LyX is an advanced open source document processor running on many Unix and some non-Unix platforms. It is called a “document processor”, because unlike standard word processors, LyX encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. LyX lets you concentrate on writing, leaving details of visual layout to the software. LyX automates formatting according to predefined rule sets, yielding consistency throughout even the most complex documents. LyX produces high quality, professional output — using LaTeX, an open source, industrial strength typesetting engine, in the background. LyX 1.5.0 is a beta release, so use with care. Compared with the previous beta release we have fixed several bugs and added some graphical improvements:
- A new math toolbar replaces the old (faithful) math panel.
- The converter file cache can be now configured in the graphical interface.
- The TOC dialog is now a dock widget, embedded in the main window.
Apart from the described major changes, several minor improvements of the user interface have been made, such as:
- Syntax highlighting for the user preamble and the LaTeX log file.
- Better parsing of BibTeX databases (in the citation dialog).
- Support optional argument for environments.
Beta features added were :–
- Unicode support
- Multiple views of the same buffer
- Session managment
- Source code Viewer
- New Font Selection Interface
- Tabular extensions
- Tabbed Widget
- Frontend News: Qt4 support
- Change tracking enhancements
- Converter file cache
- Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6 (France)
- Vienna University of Technology (Austria), updated daily. (http mirror)
- National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
- Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, Warsaw University (Poland)
- Helvetic Association for Open Source Developpement
- Cybermirror.org (Karlsruhe, Germany)