[OS X TeX] newcomer: TexTures info

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Jan 23 12:07:58 EST 2007

Le 23 janv. 07 à 16:58, Peter Dyballa a écrit :

> Am 23.01.2007 um 16:17 schrieb paolo caravani:
>> QUESTION: what fonts what folders and where should be created
>> to have decent operation?
> Can you switch off (comment) all font loading commands to see that  
> you do not need anything special?
> Probably Lucida fonts are used. Bruno Voisin recently wrote a large  
> mail on how to install the fonts in a modern TeX system. You can  
> find it in the archive. The fonts can be purchased at TUG, I think.

No, the fonts used in that document are the Palatino fonts called  
through their Textures built-in metrics (with names Palatino,  
PalatinoI, PalatinoB and PalatinoBI).

Typesets fine here. See screenshot <http://homepage.mac.com/ 
bvoisin/.cv/bvoisin/Sites/.Public/Flowers.png-zip.zip>, with Classic  
and OS X Textures side-by-side.

What I did:

- Create a folder /Library/Application Support/Textures/Inputs/, put  
inside an alias of the TeX Inputs folder of Classic Textures (for me  
Textures 2.1).

- Create similarly a folder /Library/Application Support/Textures/ 
Metrics/, put inside an alias of the TeX Fonts folder of Classic  

That's it! In case you created custom formats, these go to /Library/ 
Application Support/Textures/Formats/.

Using /Library/Application Support/Textures/ is one option, allowing  
all users of your Mac to use Textures. Another option, the only one  
mentioned in the Installation section of the Textures 2.2.0a page  
<http://www.bluesky.com/news/220a.html>, is to use ~/Library/ 
Application Support/Textures/ (i.e. the same folder but inside your  
home directory), which will make Textures work only from your user  

For example, I put personal TeX and LaTeX input files inside ~/ 
Library/Application Support/Textures/Inputs/. For those using TeX  
Live or gwTeX, this plays exactly the same role as ~/Library/texmf/tex/.

I must admit I feel happy to see there are still Textures users  
around. When Textures 2.2.0a was released, I planned to start using  
it regularly, to see how well it performed compared with the already  
established OS TeX front-ends, namely TeXShop and iTeXMac. But, due  
to the lack of the most basic editing functionalities (like search- 
and-replace, go to line, block comment, ...) and to the lack of  
support of virtual fonts, I had to give up.

That said, in the absence of any news about Textures since early  
August 2006, after the sudden surge of visible activity in July 2006,  
I'm feeling pessimistic again...

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin
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