[OS X TeX] Macintouch report on TeX versus Word
ophiochos at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 21:26:21 EST 2009
some more input, rather randomly and a question to end:
I promised as my PhD came out of the printer amidst crashes and
errors that I would not use Word again. I survived with Nisus
for a while then thanks to Dominic Wujastyk, got started with
LaTeX (I'm an ancient historian)
Cambridge got very confused though they had TeX specialists. I
asked them to impose their stylesheet but some real problems
emerged, to the point that even now I wince as I look at some of
the output (eg they published with every subheading numbered).
But that was a communication problem.
I use LaTeX as much as possible but get dragged into using Track
Changes with my Word-obsessed colleagues for editing anything
I'm not authoring myself.
We will always be a minority! Even on the Mac platform (perhaps,
especially in an 'easy to use' context) but there are always
people with aesthetic sensibilities...
Gerben and the authors of TeXShop are heroes without whom I
would never have made it.
BBEdit is the star of the show for me also (I know others like
other editors, each to their own)
I depressingly rely on LaTex2rtf a lot these days as more people
won't even accept pdfs -- somehow Word is the only thing they
can read with.
Beamer is a revelation and I use it whenever possible even when
things end up in Powerpoint (which they have to, for me, at
times). I end up dragging the pdf into PPT. But I love what I
can do with LaTeX and Beamer. Amazing. This is what computers
were invented for.
Finally -- people have mentioned switching to XeTeX. How easy is
that for someone who knows only some fairly basic LaTeX?
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