[OS X TeX] Survey about TeXShop feature use.
Adam M. Goldstein
amgoldstein at mac.com
Tue Jul 3 09:41:12 EDT 2007
On Jun 30, 2007, at 9:28 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 mainly use emacs now, although I mainly used TeX for a few years.
During the extended period during which I used TeXShop as my primary
editor for TeX files, I used the following features regularly:
- LaTeX panel for math, symbols, section titles, international,
Matrix panel to set up tables. I wish the panel could be used outside
of TeXShop and sometimes I will use it when I can't remember how a
certain accented character is constructed.
- Templates for figures
- Tags menu to navigate my way around.
- When I first started (see below), the template for the article and
- The font customization template to see what different fonts look like.
- BibDesk autocomplete.
- Of course, cmd-T for typesetting, and the "typeset" button.
- Spotlight-based syncing.
- The Ogrekit find panel.
- The previewer (as opposed to TeXniscope or something else).
> 2)How long have you been using TeXShop and your experience level
> (approximate) with using TeX.
I started using TeX about 4 years ago for my dissertation. Now I use
it for almost all my writing, even for the web, by way of latex2html.
I started with TeX on OS X, with Gerben's i-installer and TeXShop,
which was the first editor I used with TeX. I would say that I used
TeXShop mainly when I was a complete TeX beginner to the point at
which I became a middle-intermediate-level user, where I am now. For
a while TS had stability problems so I switched away to Smultron,
which has better text coloring, but then I came back to TS when it
Dr. Adam M. Goldstein
amgoldstein <at> mac <dot> com
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