[OS X TeX] TexShop Applescript question

Jon Hanson jkhanson at umich.edu
Mon Dec 18 15:21:56 EST 2006


I am trying to write a little macro that will typeset a file that is  
not the frontmost window in TeXShop.  The situation is this: I am  
writing in one file (a chapter, which is just the body of the source)  
and want to typeset a second file (the main document, which contains  
commands to input the various chapters) in order to refresh the pdf.   
I often have many source windows open so switching windows can get  

Ideally, my macro would work just like command-t except that it  
instead typesets the main document file.  I am not experienced in  
Applescript, however, and have not been able to figure it out  
inductively.  It would be something along the lines of this:


set frontName to #DOCUMENTNAME#
set otherName to ???
tell application "TeXShop"
	save document frontName
end tell
tell document otherName of application "TexShop"
end tell

My main difficultly is figuring out what command to use to identify  
the file that I want typeset.  I am not looking for elegance, so it  
can just refer to that file by its name, but I get errors when using  
the filepath.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Jon Hanson
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Political Science
University of Michigan

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