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Finally, local LaTeX on the iPad
I'll start with the bad. Do not even think about using the Dropbox sync feature with this app. For one thing, it completely freaks out whenever you lose your wifi connection (which--hello--is all the time when you have an iPad!), randomly quitting, prompting you for a network connection, making random pointless backup copies of your open documents, and so on. And it frequently syncs in the wrong direction, which is just preposterous. How difficult is it to write a program that never overwrites a newer version of a file with an older one without prompting the user? I once thought I'd lost several days of work because of this, and was only able to get it back by retyping it from the .pdf. So why am I giving it five stars? Because in every other respect it is spectacular. It manages LaTeX packages efficiently, automatically downloading all and only the ones you need, and compiles everything locally, which is wonderful for those of us who need to type on the go. It used to be a bit slow, but that has been fixed in recent versions. The font is quite pleasing to the eyes, the syntax highlighting color scheme is great, and the on-screen keyboard makes those LaTeXy characters such as the back quote and dollar sign nice and accessible. Compiling is a bit of a battery hog, but not horribly so, and that's to be expected. I still haven't gotten BibTeX to work using this software, but that isn't a huge issue for me. One thing that does work quite well is autocomplete of entries from my .bib file. Anyway, thanks to TeXPad, it is now possible to write your dissertation or masters thesis on your iPad. And that's just cool.
bufordrat on Sep 12, 2013 for Texpad
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A marvel
It's quite amazing how well this works. It's an almost completely smooth transition from typesetting in a desktop environment. Downloading the extra packages is a tiny bit annoying -- installing them can take a very long time and occasionally cause crashes. More granular control over package management would help with that, but would also be more work for the user. One or two of the more exotic packages seem a bit buggy (I noticed weirdness with ligatures in fouriernc) and I wonder whether I'll have to redownload the whole bundle if/when they get updated. But mostly these are edge case complaints, and the program is hugely valuable to me.
GrahamJoseph on Sep 6, 2013 for Texpad
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Very nice to use
I'm an engineering student and I needed latex software for a class. One of my professors recommended this app. I've been using it for almost a week, so I'm still very new to latex. In spite of that, this app has been very easy to use and has made it much easier to for me to pick up the skills needed to write for my class. I would recommend it to anyone.
I hate nicknames a lot on Aug 27, 2013 for Texpad
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I love it ...
Excellent Application ..works very well with local and cloud setting ...
SA321 on Jul 18, 2013 for Texpad
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Not bad
Overall is good, but crash few times while synchronising with dropbox. Hope to see a big improvement on UI.
Slimfinger1020 on Jul 8, 2013 for Texpad
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Great App!
The app is a great TeX editor and the processing works as long as you arent using complex custom files. I am looking forward to what the developers have next. The app is excellent and hopefully more integration with the Mac version will come including iCloud.
tehonebeast on Jul 6, 2013 for Texpad
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