LaTeX as a replacement for MS Word

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  • .dotfiles

    One of my best workflow improvements with writing was creating templates for latex documents. I found that the annoying part of latex was trying to remember what all had to be in the preamble to make the document compile, and then remembering all the formatting magic incantations. Behold this tool I wrote..

  • gummi

    Simple LaTeX editor

    Personally, I have not used Word for writing documents since about 2008. During school, I used Gummi as my LaTeX editor. It had decent support for nested snippets, so I was able to take class notes in real-time with LaTeX and see the output. My use-case these days is primarily for creating internal reference manuals, which is pretty well-suited to LaTeX:


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  • Pluto.jl

    🎈 Simple reactive notebooks for Julia

    There are good alternatives to spreadsheets like the proprietary MathCAD software or open-source Pluto written in julia (and exportable into Markdown or LaTeX). Like spreadsheets, they are dynamic documents where you an see changes in real-time.

  • miktex

    the MiKTeX source code

    texdoc comes with TeXLive only. With MiKTeX (which equally works well in Linux as in Windows, and from a thumb drive), you select the packages (or their documentation, or both) of interest for download. A double click opens the .pdf (screenshot).

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