[OS X TeX] New alpha Textures with support for graphics

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Jul 13 15:31:34 EDT 2006

On Jul 13, 2006, at 1:58 PM, André Bellaïche wrote:

> I just want to make my point clear.
>>> Ex. 7. BlueSKy Research would never have introduced a feature  
>>> like texdoc in Textures without telling anybody. (Of course,  
>>> Texshop (or teTeX) has texdoc, and Textures had not.)
>> Of course they don't have it so why would they tell you about it?
>> Ummm... Gerben did inform us all about texdoc after he set it up  
>> in his distribution.
> What about all the people who do not receive Gerben's mails ? For  
> example, I learned about texdoc by chance, on this forum, and this  
> morning, Franck Pastor did not know what texdoc was.
> My point is that :
> 1) Sometimes a commercial software with a complete doc may be useful ;
> 2) TeX gurus are also useful, but it's a hard job. I am the teX  
> guru of my wife and several colleagues : all of them do not even  
> know the name of Gerben. And they forget it whenever I tell them  
> (e. g., find out Gerben Wierda on Google, then download i- 
> Installer, etc.) ;
> 3) Many people don't even have a guru.


If you look through the Archive of this list, <http://tug.org/ 
pipermail/macostex-archives/>, which is noted at the bottom of each  
message (or at least somewhere in the digest form I assume) you can  
search for all sorts of things that have been discussed previously. I  
agree it does take a bit of playing with search terms but it is  
amazing what can be found there.

>> I believe texdoc is a standard part of several TeX distributions.
> Most people I know (mathematicians) want to know at most one TeX  
> distribution.

So do I but my point is that given a distribution on UNIX(like)  
systems chances are that textdoc is there in one way or another.  
Gerben has configured it so it works nicely under OS X.

>>> ! LaTeX Error: File `./chap001/Fig-01-02' not found.
>>> \includegraphics[scale=0.7]{./chap001/Fig-01-02}}
>>> (The file does exist, of course.)
>> I assume you're using latex+distiller processing in TeXShop. Add  
>> ``--extradvipsopts "-R0"'' (without the leading `` and trailing ''  
>> of course) to the two TeX+dvips+distiller engines in TeXShop- 
>> >Preferences->Engine tab.
> How could have I guessed all this by myself ? How did you learn  
> about it ? (This is the same point as above !)
> Thank you Herb for your help,
> André Bellaïche

Another case where searching in the archive would have found lots of  
information on ``fixing'' this problem. That's what happens when you  
are using a fairly new distribution, :-); the default behavior of  
dvips has changed and that option restores it. Supposedly this was  
done for security reasons.

I hope I'm not coming off angry... I'm in a bit of a snippy mood today.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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