[OS X TeX] A Wintel mate to TeXShop

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Fri Sep 23 18:06:01 CEST 2005

Thank you very much for an extremely helpful response.
Before I get more specific, though,
A. I think that an issue is going to be that my source includes a lot of 
pdf graphics.
B. I assume going back and forth from Mac to wintel means kissing 
goodbye to syncing on the wintel, which I think I can live with given 
that what I plan to do on the wintel will be, say, to expand a section, 
but should I expect any problem beyond that?
C. All I need really, is that
1. the file opens in wintel, whatever the look as, there, to quote from 
Barkow's response, "a big portion of the work [will be] spent with 
creating the content". For instance, the included graphics need not even 
appear since I edit graphics in Intaglio and the cmss font can look any 
way it wants as long as the text itself shows.
2. the file not lose any of its original formatting when it comes back 
to the Mac, for instance the included graphics should appear and so 
should the new text since, if push comes to shove, I can format the cmss 
font when back home on the Mac.

Aditya Dushyant Trivedi wrote:

>1) A free alternative of MiKTeX + TeXniCenter should be fine. Install MiKTeX first. TeXnicCenter will detect it automatically and create the necessart settings.
Aside from the fact that WinEDT is shareware and TeXnicCenter is free, 
which would you recommend?

>2) Syncing on Windows is for LaTeX + DVI instead of LaTeX + PDF. You might prefer using .dvi output while creating documents since you can go back and forth between output and your latex file.
Here in particular, what with my included pdf graphics?

>3) Your preamble contains \usepackage{pdfsync}. This for obvious reasons not for Windows. You have two options: 
>    i) Comment it out when working on windows. 
>   ii) Create an empty package called pdfsync on windows so that LaTeX does not complain and you dont forget uncommenting it when copying it over on Mac.
The later is clearly the better option.

>4) If you have any personally created packages, bib files, they go in different places on Windows. Instead of ~/texmf/..., you need to place them under 
>C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\ and its subfolders for LaTeX stuff
>C:\localtexmf\bibtex\ and its subfolders for BibTeX stuff
>Here's the kicker. If you do these you will need to refresh the MiKTeX database (under MiKTeX options) for it to find these files. This is of course if you need to keep just one copy in a central repository. If its just for one document, you can keep them in the same folder as your LaTeX file.
I don't but I have a style sheet for a journal. However, I don't really 
need it as it is used only when I send in the chapter being serialized.

>5) The pdftex distributed under gwTeX and MiKTeX are not in sync. At times you will be running your files through different versions. I dont think that should be a problem since it is very stable. Just to note in case you find that the output looks a bit different on the two OSes. 
I don't think it will be a problem either since all I will be doing on 
the wintel is, say, to write or rewrite a specific section.

>Same goes for different packages. At times the distribution may have different versions of different packages.
>6) Set your text encoding to Windows Latin or ISO Latin 1 instead of Mac Roman.
TeXShop gives me ISO Latin 1. But speaking of fonts, what will this do to


Again, thanks very much for a very detailed response which gives me the 
courage to, to quote Sequeira, "Try it out and see if it works."

Grateful regards

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