Recommended Software

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Recommended Software

This entry provides a set of software tools that are recommended for the development of written works, simulations, among others.


"Lyx is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (What you see is what you mean) and not simply their appearance (What you see is what you get)".

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Latex Distributions

(For Windows) Miktex is the most popular Latex package source under the Windows OS.

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(For Ubuntu Linux or Debian) You can use the texlive distribution for Ubuntu and Debian.

Command (ubuntu): sudo apt-get install texlive-full (For installation of all available packages)


Mendeley is a reference organizer, a tool to generate bibliography, search and share scientific documents.

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(Tip) Activate the generation of a bib file in order to have all the Mendeley references at a single library.bib file.


Inkscape is a vectorial graphics viewer and editor. It has support to generate pdf_tex figures (that visually fit better to lyx or Latex documents).

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Gimp is an open source image processing software (Similar to photoshop, for instance).

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SVN client

(For Windows) Tortoise SVN is a suitable client for Windows since it integrates itself to the Windows shell and context menus.


MACRO's SVN source: (Requires authorization). Specific projects have their own file hierarchy, you have to check your project source.


The Robotic Operating System (ROS) is comprises a set of packages that provide different functionalities for many kinds of real and simulated robots. It is better if you run it on Ubuntu.

Installation link:

Useful guide to start with ROS: (A Gentle Introduction to ROS, Jason M. O'Kane, 2014).


"V-REP is the Swiss army knife among robot simulators: you won't find a simulator with more functions, features, or more elaborate APIs".

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"Doxygen is the de facto standard tool for generating documentation from annotated C++ sources, but it also supports other popular programming languages such as C, Objective-C, C#, PHP, Java, Python, IDL (Corba, Microsoft, and UNO/OpenOffice flavors), Fortran, VHDL, Tcl, and to some extent D".

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