A mind map guide for TeXmacs

13 Oct

TeXmacs was my best kept secret for writing math homework and papers. It is a state-of-the-art typesetting system. Many people think that it is a “front end” of TeX/LaTeX (similar to LyX), but actually TeXmacs is independent of TeX and fundamentally better than TeX. TeXmacs inherited some good designs of TeX, but then went far beyond.

TeXmacs has the same or even better typographical quality than TeX but with much more intuitive and beautifully designed interface. The editor environment is 100% WYSIWYG. That means, the screen shows exactly what you would print out on paper. As of today, I don’t know of any other typesetting system or word processor (including MS Word) that can achieve this. It is also WYTIWYG (What You Think Is What You Get). With all the beauty, you still have detailed control of document structure. The UI and controls are also intuitive and well-designed. You may sense the notion of “human centered design” in it.

Over the years, I have accumulated lots of useful knowledge regarding its use and have collected them into a mind map. Click on the following image and you can see my best tricks with this software.

Have fun!


Posted by on October 13, 2012 in software, tools


2 responses to “A mind map guide for TeXmacs

  1. Asim

    November 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I wanted to learn TeXmacs just a couple of months back. But the major problems I faced are lack of good (or updated) documentation. For example, I somehow lost the menu bar; and I wasn’t even able to get it back, even after a reinstall. Can you guide me to some good resources for learning TeXmacs; and even better, to some good documentation? And please do tell how I can get the menu bar back. Another thing that I want to know is if we can define macros in TeXmacs (may be Scheme) as we can do in LaTeX?

    • Yin Wang

      November 6, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      TeXmacs is easy to use. You can use the mind map in this post as a starting point. Just click on the second picture and it will take you to the mind map. Expand “Use Style File” and it will show you how to define macros. They are pretty much like Scheme functions, just you can use them in a very “visual” way.


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