TeX Services (was Re: [Mac OS X TeX] Fonts, Illustrator and much frustration)

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Wed Jul 11 17:30:49 CEST 2001

I was glancing through my InstantTeX manual last night, and realized
that a thing which I'd thought was covered in it was not :(

The NeXTTeX solution to this difficulty (getting TeX math into
Illustrator or another drawing program) is covered by the concept of
``Services'', essentially a menu entry which applies a program to the
current selection. The canonical example of this is Webster.app (now
done by OmniGroup's OmniDictionary which uses a dict.org-style 'net
server), where <Command> = gets one the definition of the currently
selected word.

TeX on NeXTstep affords this as well, as this snippet from the NeXT
readme of the  Computer Modern Blue Sky Research Type 1 font archive explains:

> If all went well, you should be able to open test.rtf in Edit.app (as
> a normal user), select the line of input (cmd-a from the keyboard or
> click-drag the mouse across the entire line), and then select
> "Services>TeXview>TeX EQ->.EPS" from the menu.  When it has run to
> completion, the .rtf file will have transformed itself to an .rtfd
> file and the graphic image it contains should be recognizable as the
> quadratic formula.  If it looks jagged and/or has missing characters,
> symbols, or lines, then there's a problem with the installation.
> Note that the magnification was set to 1800, which is definitely not
> a "standard" TeX size - one of the benefits of using PS fonts is the
> ability to scale arbitrarily, not just to pre-defined sizes.

Oh, right, it's done by TeXView.app, not InstantTeX....

The equation in question is:
\magnification=1800$$-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}\over 2a$$

My apologies for the confusion (I'm scanning again today, so haven't had
occasion to experiment with Mac OS X TeX :(


William Adams, publishing specialist
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