[OS X TeX] metapost

Aaron Jackson jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Wed Mar 2 11:45:56 EST 2005

On Mar 2, 2005, at 11:27 AM, Daniel L. Dietrich wrote:

> I downloaded it recently and got it to work as follows (assuming OS X 
> 10.3):
>   -  Start X11 (located in Applications/Utilities)
>   -  At the console window, type xfig
> It should start and give you a GUI-driven drawing program.
> Alternately you can try jfig which is a 'platform-independent' Java 
> implementation of xfig.  I tried both a little and like xfig better.
> I had one problem with xfig.  It assumes a BW display.  GW lists a 
> procedure to get it to recognize a color display and give nice color 
> menus and buttons.  I couldn't get it to work. Everything works, just 
> not in color (I can draw color objects, just the menu/button items are 
> in BW).  Any help would be appreciated.

Ok, all good advice, but I seem to remember having to install X11 
first.  So I would amend the above with make sure you have X11 
installed first.  If not it should be on the MacOS X CD's, or you can 
download it from (it's pretty big):



P.S.  You can try putting ``*customization: -color'', without the 
quotes of course in ~/.Xdefaults and see if this fixes your BW problem.

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