We are going to cover now the front end for LaTeX in Linux, well one of them as there are more than one.

Texmaker

Texmaker is according to its site:

Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor, that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application

And according to Wikipedia its features are:

  • a unicode editor to write LaTeX source files (syntax highlighting, undo-redo, search-replace, spell checker...)
  • the principal LaTex tags can be inserted directly with the "LaTeX" and "Math" menus
  • 370 mathematical symbols can be inserted in just one click
  • wizards to generate code ('Quick document', 'Quick letter', tabular, tabbing and array environments)
  • LaTeX-related programs can be launched via the "Tools" menu
  • the standard Bibtex entry types can be inserted in the ".bib" file with the "Bibliography" menu
  • a "structure view" of the document for easier navigation of a document (by clicking on an item in the "Structure" frame, you can jump directly to the corresponding part of your document
  • extensive LaTeX documentation
  • in the "Messages / Log File" frame, one can see information about processes and the logfile after a LaTeX compilation
  • the "Next Latex Error" and "Previous Latex Error" commands let you reach the LaTeX errors detected in the log file
  • by clicking on the number of a line in the log file, the cursor jumps to the corresponding line in the editor
  • an integrated LaTeX to html conversion tool

texmaker preview</img>

Installing Texmaker

apt-get install texmaker

Useful shortcuts

F2 = LaTeX (Will compile the .tex document, using latex) F4 = Dvi to PS (dvips command line equivalent) F8 = PS to PDF (equivalent to command line ps2pdf)

And those are the commands you need to have a PDF file if you are inserting images, if are not doing to that, you will get a PDF directly by pressing

F6 = PDFLATEX (equivalento pdflatex command, at the command line)

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