[OS X TeX] for i: code editor for the iPad (have any of you tried this?)

Gary L. Gray glgray at me.com
Tue Apr 13 22:18:13 CEST 2010

On Apr 13, 2010, at 2:48 PM, Brad Miller wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Gary L. Gray <gray at engr.psu.edu> wrote:
>> On Apr 8, 2010, at 1:48 AM, Ramón Figueroa-Centeno wrote:
>>> Have any of you tried "for i" <http://www.exebeche.com/fori/>.
>>> It claims it does syntax coloring for LaTeX.
>>> I am interested in knowing how it works before buying it.
>> It does look interesting. I am hoping that BBEdit for the iPad will appear soon, but as is their usual modus operandi, they aren't saying a thing about it.
>> If I had my iPad (I ordered the 3G version), I would buy it and try it, but I still have no word as to when it is going to appear. Heck, "for i" is only 2 lattes at Starbucks, drop a sawbuck, give it a try, and let us know what you think. :-)
> I did download version 1.0.1 just now, and it does indeed to LaTeX
> syntax highlighting.
> You can transfer files back and forth with your desktop using a little
> web interface.  Its pretty basic but it works fine.
> I'm assuming it will work with my wireless keyboard, when I get it,
> but for now editing LaTeX would be a real pain as the \ key is on the
> 3rd alternate keyboard :-(
> Changing font size is really clunky as you need to modify the theme.
> Maybe 12 point font is OK for most people on the iPad but not for my
> eyes.  Changing the font is also goofy as the font list is not in any
> discernable order.  These are minor annoyances that I'm sure the devs
> can fix pretty quickly.
> Now all we need to do is develop a previewer and get TeXLive running
> on the iPad.  :-)

Thank you for the report. I am still waiting on my iPad and will give this app a try when it arrives.

-- Gary

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