[OS X TeX] Re: OT: OS X 10.5.3

Adam M. Goldstein a.m.goldstein at mac.com
Mon Jun 2 10:53:10 EDT 2008

On Jun 2, 2008, at 10:45 AM, Simon Spiegel wrote:

>>> On 02.06.2008, at 07:36, Eberhard Lisse wrote:
>>>> Never had any problems whatsoever with this.
>>>> But, get skim instead of xpdf (or Acrobat for that matter)
>>> Skim also uses Apple's pdf system, so you don't win anything over  
>>> Preview in this regard. But since this bug – which I encountered  
>>> regularly with the mathpazo package – is fixed in 10.5.3, this  
>>> whole discussion is moot.
>> Moot, at least, for this particular bug. I would like some pdf  
>> viewer that isn't dependent on Apple's pdf system,
> Why exactly? The bug Apple introduced with Leopard was bad, no doubt  
> adoubt that, but besides that, what's wrong with Apple's pdf system?  
> They don't implement every single feature of PDF, but that's mainly  
> because not every single feature is open. There are some parts of  
> PDF no one can implement except Adobe.

I suppose I am as usual just being a bit over-cautious. But it seems  
that often I do get PDFs that look odd in some way, and it would be  
nice to eliminate Apple's particular interpretation of PDF as a source  
of this. I don't have Reader installed because it seems a bit  
intrusive at times, and I find it highly counterintuitive to use.  
Also, for my own testing purposes---for instance in the Leopard  
printing bug, I spent hours and hours trying to narrow down the  
problem, thinking it was a problem with my TeXing; a quick spin on  
xpdf would have shown me that that wasn't the problem.

Adam M. Goldstein PhD MSLIS
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Iona College
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