[OS X TeX] Flashmode 1.1

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Thu Dec 9 03:15:47 EST 2004

Flashmode 1.1 has been released. It can be downloaded from

The changes are:

- Flashmode can now be used regardless of the existence of a pdf file.
- When you type in the source window, the pdf window will automatically 
come to the front in TeXniscope.
- When a copy of Flashmode is accidentally directed to a document that 
is already controlled by Flashmode, the copy will beep and quit.
- To quit Flashmode - or any copy - and release the document, one can - 
and should - use the new Applescript 'flashmode-quit', preferably via a 
shortcut key. The script requires that the document, that should be 
released, is the front document in BBEdit.
- When Flashmode (or any copy) starts, it will now first look for a 
so-called protocol file of the document, stored in 
/Applications/Flashmode.app/Contents/Protocols, and will beep and quit, 
if a protocol file already exists. If it can't detect any, a protocol 
file will be created and Flashmode starts working. The protocol file 
cannot be removed by Flashmode but only by the script 'flashmode-quit'. 
If Flashmode is quit manually, the protocol file will still exist and 
all attempts to again control the document by Flashmode will fail. In 
such a case 'flashmode-quit' should be run - with the document to be 
front in BBEdit.
- It has also been necessary to rename the copies, they are now called 
'Flashmode-alt', 'Flashmode-one', etc..
- There is now only one debug version of Flashmode, to minimize the 
maintenance burden, namely, 'Flashmode-one-debug'.
- The Applescripts 'sync', 'sync-include-only', 'pdflatexc', and 
'startup' have been slightly modified so that the cursor position won't 
be changed in case of error.

I would appreciate receiving some feedback, please, specify machine 


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