[OS X TeX] instant previewing

Luis Sequeira lfsequeira at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 21:20:13 CEST 2020

> On 7 Jul 2020, at 20:00, macosx-tex-request at email.esm.psu.edu wrote:
> 1) There was once ?InstantTeX? for the NeXT operating system with not only instant previewing (DVI) but also you could drag an EPS file to the source file
> and code for generating code a displaying it in TeX was provided automatically.
> 2) Then there was iTeXMac in the MacOSX era, now apparently ?dead". That also had ?instant? previewing (unless it is so long ago and I am mistaken?) as one wrote on the source file (display was PDF as it is now)
> 3) Not so important but some might like it: In iTeXMac you could select text and use the normal keyboard shortcut (Apple-b or Apple-i) to insert code for rendering bold or italics.
> Which of these features do mathematicians  consider desirable, I wonder? Why did they disappear? Why did iTeXMac disappear?
> Wish list: When (:-) will TeXShop incorporate previewing-as-you-write?

1) You can drag an image file from the Finder to TeXShop and the appropriate LaTeX code for including the image in your document is inserted. Just try it. It works for jpeg, pdf, png AND eps, at least. 

[There is a slight limitation: the above doesn't work when the file path includes spaces; but you know you should use spaces in path or filenames, right?]

2) "instant previewing" a la TeXtures (from class Mac OS)... I don't think that is available, but honestly I don't miss it. I find it would be distracting. I prefer to write away my code, and Command-T to typeset on demand.

3) Guess how I make text boldface when typing my LaTeX code in TeXShop... yes, Command-B. Works like a charm. There is more than one way to do it. TeXShop has a Macro in the Macros menu called Bold.
My way was to add the keyboard shortcut Command-B for "Bold" in TeXShop, in System Preferences->Keyboard->Shortcuts->App Shortcuts.


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