Linked by Killermike on Tue 27th Feb 2007 16:49 UTC
Features, Office Lyx is an open source, structured document creation system. Conceptually, it falls somewhere between a markup editor and a word processor. The creators of Lyx have coined the term WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) to summarise the approach that Lyx takes to document creation.
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RE: LyX, LaTeX: Concepts
by mjmoran on Wed 28th Feb 2007 09:59 UTC in reply to "LyX, LaTeX: Concepts"
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"While LyX sometimes has problems with complex documents (including references, footnotes, citations, images etc.) - as it has been pointed out -, it's fine for the most simple documents. "

The secret is to have a padded desk as to not knock yourself out trying to figure it out. I spent probably around 2 hours trying to get citations and references working properly. Once it worked, it worked great.

I use Lyx for almost everything, however, I have found a few places where it could be fixed up.
1. I gives crazy error messages, which, if you use latex might make sense, but for someone who has only used Lyx(yeah I know) most of the errors are crazy cryptic.
2. The UI needsd some consistancy, though I am a stickler for that. I have 3 different versions(on different platforms) and they all have different UI's, no big changes, but it can be a little disorienting. This problem appears to be clearing up however.
3. Trying to wrap your head around some of the elements require that padded desk to hit your head on. Tables sometimes cause errors, and Lyx is more than happy to allow you to pick mutually exclusive options and just fail silently(or loudly depending on what you did). Now, most of this is just learning curve but it still can get crazy.

With these three things in mind I highly recommend Lyx and have converted several people to it. Even with those times I sometimes feel like firing up OpenOffice.org Writer because Lyx isn't doing what i want, when it finally works, it works great. And there is something about submitting a report and having it just look great that I really enjoy.

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