Texmaker

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.3
File Size:
51.3MB
Date Added:
July 29, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
20,193
Downloads Last Week:
226
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Additional Requirements:
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Editors' review

Despite the explosion of online, e-book, and document publishing formats, TeX is still a cornerstone of academic, scientific, and technical publishing, as it has been since the late 1970s. TeX's mission has always been to make high-quality typesetting and publishing easy and consistent across platforms. LaTeX is the document markup language of TeX, and LaTeX editors are required to create TeX documents. ATG's Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor. It's an up-to-date, cross-platform-capable tool that integrates the features you need to prepare and create TeX documents in a single interface. It offers Unicode support and useful extras such as a spell checker, autocompletion, code-folding, and an integrated PDF viewer.

Texmaker's user interface bears a family resemblance to other program-specific text-editing tools, though with a sleek design that makes subtle use of color and highlighting to distinguish Texmaker from the old-timers still in use on workstations and desktops in academia, industry, and elsewhere.

The program initially launches with its Structure sidebar open next to the main view; we could toggle the sidebar open and closed as well as access the Messages/Log feature and Source Viewer from buttons along the lower edge. Texmaker includes many of its most important tools and extras in menus as well as toolbar icons and sidebar palettes. Some of the standouts are the Math menu, a Bibliography menu with submenus for Bibtext and Biblatext, and a Quick Build tool that offers not just LaTeX but also PDFLaTeX, MPost, Asymptote, and many other build languages. The Wizard menu's Quick Start, Quick Letter, Quick Tabular, and other wizards proved invaluable for learning to use Texmaker, with assistance from the User Manual, LaTeX Reference, and other items on the Help menu.

It's a tribute to Texmaker's design that we were able to quickly create a basic document, despite little experience with LaTeX. Texmaker is no more complex or difficult to use than many editing and desktop publishing tools aimed at the general user, and easier than some. The difference is that Texmaker is specific to LaTeX. If you regularly use LaTeX editors or work with TeX documents, give Texmaker a try.

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  • 5 stars

    "Powerful and stable free LaTeX editor"

    February 09, 2013   |   By dcardan

    Version: Texmaker 3.5.2

    Pros

    Texmaker is a powerful free and stable LaTeX editor with a clean interface and a lot of functionalities : full unicode support, integrated pdf viewer, inline spell checking, syntax highlighting, autocompletion, snippets, block selection, code folding, support for regular expressions...
    This free software is maintained by the same stable development team since 2003.

    Cons

    A svn support should be added.

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  • 1 stars

    "Great performance history - but becoming buggy."

    July 03, 2012   |   By wolfmanmi

    Version: Texmaker 3.3.4

    Pros

    Cross-platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

    I've used Texmaker on Windows and Ubuntu for years and had been very happy.

    Cons

    Recently added a mac to my line-up and installed Texmaker. There are some minor bugs - at least on OS X Lion. I tried using their issue tracker to report the bugs, but am very disappointed with the outcome.

    The issues get marked "done" before they are resolved and now I know why I couldn't find other people with the same issues - the issues are being deleted by the development team. This is strange. Further, I was mocked by one of the developers for not being able to find the line of code with the error!

    I shouldn't have to be able to edit the source of the program to be able to use it successfully.

    Summary

    If you don't mind it being a little buggy, then I say go for it! I was happy for a long time with Texmaker.

    There are other cross-platform editors. While I don't expect perfection (in fact, I love open source projects), I do expect to not be mocked for reporting bugs.

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