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igadoter 07-12-2013 06:11 AM

Lightweighted IDE for Tex edition

My default was Kile under KDE3 but none qt4 based apps is lightweighted. Myself I found these usable: AucTex for Emacs, Geany with Latex plugin and Gedit with Latex plugin. Please let me know if there are other choices.

eternauta2001 07-12-2013 07:46 AM

Maybe texstudio:

BCarey 07-12-2013 11:25 AM

You could try texmaker


igadoter 07-15-2013 06:55 AM

Thanks but texstudio is qt4 based app. And texmaker. They are really very slow on my Celeron 1.3 GHz. Comparing to Kile under Slackware 12.2 (the same computer).

TobiSGD 07-15-2013 09:54 AM

Qt apps are not per definition not lightweight. After all, Qt is used on embedded and mobile devices. Some confuse the not lightweight KDE apps with Qt, so you may probably give Qt apps a try.

igadoter 07-17-2013 06:38 AM

Well, it is very big difference qt3 or qt4. Both about licensing and effectivness. I tried qt4 apps for Tex edition and they are slow. Many modern mobile devices are much more powerful computers than my Celeron 1.3GHz on the very old VIA motherboard.

Lirey 07-17-2013 08:05 PM

The one lightweight alternative that I didn't see mentioned above is vim with the Vim-LaTeX plugin. I've heard of, but haven't actually used it. I have edited LaTeX with just vim - not as user friendly as a complete IDE, but effective in an emergency.

The site for the plugin is at:

Another alternative, if you already like kile, may be to see if you can improve the performance by tweaking the graphics settings. There are some nasty performance issues with certain KDE applications, particularly when running them on systems with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. I have a xeon based workstation with a relatively high end NVIDIA card where the performance of kile was extremely poor, while an older, lower powered system with integrated AMD graphics didn't have any issues. In my case, switching kile to use raster graphics solved most of the performance problems. Try starting kile with the command:

kile --graphicssystem raster

If that helps, you can append the "--graphicssystem raster" to the exec line of the kile.desktop file.


D1ver 07-17-2013 08:18 PM

+1 for the vim-latex solution. I wrote my undergrad thesis in Latex, using Vim with the vim-latex plugin. On a 10 inch eeepc running slackware 13.1 :)

Toutatis 07-18-2013 01:07 AM

Some time ago I used nedit or jedit. They are very good for TeX. medit is good too.

igadoter 07-18-2013 06:34 AM

Thanks to all you.
I forget about vim-latex. Never tried nedit, jedit or medit. Also thanks for mentioning.

Pearson 07-18-2013 01:06 PM

A recent reddit discussion mentioned acutex.vim as a good solution. I understand it's pretty much the accutex for emeacs, but in vim. I could be wrong.

torimus 07-21-2013 10:21 AM

AucTex & Emacs or Vim-Latex for Vim is all you'd need. Written all my Bachelor essays in Vim on an aged laptop and it was quite happy experience. I find AucTex for Emacs even more advanced and comfortable but used to do all my programming jobs in Vim so I stayed with it.

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