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Texpad : LaTeX editor

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Texpad is a LaTeX editor designed for straightforward navigation of projects of any size. When Texpad opens a document it scans through it, looking for LaTeX structure commands and any included files, then it presents you with an outline view with which you can swiftly navigate the entire project.

Texpad replaces LaTeX's obscure console output with a table of typesetting errors. Clicking on these errors will direct you to the offending line in the LaTeX source.

Texpad's elegant single window design saves you from the clutter of windows. In even the largest projects all files are accessible from the outline view to the left of the editor. This one-window design works especially well with Lion's fullscreen mode.

-Retina compatibility
-Simple single window design
-Swiftly navigate through even the largest projects with the Outline view.
-Finding and understanding errors is quicker than ever with Texpad's error panel.
-It autocompletes commands, and autofills \ref{...} or \cite{...} commands with any labels found in either the projects LaTeX or BibTeX source files.
-Support for XeLaTeX, LaTeX, pdfLaTeX and pLaTeX typesetting engines
-Supports Lion's Versions feature

Some features of Texpad, specifically LaTeX typesetting and BibTeX, require an underlying TeX distribution. One may be downloaded free of charge from the MacTeX website, and a link to do so is included in Texpad. Without a TeX distribution Texpad will operate only in editor mode.

If you have any questions, complaints or comments, do not hesitate to email us at

What's New in Version 1.4.7

-bugfix to undo
-bugfix to pstricks with xelatex
-suppressed create file suggestions when there are hashes in the filename


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Customer Reviews

Automatic typesetter? I went back to the CLI

This might be a bug in the latest release, because I think this used to work, but whether I use the “automatic” or “normal” typesetter, the result is the same: list of figures is blank and it complains it can’t find any of the things I’m citing so puts question marks in where the citations are and leaves a blank bibliography. I tried running the bibtex typesetter command inside TexPad. I ran that and then ran automatic, or that and then normal, and still nothing. I just went to the CLI and did a string of pdflatex / bibtex / pdflatex / pdflatex, and it generated exactly what I wanted. I don’t know why TexPad can’t seem to run the right commands.

There is nothing about this program that makes it better than vim + bash. When something claims to be a LaTeX editor, I expect it to have some templating functions, like being able to drop in a fill-in-the-blank template for a book source or adding a figure. I’m installing Texmaker. It has those kinds of features, and the preferences menu lets you specify that yes, you want the standard pdflatex / bibtex / pdflatex (x2) string of commands.

Nice Start but the Text Editor is Terrible

This is a really nice app for light latex writing and the built-in PDF viewer is great. The ability to click on typesetting errors and have it take you to the offending latex source is handy but Emacs/Aquamacs can do that too. But if you feel like a change from Aquamacs and Auctex, this is a fun alternative. However, the editor is really bad; it's genuinely terrible. Unbelievably, it has no wordwrap, so your document quickly becomes a complete mess as you edit it. The most important thing in an editor is the editor. As a latex platform, this has some great bells and whistles -- the document outline pane is awesome -- but it's missing the most basic editor functions. The author needs to focus on what's required before adding extra features. Until he does, this is a great tool for short documents but you can't do serious writing without having a real text editor. (At the very least, you must also add custom key-bindings, with standard ones, e.g., Emacs, predefined…)

Interface problems

I really *wanted* to like Texpad -- but I've had enough problems with its interface that I've decided to go back to TeXShop.

Ironically, the previous reviewers' complaints aren't problems for me at all. I prefer Texpad's soft line-wrapping to Emacs's hard line-wrapping, I don't want automatic typesetting, and I can use Keyboard Maestro to create keyboard shortcuts. For me, the worst problems are the following:

(1) In almost all other Mac apps, the way to focus on a pane is to click on it -- but in Texpad, clicking on the PDF pane moves the focus to the LaTeX pane. I've lost count of the number of times I've corrupted a LaTeX source file by clicking on the PDF pane and hitting the spacebar in an attempt to see the next page of the PDF output.

(2) Unlike most modern Mac apps for text-editing, Texpad's Edit menu doesn't gray-out the "Undo" and "Redo" commands when they're inapplicable, and when they're applicable it doesn't tell what they're to undo or redo.

(3) Texpad only allows one window per document. If I want to see the contents of two LaTeX source files simultaneously, I can open them in two windows *except* when they are part of the same LaTeX document (e.g., two chapters of a book), in which case I can't. This would be much less of a problem if there were a way to split the LaTeX pane into two views, but there isn't.

Texpad : LaTeX editor
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  • $24.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.4.7
  • Size: 14.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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