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The latest version of LyX 1.3.6 for Windows is: 1.3.6_v1
LyX 1.3.6 is the first official release of LyX to support the Windows platform. It is based on Ruurd Reitsma's original port which he first released to the public back in 2003. At the time, we felt that the closed-source nature of the Qt GUI library on Windows meant that we couldn't support it officially. That has all changed with the increased maturity of the Q../Free project (and, indeed, with the recent GPL release of Qt 4). We felt that the time was right to make LyX/Win an official part of LyX.
Doing so has not been trivial. Ruurd did a superb job in writing the original port, but didn't have the resources to squash all of the irritating little bugs that surface when many people use an app "for real". Large chunks of the code base have been touched to resolve these problems, so LyX/Win 1.3.6 cannot really be classified as a minor bug fix release.
We feel confident that LyX 1.3.6 will be the best ever version of LyX on Windows. It's been through an extensive prerelease, during which a small army of volunteers have provided us with bug reports. Most of these bugs are now squashed, but if you find a new one, please do report it to the developers' mailing list.
LyX 1.3.6 comes with its own installer. You'll find that you can install LyX as a normal user, but you'll enjoy your LyX experience more if you have Administrator privileges when you install it. (Some Registry entries can be made only by an Administrator.)
LyX requires many tools in order to typeset your documents. Indeed, the installer will check for MinSys, Python, MikTex, Perl, Ghostscript, and ImageMagick before attempting to install LyX itself. Some of these tools are an absolute necessity, but some are optional. If the installer doesn't find them, it'll point you to the appropriate web pages from which they can be downloaded.
Note (from Ekkehart Schlicht): If you want to collect all necessary files before installing, download LyX 1.3.6 (7.5 MB), MinSys (2.7MB), Python (10.4MB), MikTex Setup Wizard (0.5MB), Perl (12.4MB), Ghostscript (10MB), ImageMagick (7MB), and bakoma4lyx-1.1 and run the MikTex Setup Wizard first. This will install a LaTeX typesetting system used by LyX. (If you have already a LaTeX system installed, LyX will use that system and you need not install MikTeX.) Then go on and install the above files, with LyX 1.3.6 last. Although LyX swallows path and folder names with blanks (such as C:\Program Files\...) this is not necessarily true for the other programs, and it is recommended to install them in the default locations suggested by the programs, or in paths without blanks (such as C:\Programs\...), just to be on the safe side.
We believe that we've overcome LyX's problems regarding "file paths with spaces", so the installer defaults to installing LyX at
Thereafter, it would expect to find a user's (Angus) customization of its support files at
Moreover, its would search for the same user's documents at
and would create its temporary workspace at
although the location of these latter two can be customized using the Edit→Preferences dialog.
The new installer will guide you through many of the steps needed to produce a useful LyX environment, but it doesn't do everything. Some things it doesn't do:
You'll have to do those things yourself. Alternatively, you might consider using the funky new LyXWinInstaller to install a pre-release version of LyX 1.3.7. This installer is much more powerful than the one supplied with LyX 1.3.6 but does install a pre-release version of LyX. Caveat emptor and all that.
After installing these tools, running Edit→Reconfigure should be enough for LyX to find them. (You'll have to restart LyX for the changes to take effect.) It may be, however, that you'll need to adjust the PATH prefix entry in the Paths pane of the Edit→Preferences dialog. Check the Viewer entry in the File formats pane of the same dialog to see if a viewer has been found.
For spell checking to work in LyX you'll need to install
These must be installed at
Two, equivalent, font packages are available to make your math equations look reasonable on-screen. (Only the screen view is affected; paper output should already be OK).
Until fairly recently, the BaKoMa fonts were released under a restrictive licence. That's no longer the case, so we can recommend that you use them in preference to the latex-xft fonts. To install the fonts use Start→Settings→Control Panel→Fonts and then File→Install New Font. You may need to restart the computer for the new fonts to become available.
First check of the installation
You may want to check a few things on an existing example, e.g.
We don't have direct control over the Q../Free toolkit which does indeed suffer from several small bugs. The guys there are working hard to squash them, however. As they do, we'll make the new
If you come across new bugs and report them to the developers' mailing list then we'll try and put together minimal test cases to post on to the Q../Free list.