# [Mac OS X TeX] Hack release: TEX -> PDF Service

Gerben Wierda sherlock at rna.nl
Sat Dec 15 20:11:26 EST 2001


Sorry about the breaking of netiquette here with the inclusion of
images. I hope I'm forgiven....

On Thursday, December 6, 2001, at 06:18 , William Adams wrote:

>>> What one wants is for TeXShop.app to provide a Service, TeX eq ->
>>> EPDF'', so that one could then, within OmniGraffle, type  the desired
>>> equation (say \magstep2$1+1=2$), select it, choose the Service and
>>> then
>>> get in situ the epdf''---that's how it works in NeXTstep, and I
>>> can't
>>> think of a more efficient fashion to get this sort of thing done....

This seemed like such a nice thing to do that I did it as a small
experiment.

The use of it seems limited though to environments where in the same
object text and pdf make sense. OmniGraflle is not such a thing. Nor is
Create. See the README that accompanies this hack.

But: in this Mail.app compose window (or any rich text object), this
works. I type $2\over3^x$, select it and call the service (Cmd-\), and
hopla:

[image removed because the mailing list blocks them]

Or when I type: \TeX\ is a wonderful app --- really, I get

[ditto]

Don't expect your LATeX commands to work, it is ConTeXt (which was
before you contact me (or before you comment on the list thus also
contacting me). I am *considering* a more powerful Service, where you
can type
foo:string
where foo instructs the service how to typeset the string (ConTeXt,
LATeX, whatever you setup yourself as this should be configurable).

Now where to find it:

ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/comp/macosx/tex-gs/TeXServices.dmg.gz

Have fun,

G

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