[OS X TeX] OT: But what suggestions do TeXShop users have for collaborative writing

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Wed Jun 14 01:10:55 EDT 2006

Hello John,

On 14/06/2006, at 11:13 AM, John Vokey wrote:

> All,
>   Sorry for the OT post, but I was asked today, so I thought I  
> would seek further input from other TeXShop users.  When I write  
> with multiple authors who also use LaTeX, we simply swap the .tex  
> files back and forth, handling all changes and suggestions with in- 
> line comments (i.e., nothing is ever deleted, just commented out).   
> That seems to work well.  For non-tex co-authors, I send compiled  
> pdfs with in-line \marginpar{} for comments and suggestions, but,  
> of course, their comments in return are just usually emailed text.   
> I suppose CVS would work as well, but seems like overkill.  Any  
> other suggestions, especially something more TeX-like?

\usepackage{soul}  lets you do  Strike-Out and Under-Line .
That's a way of marking changes in the LaTeX source, with
a clear visual effect within the PDF.

This could be mixed with different colours to provide a kind
of version-tracking setting.
When it comes to the final version, you would only need to
redefine \so and \ul to gobble/place there arguments, according
to whether they are meant to be discarded or included.

For larger segments such as whole paragraphs, then you could
and declare your own  \includecomment  and  \excludecomment
markup environments.

Another possibility, if you have Acrobat Pro --- not expensive
at academic pricing --- is to add text-annotations, or coloured
lines/circles/ovals, or hand/mouse-drawn lines.
This is what I do with students' work, while they are learning

Such annotations can be done in pdf-LaTeX, but they aren't so
convenient to create and position, especially for something
that is really just a 1-off. The point-&-click GUI of Acrobat
is thus more appropriate for this kind of thing.

> --
> Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
> See <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html>

I never create them, so don't attach them.  :-)

> -Dr. John R. Vokey

Hope this helps,


Ross Moore                                         ross at maths.mq.edu.au
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