[OS X TeX] Speed of TeX on OSX

Will Robertson will at mecheng.adelaide.edu.au
Mon Jun 7 02:52:04 CEST 2004

On 7 Jun 2004, at 6:19 AM, Thomas A. Schmitz wrote:
> Does anyone have an explanation for this difference in speed?

If you're viewing PDF files in Mac OS X (ie using TeXShop or iTeXMac) 
and DVI files (using xdvi or equivalent) in Linux, there's your 

DVI files can be displayed before they're finished compiling (one the 
first page has been fully typeset it can be displayed, etc), but the 
PDFs produced by pdfTeX must be fully compiled before they're 

It would be a wonderful thing if this difference was fixed in the 
future---pdfTeX is updated on occasion but I doubt producing linearised 
PDF is a trivial task.


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