[OS X TeX] TeXShop + external editor of choice?
maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 22 09:31:33 EST 2005
On 22 feb 2005, at 15:11, Johan Glimming wrote:
> Re. Makefiles in TeXShop: now it works perfectly, many thanks for all
> the advise I received.
(Would you mind sharing what you've learned, so that next time we can
point to the archives).
> Now that I have gotten TeXShop up and running I want to consider using
> an external editor. I have been using emacs and vim for quite a while
> but that piece of software is maybe /Lisp is/ getting a bit old these
> days? ;-))
> So I wonder if there is some suggested editor for TeXShop. A feature I
> really would appreciate is grammar check and spelling/thesaurus inside
> my TeX code. Other features are of course syntax highlighting,
> bracketing, indentation of TeX code, and auto-completion of standard
> \-definitions and even recurring words such as "automobile" from
BBEdit is what I use, but it isn't cheap. It gets a lot cheaper though
if you cross upgrade from the free editor the same company puts out:
combined with BBAutoComplete (http://c-command.com/bbautocomplete/) it
provides quite a bit of what you're asking. The auto-completion
requires hitting a key, so maybe you don't like that, YMMV.
I doubt there is a (useful) grammar check -- according to those
in-the-know, such a beast does not exist, at least not if you want to
reduce your writings to the lowest common denominator. BBEdit and
TextWrangler use the system-wide spelling check, and can use CocoASpell
(http://cocoaspell.leuski.net/), which is a bit more intelligent when
it comes to TeX commands.
A system wide thesaurus can be had from Nisus
(http://www.nisus.com/Thesaurus/) and Apple will add another option to
Tiger (10.4), if the rumours are correct.
Another option is to use some LaTeX components for Xcode, but I seem to
have misplaced the link to the extra package that would actually make
it usable. Anyone?
There are others, http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/ contains a nice list
of them. Options include: Alpha(X|tk), Carbon Enhanced Emacs, Vim,
Pepper, jEdit, TextMate, Smultron, SubEthaEdit. Not all are on the
list, use Google if needed/curious. Alpha seems to be close to Emacs in
the number of options, has good TeX support, and includes electric
support (auto indentation, add text that has to be added anyway. I
can't stand it, but some love it). I'm sure it can fully automate the
autocompleteion (like Xcode, and that drives me nuts, YMMV).
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