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Gedit for LaTeX

September 18th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m a gnome user. Yes – I really do like the look and feel. truly madly deeply . . . And I’m fond of gedit – I know its a rather simply editor – but I see it as an advantage. Trust me – simplicity isn’t always a bad thing 😉
But there’s one thing which occasionally annoys me – writing LaTeX in gedit can be cumbersome as there’s no support for all the things one has to do when creating a LaTeX-document so I used to switch between half a dozen apps to get this done. But recently I stumbled upon a plugin that merges everything needed into gedit:
http://live.gnome.org/Gedit/LaTeXPlugin
(ubuntu 9.04 users can “sudo aptitude install gedit-latex-plugin” and are ready to go – except there is a newer release candidate available from the link . . .)
I needed to install some extra packages like rubber and poppler(for python) but then gedit looks like this when opening a tex-file:
gedit01
gedit02
As you can see it provides an embedded preview, specialized syntax highlighting and (in the pane on the left) symbol-insertion as well as a structured tree-view of your LaTeX-file so you can jump to your desired section easily. The additional toolbar on the top provides lstlisting insertion as well as the usual stuff like, imageinsertion, all kinds of listings as well as matrices and bibliographies.

Have fun while you can,
Willi

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