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pronounced as "tech", is a professional typesetting system
created in 1977 by Donald
E. Knuth, a professor at Stanford University, and
the author of famous The Art of Computer
TeX provides a simple text-only
code describing a typesetted document with a high
quality output file in
(DeVice Independent) format, PostScript
In addition to PlainTeX,
the initially TeX macro-language by Donald E. Knuth, other TeX
modifications were created: LaTeX
is the most popular extension of TeX by Leslie
Lamport that became a standard for professional
throughout the world, and AMS-TeX
created by Michael
D. Spivak at the American Mathematical Society for
typesetting of highly complicate mathematical papers. The Lion
above, the TeX logo, was drawn by Duanne Bibby,
a well-known commercial artist who illustrated Knuth's TeX Book
and Lamport's LaTeX Book.
Any TeX package
contains PlainTeX/LaTeX/AMS-TeX processors, a DVI-viewer,
fonts, and utilites. Free or shareware TeX packages can be downloaded
from the internet
links given below. The links we have listed refer only to
the most popular
working TeX packages operating under MS Windows, Macintosh, Linux/Unix and
other platforms as indicated. Additional TeX software can be obtained
from the TeX Users Group
(TUG) or the Compressive Tex Archive Network (CTAN).
The principal CTAN hosts are U.S.
Cambridge CTAN (U.K.),
CTAN (Germany), which contain links to other CTAN
mirrors throughout the world. For an express
download use the FTP
link to Cambridge CTAN. It should be noted that Windows or
contain TeX software, so it is required to install
separately. In contrast to it, any complete distribution of Linux or
other Unix-like system (BSD, OpenSolaris, etc.) has a complete
TeX-system, TeX-editor, postscript fonts and viewers on board.
All books accessed
on this website are free for distribution according to the GNU General
Public License and the copyright agreement under
books are distributed by their authors and publishers. These free books
also other free literature on TeX/LaTeX can be found on CTAN, in
The Not So
Short Introduction to LaTeX 2ε by Tobias Oetiker
(the newest English edition, 2008), written with contribution
by Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna, and Elisabeth Schlegl. This perfect book
is most popular among both beginners and professionals. Many translations
of it were produced:
Beginner's Introduction to Typesetting with LaTeX
by Peter Flynn (English, 2005). This book
gives an introduction into LaTeX and
the LaTeX typesetting. Here is also
the 1st edition
Tutorial. A Primer by
A. M. Shan, T. Rishi,
L. A. Ajith,
A. J. Alex, and C. V. Radhakrishnan
of the Indian
TUG Team (English, 2003). The book is also accessed
in the presentation
format. This is
Part 1 of a planned LaTeX multivolume textbook.
Part 2, started in 2004, explains tricks with graphics in
LaTeX. Yet, Part 2 is accessed only in the presentation format.
and Typesetting with LaTeX by Serge Lvowski
(3rd Russian edition, 2003). This is maybe
the best book among this sort literature. This
actual "LaTeX bible" is recommended to both beginners and
professionals (much attention is paid to change of
the standard LaTeX styles, that was omitted in
the other books). Yet, this book is
accessed only in Russian (volunteers are welcome for translation).
Someone may also be interested in the 1st edition
(1992) spent on LaTeX 2.09.
LaTeX Symbol List by Scott Pakin (English, 2008).
This is an organized list of over 4900 symbols
commonly available in LaTeX. A Short
List of the Standard LaTeX Symbols and A Short List of
the Symbols Available in TX Fonts were
prepared by Emre Sermutlu (English, 2008).
software for MS Windows and DOS
TeX is a professional TeX system by Basil Malyshev
(shareware, €49 for a license), which includes a TeX
package and a perfect graphical shell (TeX-editor) with
a popular free TeX package by Christian Schenk. MikTeX works
command-line mode, so it requires one of the graphical shells
(TeX-editors). Complete distribution of MikTeX (newest version) is
present with all files/sub-folders of the miktex
folder on CTAN.
is a perfect free TeX-editor, containing pictogram menus.
a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus.
a simple free TeX-editor with pictogram menus.
is a simplest free TeX editor.
a professional TeX-editor (shareware, $40) with pictogram
is a free easy-to-install TeX system based on MikTeX, and
created by Thomas Feuerstack. The system contains MikTeX,
Ghostscript, GSview, and TeXMaker (TeXnicCenter in the early versions of ProTeXt)
in a single self-installing file. All versions of ProTeXt are
accessed from the TUG
is another free TeX system, similar to ProTeXt while working as a "portable application" (no installation required). It contains MikTeX, Ghostscript, TeXMaker, and SumatraPDF viewer. Once the archive extracted onto your HDD or USB drive, the TeX distribution is ready-to-work.
is a popular (now obsolete) TeX package by Eberhard Mattes. It
in command-line mode, so a graphical shell (TeX-editor)
folder on CTAN. emTeX works under DOS and Windows.
software for Mac OS X
is a free TeX system for Mac OS X.
is a cross-platform free TeX system by Jonathan Kew.
is a popular free TeX shell for Mac OS X,
developed by Richard Koch and Dirk Olmes.
is a popular TeX system by Andrew Trevorrow (shareware, $30).
is a popular TeX system by Thomas Kiffe (shareware, $35).
is a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus.
Mac OS X
TeX Web Site reads all about
TeX systems, editors/shells and tools working under
Mac OS X.
software for Linux/Unix
a professional TeX system for Linux/Unix by Thomas Esser. It
command-line mode, so a graphical shell (TeX-editor) required.
a part of any complete distribution of Linux/Unix.
is a cross-platform free TeX system by Jonathan Kew, who
developed it for Macintosh. It so requires a graphical shell
is a professional TeX-editor, containing pictogram menus.
is a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus.
Live is a cross-platform complete TeX system
on DVD which can be run without installation or be installed
on hard disk. TeX Live can be run on Linux/Unix, Macintosh,
and Windows systems. In addition to it,
TeX Live DVD contains also a collection of the other
popular TeX systems, graphical shells (TeX-editors), fonts, and viewers
for all the
software for other platforms (Atari, Amiga, etc.)
viewing and printing software
is an interpreter for the PostScript page description
language used by
laser printers. Ghostscript is required to view and print postcript
files created by TeX.
is a graphical shall for Ghostscript. It is available for
Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/Unix. GSview for Macintosh is
accessed from another location: Mac GSview.
from wordprocessors to TeX format
is a shareware converter from MS Word to LaTeX, by Chikrii
Softlab ($45 for an academic/student license).
is a free converter for OpenOffice Writer, by Henrik Just.
is a free converter for WordPerfect, by Jaroslav Fojtik.
the TUG pages: all about converters from
Word to TeX and converters from
TeX to Word.
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