[OS X TeX] What kind of operation is TeXing? (concerning hardware)

Aldo Manfroi amanfroi at mac.com
Fri Feb 4 13:52:40 EST 2005

I think that the site mentioned by Gerben: 
would be very appropriate then. The sample "document" has about 550 
Seeing how long it takes on different machines and the other comments 
on how the Mac mini stacks up with them should give you a good starting 
On my lowly G3 it took about 48 seconds to compile, without Terminal 
output. I am definitely not planning to do anything more than 100 pages 
long on this Mac...


On Feb 3, 2005, at 15:20, Steffen Wolfrum wrote:

>> Regarding TeXing, I am using a Dual USB iBook (500MHz G3) and an Blue 
>> and White tower (350MHz G3) and I am happy with them. The memory has 
>> been maxed on both. BUT, I am doing small projects. Flashmode for a 
>> document with many (tens of) pages and figures would probably be out 
>> (I don't use it. I just compile and open in Preview). I think it 
>> would help to know what size of projects you will have to deal with.
>> AJM
> I am typesetting books (arts and philosophy) for publishing houses; 
> books like 300 to 500 pages small A4 size, sometimes (seldom) with 
> images included in the text, sometimes in non western languages 
> (that's why I need XeTeX). But always typographically appealing 
> (that's why I need some speed to be able to "play" with variations, 
> writing in ConTeXt).
> Steffen

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