[texworks] Call for Help: Testing

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 10:43:36 CET 2021

Hi Phil,

thanks for testing and sharing your ideas!

On 19.02.21 17:49, Philip Taylor wrote:
> Stefan Löffler wrote:
>> Dear TeXworks users,
>> a new minor release (0.6.6) is around the corner, which will hopefully
>> make it into TeXLive 2021. To get ready for that, I ask you to test the
>> latest version of TeXworks. It is available at the following (new!)
>> locations:
>> Windows: https://texworks.jfrog.io/artifactory/windows-latest/
> I /assumed/ that the version offered for testing was
> https://texworks.jfrog.io/artifactory/windows-latest/0.7.0/TeXworks-win-0.7.0-202102181702-git_caae11d.zip,
> but I would be grateful for clarification of this.

That looks correct.

>   Now installed, and will use it as my production TeXworks unless
> something breaks, but I wonder if I might repeat some previous
> requests and a previous bug report :

Absolutely. Please note, though, that at this stage I will likely not
add any new features (especially none that come with changes to the user
interface, which will then need translations, etc.).

>   * [Bug] Attempting to save a new file as "Bundler.cover" with "Save
>     file as" set to "All files (*)" results in the file being saved as
>     "Bundler.cover.tex"; there appears no way to save it as
>     "Bundler.cover" as desired.

Interesting. This works for me as expected on Linux. I'll have to look
into it on Windows.

>   * [Requested features] Support for draggable rulers

As a feature request, this is not likely to happen before this release.
That being said, what do you mean by "draggable"? (I assume you mean
rulers in the PDF preview?)

>   * Support for Ctrl +, Ctrl - & Ctrl 0 (zoom in, zoom out, fit to
>     screen).  For that matter, Ctrl 1 (actual size) would also be useful.

I have all those (and more). Again, might be an OS thing (or possibly a
translation thing), but those functions are in the PDF View menu and
have the precise shortcuts you mention (except "fit to screen", which
probably translate to "fit to window", which for me is Ctrl 3)

>   * The ability to open multiple source files in separate tabs of a
>     single window

This has been on my wishlist for a long time, but unfortunately requires
some more internal restructuring first (which is on the way, not not yet

>   * Add an "Open-as" option, within which the encoding can be specified.

This could be nice. My preferred method would be to auto-detect the
encoding if possible, however.
Until that's done, you can open the document, select the desired
encoding in the status bar and then hit "reload using selected
encoding". I know it's a bit cumbersome (especially if you need to use
it a lot), but it should work.
BTW: There is also a "magic comment" to define the encoding

>   * Could TeXworks be enhanced to (a) recognise, and (b) insert if
>     absent, a BOM in UTF-8 files ?

It should be recognized, and you can toggle the insertion from the
status bar (clicking on the encoding should open a menu which has an
entry "write utf-8 byte order mark").
>   * Would it be possible to augment TeXworks such that, no matter in
>     which window Ctrl-F/R is typed, it is interpreted in the context
>     of the source window rather than the preview window ?  As this
>     would be a change to current behaviour, it would have to be
>     specified by a user preference or similar.  And for the rare
>     occasion where one /does /want to search (but not replace !) in
>     the preview window, perhaps this functionality could be exposed by
>     Ctrl+Shft+F or similar.

Hm, interesting idea, but I'd have to think about it.

>   * And/or — amend TeXworks to /not/ steal focus from the text-mode
>     window when the PDF is displayed.  A frequent usage scenario is
>     that one is performing a series of search-and-replace experiments
>     in the text-mode window while observing the effect in the PDF
>     window, and with the current behaviour the next search is
>     invariably a "Search PDF" rather than a "Search text" as desired.

You can (sort of) do that already. In the preferences under Typesetting,
select your tool, click "Edit..." and untick "View PDF after running".
The first time you tex a new document, you'd have to open it manually
(e.g. via "Window > Go to preview". Any other time you open the tex, the
pdf should still be opened automatically, and TeXworks would not "steal"
your focus.

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