[OS X TeX] Survey about TeXShop feature use.
dewatson at mac.com
Mon Jul 2 19:39:02 EDT 2007
On Jun 30, 2007, at 8:28 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> 1)What features of TeXShop do you use? I know we edit source files
> and compile files, I'm interested in the helpful (or not so
> helpful?) extras like Panels, Macros (text or Applescript), Command
> Completion, Auto Completion, Specialized Engines. special keyboard
> assignments (via System Preferences or other Key Binding methods)
> that you use to help you in your work. You can also include things
> like using the BibDesk InputManager for references/citations within
I go back and forth between emacs and TeXShop, depending to a large
part on the number of references I am using; BibDesk is a lifesaver,
and though it isn't unique to TeXShop, I like the autocomplete.
TeXShop is my preferred method when I need to see the results fast.
My work doesn't call for much mathematics, so I mainly use TeXShop
when I know I'm not going to remember the markup for something.
> 2)How long have you been using TeXShop and your experience level
> (approximate) with using TeX.
I used LaTeX passively in my undergraduate days, mostly because I was
"LaTeX curious" as a chemist with a good friend in physics. Their
department was using revtex if I remember correctly, and I thought
about how much they must have been paying the secretary to review
My interest in LaTeX grew into an obsession and I suppose my grades
probably suffered for that, but I made it through and learned a lot
about typographical addiction. To this day it pains me to see
presentations or papers designed in Word, but I suppose most people
don't have the time or energy or passion or permission to use LaTeX -
in the same sort way that I know people -shudder- that can listen to
64Kbps mp3 and not get that feeling you get when people draw their
nails across a blackboard.
I remember when I purchased OzTeX - it was the first shareware I ever
purchased - I was filled with a pride for having done the right thing
because I used it almost daily in my Junior year.
Eventually, OS X came along and I quickly found Classic intolerable.
TeXShop followed soon enough afterwards that I had to leave OzTeX
behind; we had grown apart and TeXShop rekindled those magic feelings
at a vulnerable moment in my life.
Apart from the simplicity of the editor, there is not much more than
I need from a GUI than the ability to run LaTeX, BibTeX, MakeIndex,
and Sweave quickly. TeXShop does this and many other things well, but
mostly it just lets me do what I want to on my own time and in my own
way. That's the kind of relationship I look for when it comes to
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