[OS X TeX] Preview.app automatic refresh when PDF changes?

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Feb 24 17:27:54 EST 2005

On 24 feb 2005, at 22:04, Curtis Clifton wrote:

> Preview.app doesn't have this capability (though some folks simulated 
> by using AppleScript to close and reopen the file in Preview).

Which requires GUI scripting (not pretty) and you'll end up on a 
different page than were you started.

> I use TeXniscope for previewing PDFs and it does have an option to 
> automatically refresh.  It works well in my experience.

TeXniscope can be used in two modes: You can ask it to check for 
updates automatically (it will then update its display while remaining 
in the background), but depending on the length of your pdftex run, it 
may try to refresh too early. The other mode is to switch that option 
off, and simply bring the viewer to the foreground. At that moment it 
will check the pdf file for its modification date, and update the 
display if needed. Also asking it to (re)open a file (open -a 
TeXniscope file.pdf) will refresh the display.

pdflatex file && open -a TeXniscope file.pdf should automate it all.


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