[OS X TeX] PDF sync with TeXShop & XeLaTeX

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Feb 15 08:35:26 EST 2006

On 15 Feb 2006, at 1:28 pm, Frank STENGEL wrote:

> Le 15 févr. 06 à 13:05, Bruno Voisin a écrit :
>> Le 15 févr. 06 à 12:36, Paul Vickers a écrit :
>>> Trying again as a new thread:
>>> I love the pdf sync feature of TeXShop and use it a lot. However,  
>>> I have found it doesn't seem to work when using XeLaTeX as the  
>>> engine rather than LaTeX. Is there something I'm missing?
>> As far as I understood not using it myself, the package  
>> pdfsync.sty works by inserting certain tags in TeX's PDF output  
>> (using pdfTeX, or TeX + dvips + Ghostscript).
> No. It uses an auxilliary file to do its job. The problem is that  
> pdfsync.sty relies on the engine to be PDFTeX (or one of its  
> derivatives) and, as far as I can tell, XeTeX is not really a  
> derivative of PDFTeX and/or is not recognized as such...

It's not; it is an extension of e-TeX, but unrelated to pdfTeX.

> Look at srcltx.sty for another way to perform synchronization  
> (TeXniscope supports srcltx). As far as I can tell, it could work  
> with XeTeX...

I doubt it; I expect it writes \specials to the DVI output, which  
TeXniscope then handles. But XeTeX doesn't create DVI output (even in  
-no-pdf mode); it writes an extended DVI format (XDV), which  
TeXniscope won't handle, AFAIK.


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