# [OS X TeX] AMS-TeX symbols in plaintex

Daniel Drucker drucker at math.wayne.edu
Mon Jul 22 01:41:09 CEST 2013

Thank you, Michael, Herb, and Juan, for the wonderfully simple solution to
a problem that caused me to use TeXShop less than I could have. It never
occurred to me that the upper case letters in the names of the files could
be the root of the difficulty.

Appreciatively,
Dan

P.S. Originally I started using version 2.41 of TeXShop on my MacBook Pro
running OS 10.5.9. When I bought a 27" iMac running OS 10.8, Migration
Assistant ported TeXShop to the new machine. I heeded the message from
TeXShop to update to version 2.47 and, despite heeding all the messages
about what changes to make in commands and locations of files, I couldn't
get it to work. So I didn't try to update TeXShop on my laptop, and I
decided to try installing a newer version of TeXShop on the new iMac.
What delayed my use of TeXShop on that machine was a long download
followed by an unhelpful "Installation failed" message of the type
mentioned in a recent message to this list. I waited for the next version,
tried again, and installation proceeded without difficulty. Now, thanks
to you, I have working versions of Textures and TeXShop on both machines.

On Jul 21, 2013, at 7:10 PM, juan tolosa <juantolo at me.com> wrote:

> That is exactly what I use (I have also migrated from TeXtures to this wonderful new platform,
> and I also prefer to use plain TeX), and it works.
>                          Juan Tolosa
>
> On Jul 21, 2013, at 5:44 PM, Daniel Drucker wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have been reading this list since February 2009, but this is the first message I've
>> submitted.
>>
>> I am a long-time user of the now-defunct Textures software from Blue Sky Research.
>> Textures still works on my 27" iMac running OS 10.8.4, but as it is no longer in
>> development I am gradually migrating to TeXShop.
>>
>> Unlike most people on this list, I prefer plaintex to LaTeX, though I've used LaTeX
>> too. Typically I enlarge the symbol set by starting each of my Textures plaintex
>> documents with the commands
>>
>> \input AMSsym.def
>> \input AMSsym.tex
>>
>> which enable me to use the AMS symbol fonts without using AMS-TeX. The two
>> files called with the input statements are dated Dec. 22, 1994 and come from the
>> American Mathematical Society. They were supplied with Textures in a TeX Inputs
>> folder.
>>
>> Is there a similar set of files that I can use to import the AMS symbols into TeXShop
>> plaintex documents? That would enable me to typeset all my Textures documents
>> in TeXShop without losing the AMS symbols. It would also make it easier for me
>> to incorporate AMS-TeX symbols into new TeXShop documents.
>>
>> Perhaps it is even possible to use the same two files with TeXShop, but if so, I
>> need to know where to put the files so that TeXShop will find them and use them.
>> I also wonder whether there is a more recent version of those two files.
>>
>> I'll appreciate any help you can offer.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Dan Drucker
>>
>>
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