[OS X TeX] Fwd: LaTeX on Mac OS X
amunn at msu.edu
Sat Sep 22 21:00:13 EDT 2007
At 12:58 AM +0100 9/23/07, Phil Trinh wrote:
>I'm relatively new to the Mac and perhaps even more new to Unix
>environments, so please, bear with me. I've already downloaded and
>installed MacTeX, and using TeXShop to write my documents is, for the
>most part, fine.
>However, I'd like to use a program like TeXmaker because of the GUI,
>but also because of the choice to output and view via DVI. This makes
>it so I don't have to convert eps files to pdf beforehand (something I
>have to do if I use TeXshop).
This isn't actually true. The final output will be pdf, in that
TeXShop preview is a pdf previewer and not a DVI previewer, but
TeXShop can easily use the latex - divips - pstopdf route: In the
TeXShop preferences under "Typesetting" simply choose TeX +
Ghostscript instead of pdftex. Then you can include EPS files
directly as you are used to.
Also, TeXShop has some palettes with often used LaTeX
symbols/commands which may emulate some of the GUI of TeXMaker,
although it's true that the philosophy of TeXShop is to minimize
these kinds of things. iTeXMac is another editor that takes a more
"buttony" approach as well, and is also a good program.
>Unfortunately, texmaker has to be set up
>correctly with my TeX distribution.
>See the image here: http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/doc.html#SECTION02
>What commands should I be using and/or where should I be looking for
>them? That's the thing about Unix. I'm not sure where I should be
>looking for files/commands.
From the user point of view, MacTeX installs all the executables in
/usr/texbin, so in the preferences of TeXMaker, you should substitute
whatever path is the default path with /usr/texbin
So for the latex command, your TeXMaker pref should be
"/usr/texbin/latex" -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex
and similarly for the other tex related commands.
The ghostscript preference should remain /usr/local/bin/gs
It seems that TeXMaker assumes that you are using an external
dvi/ps/pdf viewer. On my system, this defaults to TeXShop, which is
probably not what you want. So for the preferences for dvi viewer
etc. you will need to specify the application.
So instead of the preference being
you would replace it with
open -a "<name of your viewer>" %.dvi (assuming that your viewer is
For example, to view pdf files with Adobe Reader, change the pdf
viewer preference to
open -a "Adobe Reader" %.pdf
Hope this helps. (And beware the flood of "but you can do everything
you want with TeXShop" posts that your request will spawn.) There
aren't many TeXMaker users here, I suspect, but that doesn't mean
you're not welcome.
amunn at msu.edu
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and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages Fax. +1-517-432-2736
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824 Tel. +1-517-355-7491
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