Software for scientific writing

Adobe InDesign

It says: From books and brochures to digital magazines and iPad apps, InDesign CC helps you create pixel-perfect page designs and typography. Easily adapt layouts for multiple page sizes, screen sizes, or orientations.

License: Commercial, Trial available


It says: Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.

License: Freeware


It says: EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references.

License: Commercial, Trial available


Wikipedia: LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup language. It is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents in many fields, including mathematics, physics, and computer science. LaTeX uses the TeX typesetting program for formatting its output, and is itself written in the TeX macro language.

Note: LaTeX is NOT an application, it is a markup language that you need to learn bevor you can work with it! And you need to install a LaTeX distribution AND an application.

License: Mostly Freeware, but also commercial sometimes

LaTeX Distribution: (includes TeXShop)







It says: MathType is a powerful interactive equation editor that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, elearning, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.

License: Commercial, Trial available


It says: Mellel is a fully featured, agile word processor for Mac OS X.

License: Commercial, Trial available


Very good creative writing text editor.

License: Commercial, Trial available