[OS X TeX] Installing TeX for 1st Time

Thomas Rike tricycle222 at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 20 23:15:16 EDT 2008

Dear Ron,

On Apr 20, 2008, at 5:43 PM, Ron Olson wrote:

> I got a new Mac and am trying to install TeX on my new MacBookPro.   
> I didn't know there were so many versions of TeX.  It looks like the  
> TeX software is already on this machine and am trying to figure how  
> to install it.

If you just got a new MacBookPro then I doubt that you already have  
the TeX software on the machine. You need to download it.

> So, my first question is which TeX do I install?

Go to this site and download The MacTeX-2007 Package


Installation is almost automatic.
After the installation, open TeXShop and try a minimal program. Use  
the Help menu and use the tutorials to get up to speed. If you get  
stuck, then try to get some answers from this forum. There are experts  
of all levels here. (I am only a user.)

HTH, Tom Rike

> I am a non-traditional math student at Wichita State University and  
> first heard about TeX in MA547 Adv. Calculus I with Dr. Phil Parker  
> last Fall.
> I enjoyed what I learned from MatLab and ForTran but I don't know if  
> knowledge of these will help me with TeX.


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