[OS X TeX] Report on Texmaker--making progress

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Mon May 3 18:00:44 EDT 2004

What iss "Qt"?

Richard Séguin

On May 3, 2004, at 3:00 PM, Kevin Walzer wrote:

> I am still working on making Texmaker  
> (http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/) for OS X a little more 
> user-friendly. Here's a quick update:
>  First, I've spent a lot of time playing with the settings and 
> optimizing the preferences--not all of the default preferences 
> (pdflatex, for instance) work smoothly out of the box because, at 
> least on my iBook, it has trouble picking up my path set up by 
> Gerben's installer.
> I have also successfully built a standalone version that does not 
> require a separate installation of Qt, so this means you will only 
> need to install the 4-megabyte application and docs, not the 70 
> megabyte download of Qt. (I've followed the lead of the Lyx-on-Aqua 
> folks here.)
> I've tweaked I have also hacked the menu to include the brief user 
> manual that the original developer, Pascal Brachet, has created. 
> Before releasing my build, I plan to write much more thorough 
> documentation. This will probably take a little while.
> When I release my build, I will also set up a user mail list that will 
> include an online archive. As far as I can tell, there are *no* 
> mailing lists for Texmaker on Linux, let alone OS X, so I think this 
> will be useful.
> If you want to download a working version of the program right now, to 
> go http://naranja.umh.es/~atg/. This is Markus Bongard's site. Markus 
> has created installers for a wealth of Qt applications on OS X, as 
> well as Qt itself, and his site is especially valuable for that 
> reason. But Markus's interests aren't focused specifically on LaTex, 
> his build requires the large Qt installation (which may be fine if you 
> also want other Qt apps), and his version also reflects the roughness 
> that I'm trying to address by my tweaks (finding your path, incomplete 
> documentation). Once I implement my revisions, the source code will 
> also be available for anyone else to download if they so choose, per 
> the GPL.
> I like Texmaker because it has some neat features that Texshop doesn't 
> have--a handy dialog box to input headings, etc.; an outline view of 
> the file you're working on; and complete LaTex documentation bundled 
> with it. These features, for me at least, make it a little more 
> comfortable to use, but it's still nice and compact like Texshop; it 
> isn't as complex as iTexMac, which I've never been able to master. 
> With the streamlined preferences, it works very smoothly.  It'll be 
> just one more good option for writing LaTeX on the Mac.
> Cheers,
> Kevin
> Kevin Walzer, Ph.D.
> Editor
> WordTech Communications--A New Paradigm of Poetry
> http://www.wordtechcommunications.com
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> http://www.kevin-walzer.com
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