Updated: TeXmacs-1.0.4-3: A scientific wysiwyg Editor and Interface for Computer Algebra Systems

Andreas Seidl seidlcw@gmx.net
Mon Aug 16 11:06:00 GMT 2004

TeXmacs has been updated to the new stable version 1.0.4.

Canonical homepage:


Cygwin specific:

- PDF exports works now
- please avoid spaces in your username
- if you decide to install the unofficial netpbm package, which installs
to /usr/local/bin/netpbm, then make sure to add this path to the front
of your PATH, in particular if you have MikTeX or an other LaTeX
distribution for Windows installed.

See http://www.texmacs.org/tmweb/about/changes.en.html for the full list.

GNU TeXmacs is a free scientific text editor, which was both
inspired by TeX and GNU Emacs. The editor allows you to write
structured documents via a wysiwyg (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) and
user friendly interface. New styles may be created by the user. The
program implements high-quality typesetting algorithms and TeX fonts,
which help you to produce professionally looking documents.

The high typesetting quality still goes through for automatically
generated formulas, which makes TeXmacs suitable as an interface for
computer algebra systems. TeXmacs also supports the Guile/Scheme
extension language, so that you may customize the interface and write
your own extensions to the editor.

Converters exist for TeX/LaTeX and Html/MathML/Xml. In the future,
TeXmacs is planned to evolve towards a complete scientific office


1. Install TeXmacs

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Once you've downloaded setup.exe, run it and select "Editors"
or "Math" and then click on the appropriate fields until the above
announced version number appears if it is not displayed already.

2. Start and test your X

Double click on the Cygwin icon on your Desktop, this brings up a black
Cygwin shell. Assuming you have the xterm package installed, type:

   export DISPLAY=
   XWin -multiwindow -clipboard &
   xterm &

In the tray in the lower right corner of your screen you will see a
black X and an additional (white) window should appear. In order not to
set the DISPLAY variable again and again, you should set it as a user's
variable; e.g. under Windows XP:

3. Start TeXmacs

... by typing

   texmacs &

into a Cygwin shell. Try a second time, if there is a problem.

4. Hands-on tutorial

I suggest to try Part 1-3 of the following hands-on tutorial:


If you have TeXmacs-related questions or comments, please send them to
the texmac-users mailing list, see:


(subscription necessary). I would appreciate it if you would use this
mailing list rather than emailing me directly. Cygwin-related
questions and comments should be sent to the Cygwin mailing list at:
cygwin at cygwin dot com .

Before emailing these lists, make sure to

* read the FAQ at: http://www.texmacs.org/tmweb/help/faq.en.html

* look at the manual, which comes with TeXmacs and which can be browsed
at: http://www.texmacs.org/tmweb/manual/web-manual.en.html

* read about some Windows-related issues at

* search the mailing lists and Google

Have lots of fun with TeXmacs!


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