I am not fluent in LaTeX and was wondering whether any of the new iPad pen-input apps are very useful for writing math documents more fluently than using LaTeX as a proxy language. If so, which one/ones do you use for that, and do you ultimately export to some standard tool or actually get the whole thing final within the app?

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I'd pick up markdown. It's a much easier formatting language and LaTeX can be generated from it, e.g. with pandoc.

I am using Emacs as a markdown and LaTeX editor (with AucTeX), but agree that it's not everyones' choice. I'd look into Typora for markdown, it is cross-plattform, but not available on iDevices. There are some alternatives, though.

  • Most markdown implementations I've seen don't provide any support for mathematical notation.
    – BrenBarn
    Jun 30, 2018 at 5:42
  • Oh, well. You just escape to TeX every time you feel so or don't remember the proper markdown syntax. It easier to write _emphasis_ than \emph{emphasis}, but at least pandoc would detect $$\int e^{\frac{1}{x}} dx$$ and convert it to a proper LaTeX display chant. Jun 30, 2018 at 15:03
  • I would call that "using LaTeX as a proxy language", which is what the OP specifically said they don't want. (I suppose it's possible they meant something else, though.)
    – BrenBarn
    Jun 30, 2018 at 18:33

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