[texworks] problem with \magstep1

Tolosa, Juan Juan.Tolosa at stockton.edu
Sun Mar 23 03:59:46 CET 2014

I attach two zip folders, one with the MixTeX version, done in the PC, and another one in the Mac, done with TeXworks. Both contain all the auxiliary files generated during the typeset processes. The source files are identical, but the outputs are dramatically different.

Any advice on how to fix the problem will be appreciated.

Thank you,

From: Joseph Wright [joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:37 AM
To: TeXworks (TeX front end) discussion.
Cc: Tolosa, Juan
Subject: Re: [texworks] problem with \magstep1

On 20/03/2014 23:06, Tolosa, Juan wrote:
> I am using MikTeX (2.9) in a PC, typesetting in plain TeX, and I am having problems with \magstep.
> If I use TeXWorks in the mac, everything works as it should: the characters get enlarged, and the page size remains unchanged. However, when using MikTeX, typesetting with pdfTeX, then a funny thing happens: if I use \magstep1, the typeface size does not change, but just a smaller numer of characters are fit into each line, and the entire document looks very small, with lots of empty space. It looks as if all that was done was reduce the \hsize and the \vsize, which is not what I intended.
> I attach a sample of a regular typeset document (using no \magnification command) and a second one using \magstep3, to stress the effect of the change.
> Any advice on how to fix this will be appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Juan Tolosa

Almost certainly no a TeX works issue: TeXworks just asks the TeX system
to  'do stuff'. However, to solve the issue I think we'll need to see an
example .tex file and log files from the two systems.
Joseph Wright
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