[Mac OS X TeX] How many TeX's for OSX are there now ?

Holger Frauenrath mail at frauenrath.com
Sun Feb 10 01:02:18 CET 2002

On Saturday, February 9, 2002, at 05:04  AM, Michael Murray wrote:

> Every day seems to bring a new version of TeX for OS X so I was
> wondering how many there are:

Thanks a lot! A very useful compilation. It is definitely nice that we 
have got the choice between so many *different* tools, because everybody 
has got a different approach to working with TeX/LaTeX and different 

But while we are at it, I actually wonder what the deal with 
TeXShop/iTeXMac is. What I mean is, their approach is actually pretty 
similar. And people have pointed out that iTeXMac was considered the 
TeXShop 2.0 beta. Now, I cannot (and do not want to) judge whether there 
are software related or maybe personal problems which are in the way of 
merging those two again.

 From the viewpoint of a (occasional) TeX user who has played with both of 
them a little bit, I want to state the following: when I switched to MacOS 
X, and first used TeXShop, I got really excited. For me this was really 
what all that hype of the new operating system was about. Finally, there 
were new tools, which were simple, and beautiful and a pleasure to use. 
And if it had been iMacTeX, I think I would have thought the same. They 
both have some features I like (and still have both some problems that 
need to be ironed out). To cut a long story short: I would actually like 
to see a "Super-TeX-Tool" (for me, at least) which combines the somewhat 
complementary features of both of them!


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