KaTeX any thoughts you might incorporate it

I am not putting this as a feature request. But are you guys thinking about adding support for KaTex at any point? I see some note taking apps have it as do some messaging services.
In all honestly I don’t know how useful it would be for me. I would for sure give it a shot, I am on the edge of doing every bit of note taking in DEVONthink 3. Not quite there yet.

I am stuck sometimes between that and a full blown LaTeX. I don’t think that is uncommon either. Once you get to that point there is always something you need which requires the full LaTeX suite.
Thanks, by the way, for keeping all the keyboard commands working nicely all the time. I am sure it is tricky and must take a lot of time and effort. I value them very much.

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It’s the first request I’ve ever seen. In fact, I’ve never even heard of it until now. :slight_smile:


This was written on Ulysses app using KateX. Here is a piece of nonsense for you to see: you can see how good it renders a pdf with mathy things. I use prime and other math type expressions a bit. As I said, I don’t understand it under the hood really or the way it works with html and so on. I am probably getting a M2 8 GB too, I use a lot of power on my overspecced machine that I am wasting really and going down rabbit holes instead of focus and the battery is failing… I wasn’t as such putting a request, but I am told it is good with Markdown, and on Ulysses it does work quite well with Markdown I have found. This is the way that pdf comes out in plain text just to give people the flavor as it were: so I store the notes I make using this, not many, flat in plain text anyway.

Jive. a_{2} is done by underscore wiggly brackets and some other things it can do, a
^{\prime\prime\prime} LaTeX renders as above \int\limits_0^1 x^2 + y^2 \ dx rendered with some adjustments from this site Subscripts and superscripts - Overleaf, Online LaTeX Editor (Subscripts and superscripts - Overleaf, Online LaTeX Editor)

Math “mode” is already supported in markdown in the editor.

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Thanks I will look it up. I missed it and assumed nothing like that was there. Apologies to all for taking time and space about a feature that was really there all the time. This can do everything I need for sure and anything KateX can do. Some LaTeX there too as far as I can see.

The problem I see is, that for anything more sophisticated than a basic equation, one will eventually will use packages that only a full installation requires. I like Texifier, because they also have an iPad app. Their own app could even deal with TiKZ and PGF plots. At some point however, and this always seems to come, I need something that the reduced LaTeX cannot do. I now arrived at LuaLaTeX and Biber for references. I am no longer hoping for LaTeX, the screen estate is small anyways and if necessary one can use Overleaf with a browser.

That Ullysses supports basic LaTeX sounds nice but until a few weeks ago, they did not even support the generation of a Table of Content …


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Exactly, that is where I was when I got back here. I appreciated very much that confirmation though thank you. It has been helpful coming to this forum in several ways as always. I will also investigate those suggestions.

Same goes for the Ulysses thing, sooner or later one needs ‘something’, just a ‘little thing’ that one can only get on the full LaTeX. I have to say I do like the way LaTeX produces a document better than anything else I can ever do for sure. I haven’t had it installed now for a couple of years and maybe it is time I returned.

Where I am heading is to use DEVONthink 3 for everything, notes included, some in Markdown and with the LaTeX markup in the text if I need. And then install the full LaTeX suite again to produce finished documents.
Already I had to investigate the pdf render on DEVONthink 3 's Markup and it is a learning curve that is adding no benefit to just re-installing LaTeX for Mac; I don’t even need it a lot. But as you say, everytime there is something or other I need the full suite for. I also use some obscure stuff and to date have found work rounds but maybe I need to grow up on that! That includes some linguistics.
I love DEVONthink 3 and it is the core, but I am getting away from other proprietry apps and I think I will put my Ulysses yearly sub towards the LaTeX free project.
I might try nvALT upgrade if it ever gets finished and does work 100% from the keyboard. Otherwise I can do most of what I need from DEVONthink 3 really and for sure keep all my notes in there.

I have good success using a LaTeX template provided in Scrivener to produce PDFs with great format, TOC, and indexes with little tweaking of the Scrivener compile settings. of course over the years have tweaks, by as default works well. All my reference docs in DEVONthink, of course. Technical documents for private consulting contracts.


Actually I didn’t realize how much support for LaTeX and slightly pared down LaTeX there is now. It was a masterpiece of programming and it is a testament to its designer Donald Knuth that it is so widespread. It is the key idea behind Markdown really, though that deserves a round of applause anyway. Knuth is a hero of mine actually for several reasons.
I used Scrivener years ago, it was good I thought. I wiish in fact I could use every good app there is!!