[OS X TeX] Alpha-TeXShop communication: solved

Samuel Lelievre samuel.lelievre at univ-rennes1.fr
Wed Jun 14 17:06:57 CEST 2006

The Alpha-TeXShop communication problem I mentioned earlier
on this list (in the "TeXShop 2.10-beta" thread) is solved,
here are the details for anyone interested and for the sake
of having the topic complete in the list archive.

The observation was that when latexing mydoc.tex with Alpha
(I love Alpha's TeX interface), with mydoc.pdf displayed in
TeXShop, the preview did not update.
I observed this with AlphaX 8.0.2 and TeXShop 2.10-beta but
things were working fine with 8.0.1 and 2.09d.

It turns out there were two problems.
- Changing TeXShop to 2.10-beta, the AutoPreviewUpdate pref
got unchecked.
- Things should have worked even with AutoPreviewUpdate off
because Alpha sends an explicit refresh command to TeXShop,
but it turned out that Applescript commands were ignored by
the new TeXShop 2.10-beta.

Both problems are solved with TeXShop 2.10-beta2: upgrading
now keeps the pref checked, and the new beta now takes into
account the refresh command Alpha sends it, so that preview
update happens whether AutoPreviewUpdate is on or off, when
Alpha sends a modified mydoc.pdf.

AlphaX 8.0.2 and its excellent TeX interface work perfectly
just as they did in 8.0.1.

Thanks to Richard Koch for a quick release of TeXShop-beta2
and many thanks to him and Joachim Kock for off-line emails
which helped determine what was going wrong.

Happy TeXing to all!

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