LaTeX (formatted as LaTeX, pronounced /ˈlɑːtɛx/, /ˈlɑːtɛk/, /ˈleɪtɛx/, or /ˈleɪtɛk/), is a document preparation system to substitute Ms. Office, OpenOffice, and etc. LaTeX is usually used in academia as a powerful tool to produce very tidy documents (article, paper, journal, thesis, book, presentation, CV). For instance, a scientific writer only needs to edit a LaTeX template to make a paper. The templates are usually available or can be created by ourselves. The output of LaTeX is usually a pdf document.
The term LaTeX refers only to the language in which documents are written, not to the editor application used to write those documents. In order to create a document in LaTeX, a .tex file must be created using some form of text editor. This article is posted for readers who already know a bit about LaTeX and want to install LaTeX in computer. So, below are the installation instructions.
- Make sure that there is a pdf reader installed on your computer. If not, you can download and install Adobe pdf reader first.
- Install Ghostscript. The main purposes are the rasterization or rendering of such page description language files, for the display or printing of document pages, and the conversion between PostScript and PDF files. Download the installer from here.
- Install Ghostview. Download here.
- Install Miktex. Miktex is the typesetting system to compile your LaTeX code into a document. Download here.
- Texnic Center or TexStudio (LaTeX editor). There are numerous LaTeX editor. The purpose is to type and edit your code, or as the user interface where you interact to create your document with. I recommend you to use TexStudio. Download here.
- Inkscape (optional, for figure)
- Jabref (optional, for reference/bibliography)
You can just stop until step 5 and you have finished to install LaTeX in your computer.