[OS X TeX] TeXShop + external editor of choice?

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 22 16:35:43 CET 2005

On 22 feb 2005, at 15:45, Johan Glimming wrote:

> Is then (Carbon) emacs the best option for TeXShop, and indeed is 
> TeXShop the best option at all?

I think with Carbon Emacs you want it to drive TeX, Make or whatever 
directly, and not use TeXShop at all.
After all, emacs is almost an OS, so it can do that. Others are in a 
better position to comment on that though.
If you are already comfortable with emacs, I'd stick to that, altough 
there are some tricks to enable quite a bit
of those keybindings in other Cocoa based editors (like TeXShop or 
iTeXMac, but not BBEdit or TextWrangler,
although many emacs commands are available there as well, just check 
the preferences):

> What extras do you have for your BBEdit, e.g. what TeX extensions? 
> What setup are you using more precisely (if you are not using TeXShop, 
> what then?)

I have a set of applescripts in combination with a shell script to call 
TeX from BBEdit in the terminal and
switch to a pdf viewer. With some  minor customisation of the shell 
script (some constants near the top of the file),
they can be used from TextWrangler as well. Since everything runs 
inside the terminal application,
things are much easier to debug. (Note: I just uploaded a new version, 
with TextWrangler scripts included, and
very easy support to call any variant of tex).

> Finally, I have requesed the maintainer of fink to include 
> carbon-emacs build as well, and he promised to do that I think, but 
> nothing yet. So where can I get the best and most recent build of 
> carbon emacs to use with TeXShop in the meantime?

I think you should follow the link on the Mac TeX website, but others 
may have a better suggestion.


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