Most Mathematicians use Latex for their documents on the other hand most ‘normal’ people use some sort of word processor.
The Open Office Latex plugin is the compromise.
Basically the only reason you would use it over Latex is…..
You can share an open office file with your non Latex converted friends, you know those statistics students who are doing other degrees not maths and you are forced to do group work with them.
Other reasons yeah.. OOo has a spell checker … it’s easier to insert pictures.
Anyway installation: go grab the file from http://ooolatex.sourceforge.net/ save and download.
Install using the install extensions tool in open office. Installs just like a Firefox extension.
yeah next part is configuring it.
Frankly the instructions on the website where lacking at this part of the process.
I couldn’t find the config section because I didn’t notice the new bar underneath file.
And no suggestions where the binaries for Latex and ghostscript would be except for a mac screenshot. But since this is my ubuntu box it was easier solved with locate:
For both binaries.
Next thing was having a play.
Using the “equation” button, you are presented with a fairly confusing screen, working out things like when you select inline in the equation menu you don’t need to put in the $ $ and selecting emf as the output image format didn’t work so I used png, took some trial and error.
Basically the plug-in has no polish.. only experienced computer and latex users should give it a go.