Guide to LaTeX & Typesetting
LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system designed to produce beautiful technical and scientific documents, especially involving mathematical equations.
It is widely used in typesetting science and mathematics journals.
Free Software for OS X
TeXShop is a nice, modern TeX editor and previewer for OS X. It is easy to install and use. We recommend it as your base of operation for LaTeX.
TeX FoG (= TeX Formula Graphic user interface) is a tool that helps TeX and LaTeX users type equations
without the need to remember all the commands. It is very helpful when learning LaTeX, and it works well with TeXShop.
LaTeXiT is a small utility that allows you to quickly typeset LaTeX equations, without bothering with file creation, preambles, and so on.
The PDF image obtained can then be exported by drag'n drop to any supporting application, such as Keynote.
BibDesk is designed to create, organize, and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX.bib format.
BibDesk integrates well with TeX for creating citations and bibliographies for longer documents.
Free Software for Windows
Free WYSIWYM document processor, designed for scientists by scientists, which uses LaTeX, the open source, industrial strength typesetting engine, in the background.
When typesetting mathematical equations, this is the most popular alternative to LaTeX. It is very intuitive and fun to use. It is well integrated into the latest versions of both Apple iWork and Microsoft Word.
From the makers of Mathematica, this is an easy-to-use commerical WYSIWYG front-end to LaTeX, and much more.
Our Word template is a good non-LaTeX alternative, especially for short articles, if you have the Equation Editor properly installed.