[OS X TeX] TeX, OOo, NeoO (and Pages?)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Feb 9 13:43:35 EST 2005

Did you see that  
name=News&file=article&sid=78>? It's called "TeX in NeoOffice/J".  
(NeoOffice/J is an Aqua version of OpenOffice.org, based on Java, by  
contrast to the standard OS X version relying on X11.)

It's about <http://www.fyma.ucl.ac.be/wiki/~piroux/OOo+macro> using TeX  
as an equation editor for OOWriter (the word processor part of  
OpenOffice.org), a bit like the MathSetter QuarkXTension developed for  
Quark XPress by Blue Sky TeX Systems, the makers of Textures. Sadly,  
though, the equation is processed by TeX and converted on-the-fly to a  
PNG picture by ImageMagick, then inserted inside the current OOWriter  

Now what about somebody sometime developing a similar tool for the  
insertion of equations inside Keynote and Pages document, using, since  
Mac OS X and pdfTeX allows it, PDF instead of PNG? Of course, there's  
still the drawback of treating equations as pictures, which makes their  
subsequent editing impossible.

What seems amazing in the provided screenshots is that the equations  
have their baselines nicely aligned with the surrounding text, which  
seems to indicate that, despite the equations being pictures, somebody  
can still be done to make the alignment correct.

Bruno Voisin

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