[OS X TeX] Updated MacTeX Packages

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Aug 29 16:44:58 EDT 2007


I have updated all of the MacTeX packages. The main one,  
MacTeX-2007.dmg, is linked from


and the remaining packages are linked from


When these packages are opened by Apple's installer, the initial  
Welcome dialog will have date September, 2007. Hey, it's almost  

One complication is that the links on these pages will not return the  
new packages until the packages migrate to the appropriate servers.  
The main package, MacTeX-2007.dmg, is on CTAN. By going to


you will discover that MacTeX.dmg is a link to a dated package; it  
should be a link to MacTeX-20070829.dmg.

The other packages are on cstug.cz and math.utah.edu. You can tell if  
the first has been updated by going to


This server has been updated when the linked files have date 20070829.

The packages contain the latest versions of GUI software, including  
today's BibDesk update. The TeXLive-2007-Dev package contains a  
snapshot of the svn server version as of two days ago. In contrast,  
MacTeX-2007 contains the February release version of TeXLive-2007, but  
with Beamer patched.

The packages contain a slightly modified simpdftex script, which will  
be necessary in Leopard when you typeset using TeX and Ghostscript mode.

The simpdftex script also contains revisions by Gerben Wierda which  
were mentioned by Bruno Voisin several days ago. Below is what Bruno  
wrote. From now on, use the gwTeX syntax from his message if you want  
simpdftex to use dvipdfm(x).


That said, it is possible to make TeXShop use dvipdfm(x) instead. How  
to do this depends on whether you're using MacTeX with TeXLive-2007,  
or gwTeX:

- With MacTeX, open TeXShop and in Preferences > Engine > TeX + dvips  
+ distiller, enter:

** For TeX: simpdftex_dpmx tex --dpx --maxpfb

** For LaTeX: simpdftex_dpmx latex --dpx --maxpfb

Then, TeX will use dvipdfmx; if you prefer the original dvipdfm  
(dvipdfmx is a modified version for compatibility with Japanese and  
Korean, I think), then replace the --dpx option by --dpm.

- With gwTeX, do the same as before with:

** For TeX: simpdftex tex --mode dvipdfmx --maxpfb

** For LaTeX: simpdftex latex --mode dvipdfmx --maxpfb

Again, if you prefer dvipdfm to dvipdfmx, change the mode accordingly.


Dick Koch
koch at math.uoregon.edu

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