[OS X TeX] TeXShop typesetting and macro questions

Chris Goedde cgoedde at condor.depaul.edu
Tue Oct 3 19:00:07 CEST 2006

On Oct 3, 2006, at 10:55 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> The simple default commands like latex or pdflatex are just built- 
> in into TeXShop and are being executed by creating a sub-process in  
> which the programme (command) runs. (The same could be done for  
> xetex/xelatex, too). Anything that deviates from these standard  
> items can be solved by using an engine – and you can "bind" a  
> source file to a particular engine or standard TeX command. I put  
> these two things together since they are basically the same, a sub- 
> process in which something UNIXy runs. And simpdftex, too, falls  
> into this category.

OK, so maybe I can do what I need to do via an engine. So now I have  
another question. Can I tell TeXShop which engine to use via an  
applescript macro? If I've defined MyEngine.engine (so that MyEngine  
shows up in TeXShop), can I tell TeXShop to use this engine via an  
applescript macro?

Here's the effect I'm trying to achieve. Let's say I'm editing  
foo.tex. I want to be able to have a keyboard shortcut (let's say cmd- 
shft-t) that gets TeXShop to tex foo.tex via MyEngine.engine rather  
than the currently selected engine. This engine actually executes  
"pdflatex -jobname foo-draft.tex foo.tex", which has the effect of  
creating "foo-draft.pdf" rather than "foo.pdf" (among other things).  
I then want TeXShop to preview foo-draft.pdf rather than foo.pdf.

I think I can do all that via an applescript + my own engine,  
assuming I can select an engine via an applescript, but maybe there's  
another way or an easier way? Any pointers or suggestions greatly  


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