[OS X TeX] TeXShop/teTeX speed using TeX+ghostscript

Warren Nagourney warren at dirac.phys.washington.edu
Mon Sep 23 20:14:05 EDT 2002


I recently wrote my first proposal (to the NSF) using TeXshop/teTeX; I   
formerly used TeXtures. First, I hope this doesn't come off as a whine:  
I really like TeXShop and in many ways prefer it to TeXtures. The  
problem is the large speed difference (up to 10x)  between this package  
and TeXtures and I wonder whether there is anything I can do to improve  

My proposal was 15 pages long and had no equations (I'm an  
experimentalist) but contained 8 figures in .eps format. I realize that  
pdflatex would be faster, but I often need to share LaTeX source with  
others (usually using windows) and I find the .eps format more  
convenient for this.

Using TeXtures, it would take about 1-2 seconds for a change in the  
source to appear in the typeset window (no antialiasing). In TeXShop,  
this takes about 7-10 seconds on a 500 MHz G4 (the TeXing takes about 2  
sec). I realize that the antialiasing and ghostscript conversion takes  
time, but it seems that the discrepancy is too large. Does anyone have  
any suggestions?

I am using TeXShop 1.20 and the latest version of teTeX on Richards  

Thanks for any help and for a great application.

Warren Nagourney
Warren Nagourney   <warren at dirac.phys.washington.edu>  Voice:  
University of Washington                                              
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