[OS X TeX] DVI previewer (was: Nobody knows)

Massimiliano Gubinelli mgubi at mac.com
Tue Mar 23 12:49:33 CET 2004

On 23 Mar 2004, at 12:26, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 23 mars 04, à 12:16, Massimiliano Gubinelli a écrit :
>> As an aside: I will like to know if there is someone (like me) who 
>> still works with DVI files and does not like MacDviX?
>> (i.e. somebody would like to use a fast Cocoa DVI previewer?)
> Did you try OzTeX <http://www.trevorrow.com/oztex/index.html>? It 
> includes a DVI-previewer, in an integrated way à la Textures, and can 
> be made to work seamlessly with Gerben's distribution (you have the 
> choice to use either Gerben's distribution or OzTeX's one). Its manual 
> is also an invaluable source of information.

Thanks. As far as I understand OzTeX is a Carbon application. Became 
fond of this wonderful operating system I would like to get rid of 
these old applications (like MacDviX is). I come from the unix world 
and there I used the combination emacs/xdvi. Xdvi is really fast and 
slim, so I was thinking that with better OS as MacOSX is, it should be 
possible to have a still better DVI previewer.

I made that question because actually I was experimenting about a 
Cocoa/CoreGraphics implementation of a DVI previewer. For the NeXTstep  
there is an application called TeXView which has DVI capabilities. The 
porting of this application is not straightforward since it uses 
Display Post-Script. Then trying to devise a solution to render Type1 
and PK fonts on a Mac I discovered that there is no easy way to have 
bitmap fonts in Cocoa/Quartz. A possibility is to use OpenGL and its 
display-lists, but I'm still fighting with it... Another possibility is 
to embed dvipdfm  and produce "on-demand" pdf descriptions of the pages 
to be rendered by the standard Quartz PDF functions.

If somebody (nobody?) has suggestions or would like to share my 
project, is welcome.


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