[Mac OS X TeX] TeXShop 1.1

Charles Bouldin charles.bouldin at nist.gov
Tue Jun 26 02:27:59 CEST 2001

<x-flowed>Let me be the first(?) to give kudos for TeXShop 1.1. The addition of 
typsetting to a dvi file and the INCLUSION OF EPS GRAPHICS FILES is 
fantastic. The new installer works very well, although I had some 
initial troubles installing 1.1, I think because I had done something 
wrong with the previous terminal-based installation. I finally just 
deleted everything I could find that had anything to do with teTeX; 
after that I reinstalled and it all worked fine.

The best changes from my few minutes of use: (1) espfig works! The 
preview is gorgeous, much better than the .pict preview that I was 
used to with Textures. Since the preview is a ps2pdf translation, the 
figures scale with the preview size just as well as the text. If you 
use color, it's there. The eps graphics just work great. (2) there is 
a new "clicker" for changing the size of the typeset window preview 
in 10% increments. Much faster than typing in a value.

A few suggestions for the 1.2 version: (1) Add buttons in the preview 
window for "first" and "last" in addition to the existing 
previous/next buttons. (2) Holding down a modifier key (shift?) 
should change the preview magnification in steps of (say) 50% instead 
of the 10% steps. This would give a fast zoom capability, in addition 
to the finer zoom we have now. (3) This one is more complex. The 
previous/next buttons just move you back/forth between the SAME 
POSITION on two consecutive pages. This is almost never what you want 
when you are reading a document. The "next" button should take you to 
the TOP of the next page, while the "previous" button should take you 
back to the bottom of the previous page. In short, the buttons should 
move you around in the same way you READ a document. (Old timers will 
recall that this was quite controversial in the Textures preview 
window, and ultimately resolved by making the preview window into a 
single large linked scrolling page of typeset pages. That's the best 
way to do it, I think, but probably more work.)

Anyway, TeXShop just took a big leap, IMHO, and is looking better all the time.

Chuck Bouldin

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