August 26, 2008

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Hello everybody,

it really seems to be time to get heard again in the web. At least with a small statement. Well everything looks fine at the moment. I had a good time the last months after my wedding and now I think everything gets normalized again. So what about BeaGTex? Any important news? Well there are news!

First of all the number of downloads. In August the magic number of 300 downloads has been reached for BeaGTex 1.3. That’s really good news, isn’t it? Well this fact is really great. But you and I know, BeaGTex is not perfect yet. There is still a lot of work to do. And this work will be done!

I’m really pleased, I can announce a new Version of BeaGTex: BeaGTex 1.4. This version will be realeased in late 2008 or early 2009. The work is just begining. I’m sure you all are very curious about the new features. Well you’ll get informed from time to time 🙂 But you can expect BeaGTex to become more international. It’s planed to release version 1.4 also in French, additional to German and English.

Well that’s it for the moment.

More to come in the next weeks 🙂

Let’s see how far I come …

Cu, Benjamin

News after a long time …

February 27, 2008

Well, first of all I’m really sorry for publishing so few news of my project. BeaGTex isn’t dead, but the the amount of free-time has gotten realy small after releasing version 1.3. More and more features are in the que waiting to be implemented. Unfortunately my job really is a little stressy at the moment, because there are several deadlines for my projects. And of course there is another important change in my life that you may be interested in. Im going to marry in April, so for the next weeks there won’t be too much time i can use to improve BeaGTex. But thats good news anyway isn’t it? 🙂

After explaining all this there’s one really inspiring fact: The number of downloads. It’s really unbelievable for me, seeing BeaGTex 1.3 downloaded more then 50 times every month. It seems BeaGTex 1.3 is the most popular version I ever produced (more than 160 downloads since released!!!). Seems like you all like it 🙂

So a great THANK YOU to all my helpers and of course to you all, using my editor. Seeing this interest one thin is sure: BeaGTex will be improved more and more.

Let’s see how far I come …

Cu, Benjamin

BeaGTex 1.3 released

November 30, 2007

Version 1.3 of my favourite platformindependent LaTex-Editor BeaGTex is now available.

The new release includes all the mentioned changes and should be running with every OS, that has a installed a current Java-VM.

BeaGTex supports English and German for the moment.

The downloadarea ist reachable via the project-website:

or direclty at sourceforge:

Just have a look 🙂

CU, Benjamin

BeaGTex-Release this week

November 29, 2007

The new BeaGTex-Release is nearly ready. I’m very optimistic to get the download available for you, before Sunday.

BeaGTex 1.3 will run on Linux, Windows and hopefully any other Operating System with a running Java.

Just keep looking. The new BeaGTex- Download will appear 🙂

Cu, Benjamin

EDIT: Just a note: Thanks to all of you, who downloaded BeaGTex within the last three month. I’m very happy to see, there were 120 of you. I didn’t expect that much interest 🙂 Thanks.

BeaGTex and Mac

November 15, 2007

It seems some BeaGTex-News mmade their way to several Mac-forums. In general it is the idea of BeaGTex to be a platformindependent editor, also for Mac. Java is available for many different operating systems, including MacOS. Unfortunately I don’t have any experience with MacOS myself and can’t say anything about how far LaTex is spread on these systems. I also cannot test all the functions properly on MacOS. My tests are limited an Linux and Windows at the moment. Of course I would be happy about any help concerning this point. So if any Mac-users want to, just let me know 🙂 After Googleing I realized that there is no great choice of LaTex-Editor for Mac. Maybe BeaGTex can fill this gap? To reach this goal there must be a dramatic growth of functions, but I think BeaGTex is on a good way and has the right concept.

Let’s see how far I come.

Cu, Benjamin

Handling Maven, preparing new release

November 12, 2007

In the meantime i had the chance to take a closer look into `Maven. To build BeaGTex Version 1.3 with Maven, there are still some little things to do. Unfortunately there won’t be enough time to get into all those JUnit-Tests, before the new release. So I had to find a way to get Maven building my project without the testing-phase. Otherwise there would appear many test-errors, which logically avoid a proper build. Well I found the Maven-plugin for this and arranged it the way I need it. Now I can switch on the tests for normal working and developing, and switch it of for building the new version. If everything fits, version 1.3 will be released this week.

I also tested the new funktion (of course the old too!) as good as possible. Everything seems to work properly. In the new version it will be possible to fit in marginal notes an cross-references via the (context-) menu. Maybe there is anybody out there just waiting for this? Well I know that new funktions are just peanuts, but hey, it’s one further step to the great goal of a complete and user-friendly LaTex-editor.

There’s still a long way to go.
Let’s see how far I come 🙂

Cu, Benjamin

Builds with Maven

November 8, 2007

After having all the code for version 1.3 and the JUnit-Tests it seems to be the right time to get my „build-management“ a little more professional. Therefore I decided to use the build-tool maven from Apache. Maven offers a lot of features which make it quite complex. I had to dicide whether to change the whole project-struture into the Maven-standard or to tell Maven somehow, what my structure looks like. I’ve chosen the last option. Unfortunately the integration into Eclipse is not optimal, so I run Maven from the shell.

After several tries I suceeded to adapt Maven’s pom.xml in a way, that represents my current project. For the beginning it looks not too bad. But it surely will need some more time, to get fully into all the features and to get to the point where i can let Maven do all the buildings for complete releases.

Let’s see how far I come 🙂

Cu, Benjamin


November 8, 2007

Today I imported some JUnit-Tests, specially created for the project. Thanks to Evan for his work. With this tests I try to assure that the current functionality (Version 1.2) won’t get worse or even lost because of any of my „improvements“.

However Evans tests show also, that there is a lot of more work to do to get the code better. Most of all it seems I have to get more the way to MVC, which should make coding cleaner and testing easier.

Future plans are to release versions 1.3 and 1.4 as planned with some more LaTex-functions and extended GUI using tabs. After that there should (and hopefully will) be a longer phase of code-refactoring for the next big realease 2.0.

Let’s see how far I come 🙂

PS: In case sombody of you is a little bored and wants to read more, thers a page with some stories or novels I wrote. (in german only) so just have a look if you like 🙂 –>


November 7, 2007


this will be the place where I post  all the activities concerning my OpenSource-Project BeaGTex. BeaGTex is a platformindependend LaTex-Editor written in Java.

I hope you’ll enjoy your time here 🙂

And please forgive my bad English. I’m trying my best 🙂

Have a look at the projects website –> or my german blog at

Cu, Benjamin