Scot wrote:Of course, I'm also probably one of the last ones to do that- Word templates were released shortly afterwards, not that I would have ever touched those!
I actually learned a bit of TeX, not LaTeX. I found it to be a bit of a novelty, but it was too much work to try and do a full paper in it. Unless the equations got really complex, it was easy enough to do it in Word with the equation editor. Easier, even, since equation editor was more interactive. I had a friend that did everything in LaTeX, so to each his own.
I seem to recall we used to use Mathematica to do the really complex stuff. Mind you, as an aerospace engineer, some of our stuff was pretty far out there when you were deep in fluid dynamics.
Surprisingly, you can get very complex with Word and Excel if you really want to. I've had the fortune (or misfortune) to become intimately knowledgeable about their capabilities. (For instance, did you know that the numbering format window is not just word giving you six options, but displaying the six simultaneous numbering systems it can maintain at once? Neither did I until I used five of them in one document.)