[OS X TeX] Gratitude

David Oliver daoliver at swva.net
Fri Jul 14 09:38:46 EDT 2006

To those of you---and there are many, led by Dick Koch and Gerben  
Wierda---who have given of yourselves to bring forth a fine, open  
source,  TeX system built around TeXShop and teTeX, for the UNIX  
based Mac platform,  I offer you my sincere thanks. What you have  
created is an indispensable tool I use every day.

I wrote my books with Textures, beginning in the late 1980s. Textures  
was one of the finest and most reliable MAC programs I have ever used  
and I often cited it to colleagues for its quality. It saddens me  
that Textures fell into disarray with the advent of OS X. But the  
UNIX based OS opened the MAC to UNIX based TeX with the above  
mentioned results.

I find I am able to do all that I had previously done with Textures  
with near-equal facility including synchronization and flash mode  
which were critical features I relied on in Textures. A special  
thanks to those, particularly, Jerome Laurens, who implemented these  

The complexity of the installation tree and the handling of fonts  
remain areas for users that are neither trivial or simple; but this  
is a consequence of both the expansive power of UNIX and continuing  
advances in fonts and their encoding, difficulties that betray no  
inferiority to Textures.

Thanks again,

David Oliver

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