[OS X TeX] First post to the list

jkock jkock at start.no
Fri Aug 18 02:46:11 CEST 2006

Nick Black wrote:

> Out of interest, do most of you use a standard text editor (emacs,
> vim) or do you use a suite like Texshop?  I'm using bibdesk to manage
> references at the moment.  Is there anything better?

Since emacs/AUCTeX, BBEdit, and TextMate have already been mentioned
perhaps I should mention AlphaX: it integrates seemlessly with a standard
tetex installation and with any dvi or pdf viewer, including TeXShop and
TeXniscope.  It has all standard tex editor features, and also some unique
ones like inferring format and root file by scanning nearby log files,
fancy error browsing (also based on log-file scanning), auto next action,
typeset selection, etc.

Its bibtex support is so extensive that I have never felt the need for
Bibdesk: I never have to read my .bib files because the \cite completion
just works smoothly, and I can browse the .bib files in an Addressbook-like
interface, and I hardly ever have to write manually in .bib files, because
I have set it up to query and import from online databases like MathSciNet
and ArXiv.  (According to the manual there is also support for Hollis, ISI,
FirstSearch, Refer, and INSPEC conversions, but I confess I have never used
any of these formats...)  (Still, of course, Bibdesk can do much more.)


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