[OS X TeX] FlashMode, Up Close and Personal, TeX plug-in

Claus Gerhardt gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Sat Sep 13 10:52:27 EDT 2008

Let me add that running Flashmode is not a single thread affair: It  
involves the Flashmode applet, TeXShop, Finder, and multiple shell  
processes (typesetting the tex file at different stages  
simultaneously). Therefore a machine with multiple cores and an OS  
(Leopard) that can handle them efficiently is recommended.


On Sep 13, 2008, at 13:57, Claus Gerhardt wrote:

> On nowadays powerful machines typesetting is so fast that the  
> equivalent of Tom Rokicki's TeX previewer is not necessary.  
> Flashmode's default typesetting interval, provided the tex file has  
> changed, is 0.001 seconds resulting in an almost simultaneous pdf  
> preview of what has been typed in the tex source file in case of a  
> 60 pages paper - at least on an 8-core Mac Pro.
> Claus
> On Sep 13, 2008, at 2:06, Arthur Ogawa wrote:
>> I must applaud the development of FlashMode (I simply loved  
>> Textures when I could still use it.)
>> Is anyone thinking about how texd might fit into this picture? The  
>> TeX Daemon is a really powerful concept.
>> One of the great things about Tom Rokicki's TeX previewer for  
>> NeXTStep was its ability to give you the preview of a page before  
>> TeX had finished typesetting the entire file. Is anyone thinking  
>> about how this might be done today?
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