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I need a visual LaTeX editor for general use on Ubuntu 14.04+.

To be more specific, some features that would be helpful would include:

  • Bibliography/references/inline citation management
  • Footnote support
  • Figure support
  • Image support

Others that are not so important include:

  • Spell Check
  • Maths equation generation
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TexMaker may be what you're after. It has plenty of features, including PDFLaTeX options, code completion, basic document templates, error logging, and bibliographic functions.

http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/

It's available in the repos as far as I'm aware, so on Ubuntu it's simply a matter of running sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install texmaker

If you've not installed the texlive packages you'll need to do that first, a quick (albeint overkill) way of getting all the Texlive packages is sudo aptitude install texlive-full

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