I would like to second Steve Litt's plea for a well-formed Lyx native format. I wrote a script to create a package to submit to a journal from my paper's Lyx file. The package includes a tex file with the bibliography and figure files renamed with standardized names such as fig1.eps. It makes copies of the re-named figure files in a subdirectory.

As it stands now, the code will break if I upgrade from my current version of Lyx. If there were a well formed native format, my script could be written once and used with new versions. I could distribute it to Lyx users who need to do this common task.

This is just one example of the Lyx add-ons that Steve envisions.

Bob Alvarez

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