[OS X TeX] using Latexit

Charles Chapman Pugh pugh at math.berkeley.edu
Thu Aug 25 15:21:34 CEST 2005


Thanks for the many suggestions about using Latexit.

1.  Here is a way to make a label with an opaque white background  
whose border is not too large.  Add


to the preamble.  Then an expression like


produces a good result.

2.  *But* I have not been able to resolve the drag and drop issue,  
Since a typical diagram has several labels, it is inefficient to have  
all of them saved as separate files.  Is there some basic procedure  
I'm missing?  I assumed that you have both Latexit and Illustrator  
open, you go to the Latexit pane with the formula displayed, you grab  
it with the pointer and mouse, and slide it to the Illustrator  
artboard, and let go the mouse.  Right?

Illustrator 10.0.3 offers no "import pdf option" in its file menu,  
but it does offer "place". The placed object is a previously saved  
file from Latexit is linked back from Illustrator.  That would be  
fine except that there would have to be so many files.  Illustrator  
will only place one file at a time, and the objects in the Latexit  
file are all grouped as one, so there does not seem to be a way to  
get several of them on the artboard as independent objects generated  
by one Latexit file.  Is there?

3.  Another issue. When a Latexit file is modified, there seems to be  
no direct way to save its new version.  One is asked to save the  
modified file as a new document, and then if the same name is used,  
one is asked to overwrite the old one.  Why not just a "save" in the  
file menu, and the new replaces the old?

Best,  Charles Pugh

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