TeXmaker is my choice when I don't need a cloud based solution. I like it for its streamlined interface, including pdf rendering, doc structure, quick compilation with multiple pass for resolving bibtex references, all in one window. Unfortunately the latest version for Mac >10.9 seems to be bugged for dual screen use: drop down menus appear in the wrong place. It's a known issue due to the used Qt5 library.
I like texlive distribution.. amazing number of packages .. it is unbelieveable to know a lot of effort has been done to improve it. For the IDE, texstudio has 'suggestion' while typing the command and it reduce headache while writing. .. I like the text color too.. amazing jobs!!
LyX is the best.
I used TeXMaker, SublimeText but now I prefer cloud-based editors :
https://www.writelatex.com (https://www.overleaf.com) now
I would consider LaTeXila if you are using UNIX/LINUX and in particular if you are using GNOME. On the other side if you are using KDE then Kile is probably the best option. However do not forget Geany with specific plugings.
You can also use online tools: authorea etc...
i am using winedt. i think it is userfrndly
after reading all the comments i have decided to go with the LyX , but during installation was not proper , and tried three times but unsuccessful.
Finaly i have started to work with "Texstudio". and from first attempt its working fine. definitely "Texstudio" good for beginner like me
TeXStudio for beginners and Emacs-AuCTeX for the rest. One of the best functionality in GUI AuCTeX is the optional WYSIWYG functionality which can show editable compiled version of your tex file.
I have used Texmaker but a long ago and it worked just fine for me...
Latex is my choice
I have tried TeXMaker, WinEdt, but then I came across TeXStudio, with which I am delighted, as is free, there is really all I need, and is available in many Linux distributions.
I think that MiKTeX or Texmaker are better choices.
The best option is TeXStudio but with Linux as Ubuntu
GNU/Emacs with AUCTeX extension. Once you get used to the keys-only navigation, you can edit text much faster than in any other application. It took me a while to learn to, but once I was settled, I felt really comfortable with this choice.
I cannot understand how it is possible to downvote a competent answer as Florian's.
Downvoting should be reserved to wrong answers or to answers that have nothing to do with the subject of the discussion. Downvoting an answer only to express a disagreement, while hiding behind anonimity, is detestable.
This is another design flaw of RG. Instead, RG should completely remove downvoting or, at least, remove anonymity and force dowvoters to justify the reasons for their negative vote.
There is an interesting thread on this subject on RG:
no doubt, the best one is texstudio. I used almost most of tex editors, texstudio is the best !
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