2004  |   By Peter Watson

    Version: LyX 1.3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    LyX looks exactly like what I have wanted for a long time: a LaTeX word processor that hides the LaTeX! However, it won't import standard LaTeX files ("Error in running the script" makes a little hard to debug!), even the standard reference "TeX for the Impatient" book can't be imported. The interface is very un-Maclike: only one open window makes it hard to work on related documents, and the open-file dialogs are clumsy. Pity: such a good idea.

    Texshop uses the same teTex installer (and it's not simple or intuitive: you have to follow every step exactly). However, once installed it runs flawlessly and produces superb pdf output very fast. It is totally consistent with the UI. What it does not have is the interface that is (semi)-WYSIWYG, so that the rather non-intuitive LaTeX commands can be hidden: insead one has to flip between the LaTeX file and the pdf.
    Peter Watson

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work"

    July 22, 2004  |   By davids-world.com

    Version: LyX 1.3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    no data exchange via copy/paste (Apple-V) from external application, "paste external as lines/paragraphs" doesn't work (doesn't get the paragraph structure right).

    the file selector that comes up looks weird and is not the correct standard file selector.

    text selection doesn't work, for example double click on a word, then extending the selection word-wise -- no reaction. or: shift-click to extend selection doesn't work either.

    also, when i close the window, the application quits. that's a UI bug under OS X.

    shortcuts are missing from the menus.

    dialogs look ugly -- the text in buttons for example.

    any chance to get a decent UI? if that's as good as it gets on the Mac with Trolltech's QT, then I don't understand why Trolltech could possibly talk about "Aqua UI Look&Feel".

    ps.: functionality of this might be quite nice -- but i didn't get to test it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Mature and stable"

    February 25, 2004  |   By wincent--2008

    Version: LyX 1.3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have used LyX on and off for years now whenever I've had to write long documents. The current version has finally hit the stability/maturity sweet spot, and LyX now takes the crown as my undisputed favourite "long document processor". Installation is a lot easier now (although installing teTeX can be a nightmare), but there are still some configuration tricks that aren't immediately obvious. The point is, however, that once the configuration is done, everything just works exactly as it should.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I love this program"

    February 21, 2004  |   By gdanon

    Version: LyX 1.3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The concept of LyX is brilliant. You concentrate on the content and not on the formatting and still get beautiful output; and you get this without having to give up the convenience of a visually-oriented GUI. Ah, and it's free and cross-platform.

    However, the Qt interface is not 100% Mac-like, so you have to live with some minor annoyances.
    Still, this is a wonderful program.

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