There are many different operating systems and softwares which can be used to produce LaTeX documents. This subject guide focuses largely on users of the Windows operating system because that is the main system used at QUT. In many cases, there are alternative programs which may be used in your area of study or research.
This subject guide is intended for those who are just starting out with LaTeX and BibTex.
Apart from this guide, QUT does not provide troubleshooting support or classes to learn about LaTeX or BibTeX. We suggest you use one of the resources in the Help Section if you have further queries.
LyX is a WYSIWYG-type editor and has versions for Windows, Mac and Linux. This may be all you need to write and compile LaTeX documents. However there's still a learning curve and you will still need to understand some LaTeX .
In addition to the LyX program, you will also need to download an installation such as MikTeX [see below]. However, when you start installing LyX, it will guide you to install MikTeX if you have not already done so.
The free LyX software is available from http://wiki.lyx.org/
There is a very detailed wiki at http://wiki.lyx.org/ which includes tutorials and other documentation.
The LaTeX Community Forum has a section dedicated to LyX.
* If you do not want to use this type of program, check the requirements below.
For Windows, you will need
1. MikTex 2.9 - a LaTeX compiler that runs in the background once installed to produce the document
2. GhostScript for converting graphical files such as tables and diagrams in postscript format
Get Ghostscript 9.06
3. GhostView to allow you to view the postscript files
Get GSView 4.9
4. Texmaker - a LaTeX text editor where the actual writing is done
Get Texmaker 3.5
5. A bibliographic reference manager to manage your references [optional]
Get JabRef 2.8.1
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