[OS X TeX] TextMate text editor

Thomas Gustafsson thogu at ida.liu.se
Wed Oct 20 08:33:26 CEST 2004


Hi list,

I have been searching for a text editor for doing LaTeX editing. I have 
tested emacs with auxtex and reftex, vim with the latex-suite, 
TextMate, TeXShop, jEdit with latex plugin and BBEdit. I have also 
looked into AlphaX, eclipse, xCode etc. The thing is that I write a 
paragraph of text as a long line in the text editor. This has 
complications in some text editors. In emacs there is no soft wrapping 
and I have not found any elisp code for moving the cursor only visible 
lines. Soft wrapping is more or less a requirement for me to work 
efficiently in the text editor. In vim, one can get the soft wrap 
behavior, but as the lines get really long, the editor actually get 
sluggish. It feels awkward to have a lagging text editor, therefore I 
have been struggling to find alternatives :) It is a bit strange that a 
1GHz Powerbook should not be able to put text on the screen without 
lagging. TextMate and TeXshop also can get a bit slow on long lines. 
jEdit is kind of nice, and so is BBEdit, which even works on my old 
bronze keyboard G3 Powerbook.

Has anyone else experienced the same behavior of the text editors. 
Which text editors do you use?

Regards
Thomas, that is still searching for the perfect text editor :)

On 2004-10-19, at 04.24, Richard Seguin wrote:

> It does have BBEdit style LaTeX syntaxing available now, plus some 
> TeXShop integration. See:
>
> http://wiki.macromates.com/textmate/show/HomePage
>
> However, it still has two fatal flaws as far as I'm concerned: it 
> crashes if you attempt to use proportional type, and it doesn't seem 
> to have any means of navigating a LaTeX document as in the TeXShop tag 
> menu or BBEdit's toolbar Marker pull down. They are promising an 
> update within a few weeks, but I would be very surprised if any of 
> these issued are addressed.
>
> (I set up the Marker pull down menu in BBEdit using the "Find and Mark 
> All ..." option and setting Search For to "(\%:)([: a-zA-z0-9]*)" and 
> Mark With to "\2", and then choosing "Find & Mark" with the Clear 
> Existing Markers checked. It has to be updated when you add new items, 
> but it essentially duplicates the TeXShop tag menu by displaying the 
> TeXShop style tags, and executing the update takes about one second.)
>
> Richard Séguin
>
> On Oct 18, 2004, at 11:21 AM, Stephan Hochhaus wrote:
>
>> Am 17.10.2004 um 18:02 schrieb John B.Thoo:
>>
>>> Hi.  There was a post recommending the text editor TextMate on the 
>>> Octave list (see below).  Has anyone tried it for LaTeX?  (Sorry if 
>>> this has already been discussed.)
>> I did check it for a short time. But the very plain editor window 
>> wasn't too appealing to me. Plus it doesn't have syntax hghlightning 
>> as far as I could tell. At least I tried several minutes to locate 
>> the option that gave me tex coloring and gave up pretty soon. It 
>> doesn't even support Perl syntax which is the one reason I didn't try 
>> it anymore. Probably a great editor for all the switchers, but not 
>> for me.
>>
>> Stephan
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