[OS X TeX] Contents of MacTeXtras

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun May 4 21:22:07 CEST 2014

On May 4, 2014, at 2:01 PM, Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk> wrote:

> On 02/05/2014 15:45, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> TeXStudio is an up and coming front end originally based on TeXmaker. There have been some comments on the list from users of this application. It will run under OS X 10.6 and later and it's dmg file is ~44MB in size. Is it worth adding this to MacTeXtras?
>> There presently are four versions of TeXmaker supplied in MacTeXtras: an older version, 1.9.9, for OS X 10.5 (PPC) and three copies of the latest version for OS X 10.5 (Intel), OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7 and later. Should the (PPC) or both the (PPC) and (Intel) versions for OS X 10.5 be removed to add space for either or both of TeXworks and TeXStudio? The (PPC) version is about ~17MB in size while the (Intel) version is ~43MB. Links to the web site for obtaining these would remain but this would also violate the fullest support for OS X 10.5.
> Others have made the case for retaining 10.5 support, although I wonder
> if this is covered by TeXShop (presumably still in the core of MacTeX).
> I do wonder about versions here: from what you say, 10.5 users are not
> getting the latest version of Texmaker.
> As you say, TeXstudio is originally a fork of Texmaker, though the two
> have diverged somewhat. Assuming Texmaker is needed for the PPC/10.5
> support, is adding TeXstudio as well sensible?
> -- 
> Joseph Wright


The TeXmaker folks stopped making a PPC compatible version after version 1.9.9 came out. They continue to make the latest version as a 32bit Intel version for 10.5, a 64bit Intel version for 10.6 and a 64bit Intel version for 10.7 and later. I really don't like the idea of carrying four versions in MacTeXtras but, at this time, we do want to support 10.5 as best we can.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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