LyX is, in essence, a document processor, but behind this rather generic title, there is a versatile editing platform where the focus falls on the appearance of the documents as much as on the way they are edited.
It is an open-source, cross-platform project that enhances the document management experience, allowing for the results to look professional, while the integrity of the content is in no way affected.
Thanks to its TeX / LaTeX support, academicians and students will no longer have a hard time writing formulae and will be able to produce science articles and books in a significantly easier manner than with a classic document editor.
LyX’s appearance is similar to most word processors, but looks is not its primary focus. Despite resembling the competition, LyX provides so much more in terms of functionality. It’s got rich support for documents, including Word, PDF, RTF, HTML, Postcript and OpenDocument, with extensive import and export options.
On top of basic editing features, such as cut, paste, spell checking, undo, redo, the program comes with a lot of goodies in what the outline and formatting of a document is concerned. You can create indexes, labels and bibliographies, table of contents, lists, headings, to name just a few.
With LyX, you will be able to incorporate tables and even external images inside a document and edit them with the aid of a built-in graphic utility. In addition, the formula editor allows for the easy creation of equations, matrices, theorems, with the possibility to define macros for later use.
Existing documents can be tracked for changes; in fact, you can compare several different editions of the same document and keep tabs on the modifications with the least of efforts.
In conclusion, LyX is so much more than a word processor. It pays attention to the structure of a file while also providing several editing possibilities, therefore covering all the aspects characteristic to document creation.