[OS X TeX] how to handle window-mania?

Ralph Pöllath lists at poellath.org
Fri Oct 15 12:16:55 CEST 2004


On 14.10.2004, at 15:42, Curtis Clifton wrote:
> I agree with the Exposé sentiment.  I regularly use Exposé, but find 
> it doesn't help much when I've got three of four windows of LaTeX 
> source.
>
> In OmniOutliner I've taken to coloring the background of different 
> documents so that they are easy to distinguish when “Exposéd”.  
> Choosing a light, pastel background color doesn't negatively effect 
> readability.  Perhaps TeXShop could allow setting a background color 
> on a per-source basis.  This could be remembered by keeping a cache 
> mapping files to background colors within TeXShop's saved preferences 
> (or with a meta-data facility, but lets not open that can of worms 
> here).  BBEdit 8 uses this mapping approach.
>
> The background color of the source document could, optionally, also be 
> used for the corresponding console and pdf.  The three windows for a 
> document (source, console, and pdf) are sufficiently different that 
> even if they are the same color they could still be differentiated 
> when Exposéd.  An wilder idea would be to integrate this with pdfsync 
> for pdfs generated from multiple sources (i.e., include files).  The 
> previewer could render the background of each page of the pdf in the 
> appropriate color based on the include file that describes that page.

Maybe TexShop could pick up a source document's color label (which you 
can assign in the Finder) and use it as the background color?

Cheers,
-Ralph.

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