[OS X TeX] viewer, configuration
frans at goddijn.com
Tue Jun 29 07:03:24 EDT 2004
Finally after much tweaking I have Texshop running. First of all, I
want to say that the systeem thrills me since it's so nice and seeing
the swift compilation of a file and then viewing the results is a
But there are so many glitches! It amazes and daunts me that the
super-gifted people developing TeX on a superior platform like the Mac
can make things so difficult for a simple user such as me.
Some questions and remarks...
1) Can I tell TeXshop to use the Acrobat Reader instead of its own
primitive viewer and if so, where? In the beginning I was often
startled to see how bad a document looked (bitmap fonts looking
terrible!) or how interactivity suddenly failed to work (works fine in
the real reader). I want to show what I do with TeXshop to other Mac
users that I know and I like to impress them. I succeed so far but only
when I hide such 'features' as the partially blind viewer.
2) In TeX manuals one can read about files like texmf.cnf and
texexec.ini. On my system I can load them in the text editor but I
can't save them! Overwrite is forbidden. Why? It is MY computer! I
would expect that such configuration files are also placed in my own
/Library map structure so I can edit them there but they often don't
exist there. And there is no map matching /usr/local/tetex in my own
map structure because that one starts later/deeper, at /texmf/...
Not being able to play with such config files makes it harder also to
add my own font and font mappings.
I needed to uncomment "enable \write18" in the texmf.cnf and instead of
just being able to do that (file not writable by the owner) and get
back to work, I spent a long time trying to find workarounds. I then
copied texexec.ini to my own map structure in texmf\context\config
(this path didn't exist yet) and added "-shell-escape" to the line that
reads "texpassstring -progname=context" -- it works but it is of a
complexity that discourages me to suggest an other mac user to try TeX.
And it could be so simple! And the output (if I manage to hide the
internal texshop viewer) looks so fantastic!
3) If I use the i-installer to make sure I have Metafun, and I first
select TeX, then Formats, then Metafun, then when the installer runs I
see that it is first disabling all other formats. So every time I just
want to add one, I must also select every one I already had. That's
puzzling for me. Why would that be so? And if Metafun is installed
properly in this way, why is it so hard to actually *use* it because
\write18 remains as disabled as it was?
Otherwise I am one very happy user of Texshop, proudly amazed of all
TeX can do.
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