MikTeX and friends
LaTeX is supported on windows by
I grabbed the small-miktex-2.4... installer thing.
Installation was effortless. If this installation encounters the
need for a missing package sometime in the future, it will
go out on the internet and grab the needed package
(with a prompt to the user for permission).
You may want to try WinEdt,
a fine cut and paste editor designed to be color coded
It also has menu options to pipe directly into MikTeX.
But it will nag you to pay after a while.
I am so accustomed to gvim, that I cannot use WinEdt effectively.
gvim is available
for windows, and is free. I grabbed the self-installing executable. Installation
If you want gvim to recognize \be and \bea
as equation environments, you will need to edit your _vimrc
file, found within GVIM62\vim to add the third line seen in
Also drop my moresyntax.vim and
moretex.vim into your GVIM62\vim\vim62
Suppose your are editing thefile.tex within gvim.
You can execute MikTeX from within gvim, by entering:
From yap, you can send the .dvi file to a printer.
You can also print to postscript file.
If you want to view and print the postscript file, I believe you will need
You can make pdf files directly with MikTeX. Within gvim: