[OS X TeX] TeXShop previews in portrait mode

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Jul 14 13:13:26 EDT 2006

On Jul 14, 2006, at 12:17 PM, AES wrote:

> I'm sorry -- I'm just not grasping how to preview portrait pages  
> (e.g., slides) in TeXShop, in Plain TeX.

I believe you mean landscape.

> The test input for a prototypical slide is
> \magnification =\magstepN
> \hsize = 10 truein
> \vsize = 7 truein

Shouldn't those be ``true in''?

> \nopagenumbers
> \hrule
> \vfill
> \centerline{SLIDE TITLE}
> \bigskip
> \centerline{Some slide content}
> \vfill
> \vfill
> \hrule
> \eject

and add \bye so it'll finish processing.

> where the \hrules are inserted temporarily to define the typeset  
> area, and the value N  of the \magstep is manually adjusted during  
> composition to suit the amount and type of content on the slide.
> The objectives are
> (a)  A preview of fixed size such that the typeset area (10 wide X  
> 7 high) -- or if you like the page size, 11 X 8.5 -- comes close to  
> filling a preview window that's been adjusted to nearly fill my  
> screen (so I can see the largest preview of the slide); and

You need to manually specify the physical pdf size, by adding  
something like:

\pdfpagewidth=10 true in
\pdfpageheight=7 true in

at the top of your file.

> (b)  To have this preview window *stay* that way when I change N  
> and re-typeset.
> If I try to use Preview >> Magnification >> Fit to Window:
> (a) I can't use the whole width of the preview window, only about  
> 60% of it, since the gray page boundary doesn't change to portrait;  
> and
> (b)  When I change N and re-typeset, the entire slide either  
> shrinks in proportion or expands in proportion -- until part of it  
> becomes hidden on the right.
> If I try to use Preview >> Magnification >> Fit to Width with a  
> suitable scale setting, when I increase N and re-typeset the entire  
> slide jumps upward (scroll bar jumps down), putting most of the  
> slide off the top of the window.
> Is there a solution for this?  (in *Plain* TeX and TeXShop 1.43)

The above changes should work for what you want, if not, let us know  
the specifics


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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