[OS X TeX] ideal PDF viewer requestion (background auto-update)
wooten at berkeley.edu
Fri May 28 17:51:01 EDT 2004
this may well be an often brought-up question (as I have come across
the mailing list in my vain attempts to search for the answer) so
please be patient with me. Here's my situation:
teTeX via fink
vim via fink in Apple's X11 -- in xterm
as a viewer:
Now iTexMac works almost perfectly as a viewer for me --- almost.
Particularly nice is the fact that it allows two-column view for
side-by-side page layouts.
The one feature which I am really going crazy about is the auto-update
feature so familiar to us from gv. I've spent some hours (I'd rather
not say how many) trying to figure out a way to get a nice auto-update
setup in OS X. For example, I've recently been excited by the perl
script latexmk, which will watch for changes in e.g. the aux files and
automatically run pdflatex (in my case) as many times as needed in
order to complete the BibTeX citations and so forth.
iTeXMac does have the ability to auto-update the pdf file, but
apparently only does so when it is the front application -- this I have
to switch from X11 to iTM and back again. This is petty I know -- but
very frustrating! Afaict, none of the other OS X previewers even do
this much. I need background auto-update! -- and I can't be the only
Why not use gv in X11 you ask? Well, for one it doesn't really handle
background pdf auto-update, for another it doesn't have the nice pdf
rendering we enjoy in Preview, iTexMac, TeXShop and so on.
Is it too much to hope for a pdf viewer which does 2 column (page
side-by-side) background auto-update?
Any advice or even commiseration is greatly appreciated ;)
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