[OS X TeX] New TeX i-Package in the *EXPERIMENTAL* i-Directory

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Thu Sep 8 01:09:08 CEST 2005

As we are closing in on the TL2005 release and as I am working on 
improving the package, I would really like to see some heavy testing of 
the just now released i-Package for TeX. Some special important issues:

- TL2005 should be tested mainly, but TL2004 and TL2003 (ppc only) are 
available as well. TL2005 is based on TL as of Sep 7 (very recent). 
This is release candidate material with pdfTeX 1.30.

- This package's binaries have been entirely created on OS X 10.4. I 
would like to know if these work on OS X 10.2 and OS X 10.3 (10.3 
tested locally and that seems OK). I *really* would like 10.2 reports.

- Important: The altpdftex scripts have been deprecated and made 
non-functional. This change was announced to the frontend maintainers 
last year (so it should have been incorporated since). Instead of

	altpdflatex foo

you now say

	simpdftex latex foo

or (.e.g.)

	simpdftex latex --maxpfb foo

(format first, switches after) you might need to change that in your 
preferences yourself. The reason for this is flexibility and less 

As much has changed, the download is stiff. The complete package now is 
around 200MB (3 releases, 2 of which for 2 architectures). Luckily, if 
you select a basic install, the download is roughly stil the same as it 
was. A full install, installs both i686 and powerpc binaries so you can 
easily sync/share/copy your TeX. This is slighly larger han it was. 
Fattening the i-Package gets you the entire 200MB.


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