A First Look at LyX

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Whether you are writing technical documentation, an article, CV, letter, or thesis, working with LyX, the free, fully-featured cross-platform document processor, can increase your productivity immensely. In this introductory tutorial, we'll see how to get started with LyX, and explore a few of its big features and drawbacks.

LyX is a "document processor' that can be used for many of the same tasks that traditional word processors are used for. But LyX is based on a WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean), not WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), philosophy, that encourages an author to think about a document's structure instead of worrying about its formatting and presentation. With a TeX backend and document classes, LyX richly beautifies documents beyond the capabilities of an ordinary word processor. On top of all this, LyX is incredibly simple to use, with an unclittered GUI and compatibility with many file formats.

So let's take a look a first look at LyX.

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