What are the best LaTeX editor for Mac?

If you create scientific documents regularly, chances are that you are always on the lookout for the best LaTeX editors to make your job easier. If you are using a Mac, here are some of the best LaTex editors for the iOS systems that you can utilize.

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    #1TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDE

    TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDE
    TeXlipse brings the best of LaTeX text editing to your Eclipse IDE program. It offers a great WYSIWYM text editor for your programming needs while on Eclipse.

    Windows, Mac


    Luis Venegas
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "LaTex can be a real pain to use if you're not up on all the commands, but in some environments it is a necessity, so you need some sort of help. If you're already using Eclipse for development, the the TeXlipse plugin is really the way to go. You don't need to switch out to a different environment, and so your workflow keeps chugging along. TeXlipse is easy to use. You need to have a very basic grasp of what LaTex is and what you're trying to do with it, and how you want you document to look and function. But you don't need to know too much, and you can figure out stuff as you go, since the TeXlipse interface makes it easy to do that. Definitely a winner for Eclipse users."
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    Texpad is a software that you can use to create beautiful PDFs for your written word using power LaTeX in a modern environment. With tools for collaborative work, it ensures a quality finished product.




    Jane Campbell
    Written on September 8, 2017
    "I switched over to Mac recently and needed a LaTeX editor that could get the job done and keep my PDFs clean and readable, with an easy data entry system. Texpad works super well for this. I found it and read some reviews and sure enough it was just what I needed. The best part by far is being able to switch over from text entry to PDF quickly, which helped me get my project in before the deadline despite procrastinating like I always do."
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    TeXShop is a TeX previewer for Mac OS X, written in Cocoa. Since pdf is a native file format on OS X, TeXShop uses "pdftex" and "pdflatex" rather than "tex" and "latex" to typeset in its default configuration; these programs in the standard TeX Live distribution of TeX produce pdf output instead of dvi output.



    Nicolás Carrasco
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "I had just recently gotten a Mac computer and I needed to get a LaTeX editing program. A friend recommended to me to try out TeXShop and it works just like I need it to be."


LaTeX is the abbreviated form of Lamport TeX, named after Leslie Lamport, the original developer of the program. It is based on TeX, the typesetting system developed by Donald Knuth. In both cases, ‘TeX’ is pronounced in the same way as the word “tech.’ Despite the identical spelling, LaTeX is not pronounced in the same way as latex, the synthetic rubber material. This is because Knuth derived ‘TeX’ from the Greek word ?????, which means skill, art, or technique. 

The first three letters of the Greek word were used: tau, epsilon, and chi. The difference between the two is that LaTex uses macros, while TeX does not. LaTeX is widely used in the fields of mathematics, physics, statistics, engineering, economics, and computer science, where it is used to typeset complex mathematical formulae. Nowadays, LaTeX is the most widely used method for using TeX. It uses a system called markup tagging to format text. Compared to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors like Microsoft Word, where the content is always shown in the program as how the final printed copy will look like, LaTeX uses plain text and markup tags. The markup tags are commands for text formatting, and the formatted text can only be viewed through a previewer program. 

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    TextMate is a Mac-based text editor that is free to download for users who are using computers with a Mac operating system. It features support for Xcode and FTP aside from support for more than 50 programming languages.




    Tony Gao
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "I am a computer programmer that uses many different text editors for code and I have to say i'm quite partial to this program. It's expensive, but it's best text editor for mac. The TODO and HTML bundle saves me so much time when i'm programming, I can't see myself using anything else outside of beta testing."
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    TeXnicle is a LaTeX editor and project organiser for Mac OS X with a feature-rich interface to help you manage your LaTeX projects. It comes with a flexible engine system which allows users to define new engines to compile different types of projects.




    Martha Gutierrez
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "Texnicle has a learning curve, but once you get it, its very helpful. Its almost like a tutorial to help you get the hang of it. I use it all the time now to keep track of my projects and manage my projects. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an editor"
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    Archimedes is a LaTeX and Markdown editor built from the ground up for the Mac and designed to make mathematical writing fun and easy.



    Lawrence Diaz
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "Writing math formulas in the computer is not easy, but I found that using LaTeX solved my problem. It has macros and auto-complete, live preview that let me know right away how it will look like, but definitely my favorite thing is the Magic Type: I can use my trackpad to draw the symbols I need. Easier now to write math expression for all my tests."
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    TeXstudio is an integrated writing environment for creating LaTeX documents. With a goal to make writing LaTeX as easy and comfortable as possible, it has tools like syntax highlighting and reference checking enabled.




    Phillip Ferguson
    Written on September 8, 2017
    "For those who use LaTex documents, TeXstudio is a must in your daily work with LaTex in order to work more efficiently. For those who are just starting with LaTex, TeXstudio can be your beginner's guide to the LaTex world which is somewhat vast and complicated."
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    Vim is undoubtedly one of the best editors ever made. LaTeX is an extremely powerful, intelligent typesetter. Vim-LaTeX aims at bringing together the best of both these worlds.



    Wayne Hunt
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "Looks like I have to download and extract the program. Should not be to hard as that is a simple concept. There is an off chance I might have to put in some Linux code to do some things."
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    Sharelatex is an online collaborative LaTeX editor that you can use straight through your browser. Write LaTeX with others and see the changes in real time without the need for installation while using hundreds of LaTeX templates, and more.




    Yang Xu
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "This is great for collaborating with a group, or if you just need some fresh eyes on a project. The site is user friendly, no crazy installs. Everything is right there and ready to go."
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    TeXworks is a multi-platform, open-source LaTeX editor.



    Steven Robinson
    Written on September 8, 2017
    "TeXworks is a simple front-end program for TeX that can be used for all the main operating systems in use today, including Mac OS X. It is well-suited for Mac becuase it was modeled after TeXShop for Mac OS X. There are a lot of good features for the latest release and plans for updates and other features in the future. "


Best What are the best LaTeX editor for Mac
1TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDESoftware 22 Free
2TexpadSoftware 21 Paid
3TeXShopSoftware 18 Free
4TextMateSoftware 14 Free
5TeXnicleSoftware 13 Free
6ArchimedesSoftware 9 Free
7TeXstudioSoftware 7 Free
8VimLatexSoftware 7 Free
9SharelatexSoftware 6 Free
10TeXworksSoftware 1 Free

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