[OS X TeX] kind of TeXShop for Windows ?

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Nov 4 16:47:15 EST 2004

On Nov 4, 2004, at 3:22 PM, Tim Brophy wrote:

> I have just downloaded fpTeX and all associated files. I have only 
> used Textures and TeXShop before. How do I even begin with fpTeX??
> Sorry for being stupid!

No need to apologize. It's nowhere near as nice on Windows as it is 
here on Mac OS X thanks to the hard work of Gerben, Richard, Jerome, 
et. al.

I believe you may be confused because Siep had said:
>> As I understand, proTeXt is designed to be packaged with the TeX
>> Live cd set, but is otherwise completely separate from it. There
>> is a second Windows version in TeX Live, fpTeX, which IS
>> integrated.

By that last ``integrated'' I believe Siep meant that fptex is 
integrated / a part of TeXlive, _not_ that it was integrated in the 
same fashion as TeXshop is.

In order to use fptex more comfortably you should download an 
integrated editor, TexnicCenter ( http://www.toolscenter.org/ ) or 
Winshell ( http://www.winshell.de/ ) are two good choices.

You'll then edit your file, process it, and hit a button to bring up a 
program to preview it in.

As I've noted previously, you might want to look into LyX ( 
http://www.lyx.org ) or Scientific WorkPlace (commercial software) or 
BaKoMa TeX (shareware). I'm pretty sure that last is the closest thing 
to TeXshop for Windows. (better in some ways, since one can click on a 
previewed .dvi, and begin typing / editing w/ a fair verisimilitude of 
WYSIWYG according to the on-line description).


William Adams, publishing specialist
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