Welcome to TeXable, where TeX is made easy. TeXable makes writing LaTeX more efficient by introducing intuitive GUI components to replace boilerplate code, allowing the user to go straight to the content.
TeXable comes with a text editor that has syntax highlighting, autocompletion based on the packages you’ve added, search and replace, and more. It compiles LaTeX locally using PDFLaTeX, allowing you to compile swiftly and get instant feedback. The TeXLive distribution is downloaded as an on-demand-resource after the app is installed for a smoother experience. It is quite large, at around ~760MB.
TeXable has four main GUI components that allow you to expedite writing TeX: the Equation Editor, the Figure Inserter, the Matrix Maker, and the Table Generator.
The Equation Editor is our answer to one of the common problems when writing a large TeX document - having to compile the entire document just to make a small update in one of your equations. Preview your equations separately in the Equation Editor, allowing you to save time by compiling a single equation rather than the entire document. Once you're sure you've written the right equation, add it into your original document.
The Figure Inserter allows you to create complex figures with a simple GUI. The changes you make in the GUI are automatically processed in real-time to generate TeX, which is auto-compiled to preview the output figure. The GUI allows you to easily choose the number of subfigures and add captions and labels. It allows you to import images from your camera, device, iCloud, and more. It also allows you to simply draw your own images with your fingers, or Apple Pencil if you have one, and then import them directly into your project. These drawings can later be modified to create other drawings or update existing ones.
The Matrix maker and Table Generator allow you to avoid writing cumbersome boilerplate code for tables and matrices. You can select the dimensions of a matrix or table, change its values rapidly, apply styling, and the GUI will generate the TeX for you, allowing you to preview and copy it into your document.
After you’re satisfied with your work, you can export your project to Google Drive, iCloud Drive, other apps, or send them to others through email or messaging.
You can import existing projects into the app in the form of a .zip file.
TeXable saves your files in your iCloud drive if available, meaning that you won’t lose your work if you delete the app and re-download.
Subscription pricing and terms:
TeXable offers an auto-renewing monthly subscription at $3.99/month. TeXable also offers a lifetime subscription for $19.99, which is paid for by a one-off upfront payment with unlimited access to TeXable forever.
If you have suggestions on how to improve the app, or questions about the app, please reach out to us!
p.s. Shout out to our friend Ben Strekha for coming up with the original idea and helping us extensively in our development. He advised us on a lot of our design choices and helped with debugging and making sure that the app works as intended. Without his passion and help, the project wouldn’t have started nor reached its conclusion. Thanks Ben!
1. BibTeX Support
2. Share previews of toolbar items as .png directly
3. Add packages to texmf-local
Ratings and Reviews
Pretty cool, but no typesetter support
This is actually a really impressive and fairly polished project. I still had a heck of a time getting files into the app because it isn't exposed to the iPad's sharing menu for some reason. The ZIP import fallback did work.
Unfortunately, I can't use the app for my projects because they require XeLaTeX or LuLaTeX support for typesetting fonts. Texable only supports pdfLaTeX.
You can import packages from CTAN and have your local texmf files. Import .Tex files from iCloud and also folders. Uses a local TeXLive repository. I have all the Tex programs and this is one i have been using a lot. There is a shortcut menu bar that takes up a lot of screen space. Since you will only use these once in a while better leave time to key-combos and/or be able to hide that part of the menu.
This is what I’ve been looking for!
TeXable is the first app to make use of the fact that the iPad has a touch screen that can be used to draw things, perhaps to add them as a figure. This is massively helpful in generating quick LaTeX documents for homework when you don’t have time to create fancy images and just want to draw a quick figure to convey the meaning. Good stuff!
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- Bread and Gutter LLC
- 129 MB
- Developer Tools
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
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- In-App Purchases
- 1 Month $3.99
- Lifetime $19.99