[OS X TeX] Equation Service

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Mar 21 14:45:04 EST 2002

Chip Brock said:
>This is cool...the way to make it way-cool would be if it could somehow
>drag and drop, great; copy and paste, good too - communicate with
>powerpoint. One of the big problems in giving scientific talks using
>powerpoint is equation presentation. Most of us treat this like with
>resolution postcript graphics/plots: make a pdf and use the Acrobat
>selection tool to copy and then paste into powerpoint. The pdf
rendering is
>preserved. If Equation Service could somehow be used that way, then one

>could eliminate many steps! Right now, I don't seem to be able to make
>work with powerpoint out of Office X...

You're blaming the wrong end of the software chain.

/rant begin

The problem isn't with this Service, nor Gerben Wierda's, but with
Microsoft, the people who programmed PowerPoint and didn't trouble to
make it comply with standard Mac OS X concepts like Services.

Moreover, if the problem were in Equation Service, the source is to be
provided, so one could fix it oneself (or hire someone to fix it). Why
don't you ask Microsoft for the source to PowerPoint so you can fix it?

/rant end

The equivalent Service (TeX eq -> eps) in NeXTstep, provided by NeXT's
TeXView.app works with almost every application on my system (hold-outs
include Adobe Illustrator and Stone Design's Create).

There's probably never going to be a system as elegant, consistent and
full-featured ever again which is reprehensible.


William Adams, publishing specialist
ATLIS Graphics & Design / 717-731-6707 voice / 717-731-6708 fax
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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