[OS X TeX] yet more TeXShop slowness

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 4 23:30:20 EST 2002

On Monday, November 4, 2002, at 02:28  PM, tom keyes wrote:

> Hi all,
> the slow syntax coloring has never bothered me. however until today i 
> had
> slow coloring but normal text editing. today for the first time text
> editing became amazingly slow - a burst of typing could take 10-15 
> seconds
> to appear. so i turned off syntax coloring and text editing was back to
> normal. the slow coloring and slow editing are related, then - does the
> program check for coloring after every keystroke? i wonder why text 
> editing
> was normal for so long? it's not a case of a document getting longer
> because i'm just editing a document without changing its size much.
> sorry if this has already been discussed.
> TIA for any suggestions.
> tom

TeXShop typing has been agonizingly slow for me with syntax coloring 
turned on ever since I upgraded to Jaguar. For the last couple of weeks 
I've been using the open source (programmer's) text editor called 
JEdit, and I've been very happy with it. It does a beautiful job of 
color syntaxing LaTeX. Even though JEdit is an application written in 
Java, it's a double-clickable application, and is very responsive on my 
PowerBook G4 (550 MHz). I can hardly tell the difference between it and 
a native application. It has a configurable tool bar, split windows, 
font smoothing, recordable macros, and other nice stuff. The default 
colors used for syntaxing were lousy though, and I've changed most of 
them, and the font was also set to bold for many of the colors, which 
looked ugly, but changing everything to normal text cleared that up. I 
used the built in plug-in manager to download plugins, several of which 
give different styles of tabbed buffers. There's also a plugin called 
XInsert that opens in a separate window and contains a large amount of 
LaTeX syntax listed in a tree stucture -- clicking on an item inserts 
it into your text. If anyone is interested, there's more to say about 
this editor.

Disclaimer: I'm in no way connected to the group that's produced JEdit.


Richard Séguin

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