[OS X TeX] is terminal sufficient?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Jun 28 17:47:25 CEST 2005

Le 28 juin 05 à 17:25, Aaron Jackson a écrit :

> TeX, like every other ancient UNIX program, was designed to use the  
> terminal because GUI's didn't exist.  The only thing that TexShop  
> provides is a nice easy non-UNIX way to edit documents.  I suppose  
> a purest would consider that lazy...

In Tiger, it provides also a new synchronization method (between .tex  
source file and .pdf output) based on Tiger's PDF search  
functionality, instead of the standard method based on inserting  
specials in the output. Not as precise as Textures synchronicity  
(generally to the character), but more precise that the standard  
methods (to the paragraph).

It also offers a way to copy arbitrary parts of any page of the PDF  
output, in PDF or JPEG, PNG, etc. format, for pasting this part in  
GUI applications. For example for pasting formulas in a PowerPoint or  
Keynote document.

There are also a LaTeX palette (for inserting characters or  
environments) and a matrix palette (for creating tables or matrices).

There are most probably other enhancements, which I just don't  
remember right now.

For more elaborate functionality and workflow control (setting up  
projects, and -- I'm not sure -- using CVS, and much more) there is  

You might also prefer:

- Alpha, a shareware emacs-like (but based on Tcl) editor with  
elaborate LaTeX functionality. You can operate most -- or maybe all  
-- of gwTex from within it.

- The various OS X ports of Emacs, which generally include AUCTeX and  
sometimes more. It's difficult to say more not being an Emacs user  
myself, but there's:

     Enhanced Carbon Emacs <http://www.inf.unibz.it/~franconi/mac- 
emacs/> (no longer developed, but widely used)
     Carbon Emacs <http://home.att.ne.jp/alpha/z123/emacs-mac-e.html>
     Yet Another Carbon Emacs Distribution <http:// 
     AquaMacs <http://aquamacs.org/>
     Emacs on Aqua <http://emacs-on-aqua.sourceforge.net/>


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