[OS X TeX] Once more: TeXShop wishlist

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Jun 3 15:53:43 CEST 2005

On Jun 3, 2005, at 7:27 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 3 juin 05 à 12:05, Stephen Moye a écrit :
>> Let me make it clear that I love TeXShop dearly and cannot imagine  
>> civilized life without it. I use it for all of my TeX work, and I  
>> do **everything** in TeX. That said, there are some remaining  
>> niggles that I would like to put forward.
> A couple of other niggles (all regarding the preview window):
> - Make it so that, in multiple page mode, the following/ previous  
> page buttons and shortcuts move really one page up/down, while  
> keeping the position in the page current (like viewing the bottom  
> part of the page), instead of selecting automaticaly the top  
> portion of each page. I've not found any setting in the preferences  
> affecting this in multiple page mode.
> - Similarly, in multiple page mode, not have the top portion of the  
> page selected after each typeset of a document. At present, if I'm  
> viewing a specific position of a page in the preview window, and  
> then press Typeset, after the typeset operation is completed the  
> preview window is automatically repositioned at the top of the  
> page. That shouldn't happen IMO.


I have a feeling that this will take a bit of time to overcome since  
Apple's PDFKit (is that the right one?) is now being used for the  
Preview and those are the default behaviors. Let's hope it becomes  
easy to override them.

> - It may be that my PowerBook is too slow for Tiger, but when the  
> preview window is updated following a typeset, I can see in some  
> circumstances the page to be (i) first positioned flushright in the  
> window (i.e. with the right border of the page at the right edge of  
> the window) and (ii) then displaced laterally to match the  
> previously selected lateral positioning.

I'd guess this is because PDFKit tries to display the page but not  
all the fonts are loaded yet. Are you using microtype or XeTeX? In  
those cases I've had to wait several seconds before ANYTHING is  
displayed on my old 550MHz Powerbook.

> I also hope that, at some point, either through some sort of bundle  
> mechanism or in another way, some GUI settings will become document- 
> specific, like: size and screen position of the editing and preview  
> window, font and size in the editing window, magnification, layout  
> (single/multiple/double) and positioning in the preview window,  
> printer and page setup (portrait/landscape) for that printer, etc.  
> And possibly the engine, etc.
> Bruno Voisin

One more thing...

I've noted before that the OgreKit Find Panel now correctly selects  
the Find text when called up (e.g., via Cmd-F) but tabbing to the  
Replace text still DOESN'T select that text and, I believe it should.

I think I'm getting to the point where I've customized so many things  
in TeXShop that what is default and what is ``mine'' is getting very  
blurred! I really find TeXShop indispensable.

One final note. Have you noticed that in Tiger selecting a word with  
a double click (other means don't seem to work for me - bug?) and  
typing Ctl-Cmd-D brings up an Oxford Dictionary definition? Very  
neat! I've moved my shortcut for the ``Find Previous Tab'' macro  
(used to find bullet ``tabs'' in my completion list) to Ctl-Cmd-G to  
stop interference with that nice feature.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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