WinEdt 6 available

Version 6.0 of the powerful LaTeX editor WinEdt has been released. WinEdt 6 is running on all non-legacy Windows versions: Windows 7, Vista, 2000 and XP. It has a long history – being developed in 1993 for Windows 3.1 it’s now supporting the latest TeX distributions MiKTeX 2.8 and TeX Live 2009 on modern Windows platforms. The interface has been improved but some awaited features like folding and unicode support will come later with version 6.1.
WinEdt is shareware and may be used for an evaluation period of 31 days with full functionality. After that trial period the editor will continue to work but issue reminding messages concerning a registration.

For more information and free download visit the WinEdt homepage.

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10. March 2010 by stefan
Categories: IDEs and Editors, News | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Will the 6.x code work with 5.x version?

  2. I have registered a WinEdt 6 because to me it’s the best Latex editor under MS Windows, and it sort of makes the difference between Latex being a useful tool and Latex being too much of a hassle to use.

    However I do have a few remarks about WinEdt in general, and WinEdt 6 in particular.

    First and foremost, the oh-so-flexible menu structure of WinEdt 5.x is a mess. The author of WinEdt shares this opinion and has therefore done a complete overhaul of the interface, which is good. It looks a lot cleaner.

    Unfortunately the GUI interface to the WinEdt “options” section has been replaced by a sort of editing window where one can edit a file with macro scripts that set the options. Well, not having to futz around with an options file (and having to remember how it all works) was why I went with WinEdt in the first place, so this was a disappointment. Compared to either MS Word or Open Office the set-up of WinEdt is definitely not end-user friendly.

    Secondly, when you install WinEdt as you download it and you have a space in your filename, the Latex compilation bombs out (while producing an error message that doesn’t even hint at whet went wrong). The author of WinEdt asserts (correctly) that this is a known bug with Miktex, and provides a fix (which consists of preventing WinEdt from passing a certain option to Miktex which causes the problem.

    However, it’s quite frustrating to have a Latex file that compiles without any problems under WinEdt 5.x and have it crash and burn with no sensible explanation when compiled from under WinEdt 6 (using the very same version of Miktex).

  3. Oh how I agree with you. I used WinEdt for years and was happy so far with it. I did not have to learn yet another language to configure my editor and I could focus on Latex and not on the editor.

    Forget all of this with WinEdt 6 ! It is a pity and I think I will leave for a more user-friendly system.

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