[texworks] About the native PDF viewer (feature request and a question)

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Mon May 2 23:55:24 CEST 2011

On 3 May 2011 02:01, Edoardo Vacchi <uncommonnonsense at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Edoardo,
> Hi Paul
>> .. Then going in the other direction, are you looking for information
>> on a command line switch for what happens when you doubleclick in
>> SumatraPDF?
> there is a synctex-enabled build of sumatra available here
> http://william.famille-blum.org/software/sumatra/index.html
> the command line for the tex editor can either be set via
> switch or via an option in Sumatra's config dialog.
>> Can we make TeXworks monitor a  port we could safely address in  a
>> running copy of TeXworks - would be ideal and have a certain list of
>> accepted registered commands like open this .tex document (if not
>> already open) at this line number, and bring the appropriate editor
>> window into focus? Perhaps also a 'port' command in the acceptable
>> list that says insert this text at cursor position/line number?
> many applications (such as texniccenter or texmaker) accomplish this
> by allowing only one instance and looking at command line switches

Yes that is the straightforward solution here, I was starting to think
further ahead.

>> Or Edoardo, are you just looking for a means to yourself in C++ more
>> directly integrate Sumatra into TeXworks itself (replacing poppler)?
> As you are saying yourself, Sumatra is Windows-specific, so no. I'd
> rather use an external editor or have poppler refined in its 'rough
> edges'

There may be some things that this (or any) project may not be able to
easily actually change about poppler, and some things that would be

May be if you can spot features  that you want poppler  in TeXworks to
achieve, already operating well in another C++ OpenSource project, and
make recommendations to the developers here, based on those, so that
the research is substantially done already for them?


> --
> e.v.

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