[Tex/LaTex] Real Time LaTeX?


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Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX?

I'm looking for an application in which I can write pure LaTeX in one half of the screen and on the other half to see the compiled document in real time.
This seems really like an obvious way to do LaTeX authoring but it doesn't look like any software is able to do it.
LyX is not what I'm looking for. I want to edit the actual LaTeX and see it rendered in real time. Why isn't this already being done somewhere?

Best Answer

BaKoMa TeX does what you are looking for and is the only such solution that I know of. It does real incremental LaTeX compiling in the background, so it works with practically all LaTeX packages (e.g. those for complex diagrams). The LaTeX system itself is also quite good (e.g., it had early support for SVG).

It was originally only available for Windows, but nowadays there are also versions for Linux and Mac.

It is unfortunate that it is not free or open source, but for me paying the license fee is worth it. It is so superior to any other solution that I just can't imagine going back. As far as I know it is written by a single russian physicist, so I think the price is well justified.

Btw, I am not in any way connected to BaKoMa, just a very happy user.