UG Professor develops a software to ease the creation of scientific documents
With the purpose to make it easy for the students and professors, to create and handle academic documents –from essays to articles and thesis-, Dr. Sergio Ledesma Orozco developed Tex Lab, a software that can be downloaded for free and is available for everyone.
Dr. Ledesma, professor ascribed to the Department of Electronic Engineering of Campus Irapuato-Salamanca, mentioned that it is common for the scientific magazines or even editorials suggest using the LaTeX system to write the papers.
Same as Word, LaTeX is used as a document generator, but it is more suitable for academic contents, especially if they include formulas and equations. However, its use isn’t simple, so Dr. Ledesma decided to create an easier program: Tex Lab.
The software has templates on which you can work on, so the author can worry about the content, and not about the form. This is because sometimes, the students don’t know how to write their thesis or organize it. With this tool, they have this part solved and they can save time, explained the professor.
For example, to write a thesis, you can use a template on Tex Lab; this includes each one of the chapters this document must have, such as presentation, introduction, objective, preliminary results, work flow, conclusions, etcetera. In addition, each one has a description, which is like a guide for who is writing.
With this program, you can write essays, make presentations or write scientific articles in nine languages, such as Spanish, English, German, French, Ukranian, Greek, Russian or Romanian. Also, you can easily insert figures, tables or references, remarks Dr. Ledesma, who explained that at the beginning, he created for personal use, and it began enriching it by the suggestions made by his colleagues.
Tex Lab is only available for Windows and it is free to use, as Dr. Ledesma belives, the most important thing than many people, is for them to use it. You can download it at http://www.sintesis.ugto.mx/#TexLab
source: Universidad de Guanajuato – Guanajuato, Mexico