[texhax] differences between Textures and MacTeX (was Re: (no subject))

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon May 22 13:21:34 CEST 2006

On May 19, 2006, at 1:03 PM, <b.moses at rcn.com> <b.moses at rcn.com> wrote:

> Do the downloads available from TUG satisfy the
> Tiger  system for Latex 2e as a complete subtitute for the bluesky  
> latex?

Karl answered the general aspects of your query, so I'll make a  
couple of comments on specifics. Differences w/ Textures and Unix- 
based TeXs include:

  - Textures in PostScript mode can handle a .eps file w/ a graphic  
preview --- not a big problem though since most people switch to  
using pdftex and compile all such files to .pdf files to place them.  
Even when using Post(Ghost)Script mode though the file will be  
distilled to a .pdf for on-screen display, so you'll get the full- 
resolution graphic, not the low-resolution bitmap preview like  
Textures provided.

  - Textures has its own specialized font setups --- if you've taken  
advantage of them you'll either need to re-install your fonts using  
conventional techniques (for LaTeX, see the Lehman's _Type 1 Font  
Installation Guide_) or make use of XeTeX (http://scripts.sil.org/ 
xetex) which uses native fonts

  - similary, if you're using Mac OS LWFN outline / screen font pairs  
for say MathTime Professional you'll need to get these converted to  
PC/Unix-style fonts or up-grade and then set them up in your font  
setup for LaTeX.

  - TeXshop (and AFAIK other Mac OS X front-ends) lacks the graphical  
interface for choosing specific engines which Textures had --- not so  
much of an issue w/ todays faster machines, but possibly a slight  


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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