[OS X TeX] A (little) challenge for OS X TeX programmers
bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Mar 16 13:28:25 EST 2005
I have been wondering whether TeX could be used to print the contents
of OS X folders in the same way that was possible from the Finder in OS
9 and before. I am thinking of what you would get, for example, for a
Finder window by:
- Hiding the toolbar.
- Selecting icon view (no tree view, no list view).
- Using View Options to set icon size to a size smaller than the
default 48 x 48 (say, 32 x 32), and ask for the display of icon
In OS 9 there was a menu item in the File menu for printing window
content, yielding a result close to the display so obtained. Alas this
functionality is gone in OS X AFAIK.
This is probably not possible using TeX in the general case, given file
icons are not, AFAIK, directly accessible as individual graphics files.
However, I was willing to do this in the particular case of a folder
containing only graphics (GIF files, in an icon library for web site
design), so I assumed with pdfTeX or XeTeX this could be possible with
a little bit of programming: possibly using shell escape and the
shell's "ls" to get directory listing, LaTeX's \includegraphics or
XeTeX's \XeTeXpifile to display each graphics in this listing above its
name, and LaTeX's tabular environment or plain TeX's \halign to put
this display in a table to paper size (either imposing the icon size
and number if icons per row, or having TeX calculate these optimally
given the total number of icons in the folder).
Of course this could be done by hand with a lot of cut/copy/paste, but
when the number of files gets large this becomes a bit of nonsense.
Certainly programming would be better. This is a bit too far-fetched
for me given my programming abilities, or at least not feasible by me
in the available time slots, but I thought maybe for some of the
members of this list the solution would be obvious. If not, please
don't pay attention to this message.
For lack of a better solution, I have been using the Finder, setting
the window display as required, maximizing the window size to screen
height, scrolling the window by hand and taking a screenshot of each
area so displayed. Not very elegant!
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