[OS X TeX] how to handle window-mania?

Matthew Hills hills_tex at tina.stanford.edu
Thu Oct 14 16:00:44 EDT 2004

On Oct 14, 2004, at 12:06 PM, Jack Kuipers wrote:

> For those of you who are currently working on several documents at the 
> same time --- I would strongly suggest you get Virtual Desktop

I'm currently unable to go to codetek's website, so I was wondering 
what the advantage is over Desktop Manager, which is free ( 
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12682 ).  You can run a single 
copy of TeXShop, but typesetting each document in a separate 
workspace...  That would reduce clutter, although it wouldn't be really 
helpful if you wanted to look at two documents at the same time...

To the original poster:  it isn't clear to me what you are trying to 
do...  I tend to keep my source documents on the left of my screen, and 
all others to the right.  I look at the console rarely--only after 
typesetting if an error comes up, and as I prepare final drafts to 
double-check for any warnings.  The CMD-1 provides a way to quickly 
switch between the source and typeset documents.  Typically, I have my 
source documents slightly offset, so that it is easy to switch between 
them.  If I need to refer to both at the same time, I move them 
side-by-side...  This isn't something that I do and undo constantly to 
make it a point of friction in the interface.

So, I guess my question is:  what are you trying to do that causes you 
friction in locating your windows?  Once identified, it might be pretty 
easy to write a quick script that will alleviate this...  (eg, if the 
problem is that you want to repeatedly switch context between different 
documents, you could try the virtual desktop options or it shouldn't be 
too hard to write a script that brings up the next document's set of 
source/console/typeset windows)

BTW, does anyone have a TeXShop script to open included file?  (e.g., 
hilight the name of a file in an \input or \include statement, run the 
script, and the document in question is opened?)  I've gotten used to 
it from programming editors...


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