[OS X TeX] Mac OS X Question

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Nov 9 10:28:22 EST 2006

Le 9 nov. 06 à 15:12, Louis S VanSlyck a écrit :

> To respond to all those who wonder why I use plainTeX rather than  
> LaTeX: I haven't used LaTeX since I retired in 1994 when I used it  
> on a VAX mainframe. For the past twelve years, up through the OS 9  
> generation---to early this year, I used plainTeX with the Textures  
> engine. (Bluesky hopes to issue an OS X version of Textures soon,  
> see www.bluesky.com/news/220a.html). I suppose LaTeX has evolved,  
> but with plainTeX conveniently doing everything I wanted, there was  
> no reason to change.

Yes, I suspected you were a former Textures user given (i) your usage  
of plain TeX and (ii) your syntax for including graphics, namely:

\XeTeXpicfile "Logo.PDF"  scaled 150

I, too, am a former Textures user and still looking forward to OS X  
Textures at last. I've used Textures 2.2.0a successfully, and  
included  EPS graphics with it, but I haven't been able to use it for  
day-to-day TeXing yet given (i) the editor is still buggy and crashes  
fairly often without saving, (ii) virtual fonts aren't supported ---  
and I do need MathTime or mathptmx for what I'm currently writing --,  
and (iii) I need to find a way for Textures to use the i-Installer  
installed files in /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/ or /usr/local/ 
TeXLive/texmf.texlive/, in order to avoid duplication of efforts.

I must admit that, after the burst of visible activity at <http:// 
www.bluesky.com/news/220a.html> in June and July, I'm a bit worried  
by the lack of any such visible activity for the last three months.

Bruno Voisin

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