[OS X TeX] Re: A Textures Query

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Sep 16 22:18:56 CEST 2005

Le 16 sept. 05 à 11:15, Stephen Moye a écrit :

> Mind you, the way I read the original post, the graphics were  
> embedded in the Textures document, meaning, I presume, that the  
> original graphics were no longer available. Is this true? If so,  
> then about the only thing you can do is to print the Textures file  
> to a PostScript file and produce a PDF from that. Is the Textures  
> Scrapbook being used? Certainly it would be better to start with  
> the original illustrations and work with those if this is possible.  
> Then again, what is actually stored in the Textures file resource  
> fork: the contents of the graphic itself, and/or a screen/pict  
> preview? If only the latter then there are problems...

Graphics were embedded in a Textures document as PICT resources.  
Textures had the ability to import external EPS and PICT files (it  
had specific \special's for this, similar -- in functionality, not  
syntax -- to the OzTeX \special's), but most hardcore Mac users  
preferred to work the way Textures was originally designed to work:  
use the clipboard to paste pictures in the Textures picture window,  
one such window per document, and then call these pictures in the TeX  
input using a dedicated \special.

Aside: each Textures document was "made of" several windows: an Input  
window containing the equivalent of the .tex file (stored in the data  
fork of the Textures file); a Typeset window containing the  
equivalent of the .dvi file (stored as a collection of *DVI resources  
-- one per page -- in the Textures file); and a Pictures window  
containing the pasted pictures (the pictures were stored as a  
collection of PICT resources -- one per picture -- in the Textures  

This way of functioning was clearly designed at the time of Mac OS 6  
or before, when pictures were mostly bitmaps, with no colour, of  
small size, and when interoperability between different platforms was  
not considered.

For an example, see <http://homepage.mac.com/bvoisin/.Public/Picture- 
example.png> (with also a bit of nostalgia about the 1986 Finder).

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