[OS X TeX] New alpha Textures with support for graphics
gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Thu Jul 13 13:32:23 EDT 2006
Before you get overboard with your praise of Textures, let me recall
the shortcomings of the old (classic) Textures which made me then
longing for a Unix OS, or, after OS X, abandoning Textures, first for
the more complex tasks, and later completely:
- Producing an index was a pain.
- Using mfpic or anything postscript related was impossible.
The compilation speed advantage of the present Textures version seems
to be due to the fact that the underlying tex engine and tex tree is
very limited and specialized. I doubt that the OS X versions of
Textures will ever offer the versatility and possibilities of tetex.
On Jul 13, 2006, at 17:54, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 13 juil. 06 à 16:57, André Bellaïche a écrit :
>> Le 13 juil. 06 à 16:30, Kevin Walzer a écrit :
>>> Just curious--what does Textures offer that TexShop et. al does
>>> not? I
>>> tried to download a version to try, but apparently you already
>>> need to
>>> be a registered customer. (This company charges $30 just to demo
>>> one of
>>> its other products...)
>> i'll send you more examples when I think about them. This occurs
>> quite frequently, since I work all the day on Texshop after having
>> been very happy with Textures for years.
> An atypical example, which just came to mind when browsing through
> old Textures files: Imagine you're using KaleidaGraph for
> processing and plotting experimental data (you'll be surprised at
> the number of my colleagues who still use KaleidaGraph daily, in
> spite of its quasi-absence of development -- other than adaptation
> to OS X -- for several years now). KaleidaGraph doesn't do EPS
> files; however, it does do what it calls "PostScript PICT", namely
> PICT files with EPS code hidden in PICT comment fields. Textures
> being able to include PICT files, it can use these hidden EPS data
> to draw the KaleidaGraph plots when included in TeX documents.
> It's possible XeTeX allows this as well, I haven't checked.
> Moreover, trying again to compile files, OS X Textures seems
> lightning fast!
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