[OS X TeX] Some thoughts about editors

Gary L. Gray gray at engr.psu.edu
Fri Sep 21 17:00:10 EDT 2007

On Sep 21, 2007, at 3:58 PM, David Oliver wrote:

> I'm about to begin writing a new book (to be done in LaTeX) and  
> have been considering whether to take up a new editor (my  
> historical  editors are those of TexShop preceded by that of  
> Textures with cursory looks at Emacs and BBEdit). Most of my (non- 
> LaTeX) programming is done in Mathematica and I appreciate the  
> automatic formatting of code therein.
> I could continue with TeXShop where I have somewhat of an  
> investment in customization and auto completion sets. But there are  
> two features I very much value and would like to have that TeXShop  
> does not possess: text folding (I use many foot- and end-notes) and  
> a  LaTeX programming environment that formats LaTeX automatically  
> according to reasonable indentation rules (as in Mathematica). (The  
> closest possibility might be BBEdit which provides folding and an  
> excellent HTML programming environment, but not one for LaTeX.)
> Have others faced this limitation and how might have you achieved a  
> LaTeX programming environment with folding?

You might take a look at TextMate:


I tried it briefly (a year or two ago) and while it is an amazing  
editor, at the time, the learning curve to use it with LaTeX was more  
than I was willing to climb. I suspect things have improved  
substantially since then.


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