[OS X Emacs] getting skim to work as default viewer

Christopher Menzel cmenzel at tamu.edu
Fri Oct 22 15:04:12 EDT 2010

On Jun 28, 2010, at 4:21 PM, David Reitter wrote:
> On Jun 28, 2010, at 9:50 AM, Art Werschulz wrote:
>> Using Aquamacs 2.0 with (builtin) AUCTeX ... My default previewer for PDF files is "Preview", rather than "Skim".  I would like to use "Skim" as my default previewer.
> You can either do that in Finder - select a PDF file, Command-I, and so on.
> Or you customize it in Aquamacs directly.  The way to do that has changed in the new version of AUCTeX that we are including.  Nathaniel has described the configuration variable that is to be changed in the Aquamacs change log, which comes with Aquamacs 2.0.    (He has also commented on the mailing list in detail.)
> Changing it to always use Skim and not just use Skim when it's running is very easy.  

Well, then I must not be terribly bright or we understand different things by "very easy". :-)  I have gone through this thread and I think I've found the instructions in question from Konrad (not Nathaniel, as a follow-up pointed out) here:


Am I to understand that I need to go in and make those changes to tex.el?  And then select the "Skim" option for "output pdf" under "Tex View Program Selection"?  I have tried doing the latter only, and now Ctrl-c Ctrl-c brings up the View command '(aquamacs-call-viewer 27 "worlds.tex")' -- needless to say, it doesn't do anything.  So apparently I do need to make the changes in question to tex.el, but somehow it seems to me that things should indeed be easier.

I've been using Aquamacs 1.9 and MacTeX 2009 but just upgraded to Aquamacs 2.1 and MacTeX 2010, which led to my current difficulties.

Chris Menzel

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