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LyX is a terrifc tool for writing. But sometimes people write in Microsoft Word and then need to get their Word document into LyX, which is no easy task. That's where LyXConverter comes in. LyXConverter creates a LyX document based on a Word document. It does this directly, in Word, without first exporting to LaTeX or going through other gyrations. The resulting LyX document is very clean, without instances of ERT or other odd artifacts.
LyXConverter converts the following Word features:
Local formatting: italics, bold, and small caps
Tables of contents
Indexes and index entries (including main entries, subentries, subsubentries, cross-references, page ranges, and forced sorts)
Double returns (as vertical space)
Special characters, including quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, protected spaces, protected hyphens, nonbreaking spaces, nonbreaking hyphens, copyright symbol, trademark symbol, registered symbol, and many others
Note that LyXConverter doesn't try to reproduce the formatting of your Word document in LyX. In fact, that would make little sense. Instead, LyXConverter converts your Word document into a LyX document so that LyX can do its own formatting-which, by the way, is vastly superior to anything that can be done in Word.
LyXConverter includes the full version of LyXBook, which is a collection of layouts and modules designed specifically for typesetting books in LyX. LyXBook includes:
A user.bind file that creates special keyboard shortcuts for editing and formatting books
Documentation (in PDF and LyX) for using the layouts and modules
A sample book (in LyX) that uses one of the layouts: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
After installing LyXConverter, you'll find the LyXBook files (zipped) on your desktop. The version of LyXBook available here is a sampler that includes two of the layouts, the documentation, and the book.
LyXConverter comes with complete documentation (as both a Word document and a converted LyX document), which you'll find on your desktop after installing the program.
LyXConverter runs only in Microsoft Word for Windows, in any version from Word 2003 to Word 2016. Converted LyX files require at least LyX 2.0.
Updates: official site does not provide any info about changes in this version.