[OS X TeX] "Texify"?

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Fri Sep 30 18:00:39 CEST 2005

On Sep 30, 2005, at 11:47 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Sep 30, 2005, at 2:38 AM, Joachim Kock wrote:
>>> Is there a command on TeXShop which automatically executes the
>>> sequence: latex + bibtex + latex + latex?
>> Alpha offers some alternative approaches:
>> One is to turn AutoNextAction on (in the tetexComm prefs pane).  Then
>> automatically the exact required sequence of tex runs and bibtex  
>> runs will
>> be executed (not just some fixed sequence long enough to cover  
>> most cases).
>> This works by scanning the log file (this takes less than 0.1  
>> second):
>> certainly this file contains the exact instructions on what needs  
>> to be
>> done next, e.g. labels-may-have-changed --> run-tex-again or
>> Citation-foo-undefined --> run-bibtex.
>> If AutoNextAction is turned off, this does not happen  
>> automatically, but
>> still the log scanning takes place, and it will automatically bind  
>> the
>> space key to NextAction, so that you can just sit and press the  
>> space bar
>> without having to think.  (After an error-free tex run, NextAction  
>> is of
>> course View.)
>> Finally, during a tex run you can always press 't' or 'b' to  
>> enforce a
>> repeated tex run or a bibtex run.  (This feature was copied from  
>> OzTeX.)
>> Cheers,
>> Joachim
> Now that's NICE! I just can't get through the documentation to find  
> this sort of thing. I guess I need (1)a general introduction to  
> Alpha's conceptual vision of a document and document handling, (2) 
> the list and logical organization of the command/keyboard use, (3) 
> the seemingly wonderful (La)TeX support and (1) and (2)  
> specifically for that support and finally (4)a reasonable list of  
> ways to customize the behavior and ``look'' of Alpha. I know I used  
> Emacs and other Emacs clones for a long time, a very long time ago,  
> but the Mac has spoiled me.

This is the way I have always felt about Alpha. It looks amazing and  
it tempts me with really cool features when I am able to discover  
them, but I have never found the time to get through the documentation.

-- Gary

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