[OS X TeX] newcomer: TexTures info

paolo caravani b.harp at fastwebnet.it
Tue Jan 23 19:29:04 CET 2007


Yes Bruno.  I'll try that.  So far, I have been just  following
the instructions on the  Bluesky page, namely:

- an alias of Tex Fonts into
> /Library/Application Support/Textures/Metrics/
- an alias of Tex Inputs into
> /Library/Application Support/Textures/Inputs/

Clearly, that's not enough for the problems I encounter.....
I'll replace my alias with the ones you suggest!

Your msg prompted me  questions that might be of gen. interest:

- are TeXShop and iTeXMac freely available and where?
- do they compare with (classic) Textures performances, in particular:

a) synchronicity&ff
b) flash mode
c) editor (comment/uncomment/go-to-line, etc)
d) pdf, postscript exporters & printing

Thanks

P. Caravani - Rome - It





Il giorno 23/gen/07, alle ore 18:07, Bruno Voisin ha scritto:

> Le 23 janv. 07 à 16:58, Peter Dyballa a écrit :
>
>> Am 23.01.2007 um 16:17 schrieb paolo caravani:
>>
>>> QUESTION: what fonts what folders and where should be created
>>> to have decent operation?
>>
>> Can you switch off (comment) all font loading commands to see that  
>> you do not need anything special?
>>
>> Probably Lucida fonts are used. Bruno Voisin recently wrote a  
>> large mail on how to install the fonts in a modern TeX system. You  
>> can find it in the archive. The fonts can be purchased at TUG, I  
>> think.
>
> No, the fonts used in that document are the Palatino fonts called  
> through their Textures built-in metrics (with names Palatino,  
> PalatinoI, PalatinoB and PalatinoBI).
>
> Typesets fine here. See screenshot <http://homepage.mac.com/ 
> bvoisin/.cv/bvoisin/Sites/.Public/Flowers.png-zip.zip>, with  
> Classic and OS X Textures side-by-side.
>
> What I did:
>
> - Create a folder /Library/Application Support/Textures/Inputs/,  
> put inside an alias of the TeX Inputs folder of Classic Textures  
> (for me Textures 2.1).
>
> - Create similarly a folder /Library/Application Support/Textures/ 
> Metrics/, put inside an alias of the TeX Fonts folder of Classic  
> Textures.
>
> That's it! In case you created custom formats, these go to /Library/ 
> Application Support/Textures/Formats/.
>
> Using /Library/Application Support/Textures/ is one option,  
> allowing all users of your Mac to use Textures. Another option, the  
> only one mentioned in the Installation section of the Textures  
> 2.2.0a page <http://www.bluesky.com/news/220a.html>, is to use ~/ 
> Library/Application Support/Textures/ (i.e. the same folder but  
> inside your home directory), which will make Textures work only  
> from your user account.
>
> For example, I put personal TeX and LaTeX input files inside ~/ 
> Library/Application Support/Textures/Inputs/. For those using TeX  
> Live or gwTeX, this plays exactly the same role as ~/Library/texmf/ 
> tex/.
>
> I must admit I feel happy to see there are still Textures users  
> around. When Textures 2.2.0a was released, I planned to start using  
> it regularly, to see how well it performed compared with the  
> already established OS TeX front-ends, namely TeXShop and iTeXMac.  
> But, due to the lack of the most basic editing functionalities  
> (like search-and-replace, go to line, block comment, ...) and to  
> the lack of support of virtual fonts, I had to give up.
>
> That said, in the absence of any news about Textures since early  
> August 2006, after the sudden surge of visible activity in July  
> 2006, I'm feeling pessimistic again...
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Bruno Voisin
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