[OS X TeX] Advise needed for transition from PC to Mac
bhh at xs4all.nl
Sat Oct 3 03:36:58 EDT 2009
On 02-10-2009, at 00:59, Per Ting wrote:
> I am moving from PC to Mac. I have just received my Mac Book Pro. On
> PC I have been using Winedt 5.5+Miktex 2.8+Sumatra (and Adobe
> reader) for many years, and I can say I am an intermediate to
> advanced user of these. My preferred fonts are the complete set of
> Lucida Bright fonts purchased from PCTeX and occasionally I use
> Mathtime (from my old Y&Y days) and Fourier fonts.
> I know that under Mac, the platform of choice is Texshop and Mactex
> (Texlive based) and I am planning to install and start using this
> collection (including bibdesk and excalibur), but at least for some
> time I would like to use my old Winedit+Miktex+Sumatra setting with
> Parallels on my Mac while my transition to Texshop becomes complete
> and I get a complete hold of it. Now my questions:
> 1-What is the best method of setting up MacTex (TeXshop and
> friends)? Should I wait until Texlive 2009 is available? Does
> Texlive get updated as frequently as Miktex? Does it have on the fly
> package download capabilities?
AFAIK, MacTeX does not have the on the fly downloading of missing
A full install of MacTeX will contain all packages. TeX Live Utility
can be used to update.
> Does it have update facilities like Miktex? Is the editor as
> versatile and configurable as Winedt with a macro writing capability?
There is no "the editor" for TeX/LaTeX.
MacTeX is independent of any editor you use.
TeXShop: very nice.
TextMate: very good with wonderful syntax highlighting. Works well
with the open-source pdf previewer Skim.
If you are used to WinEdt I think you'd come to like TextMate.
You could also try the free TextWrangler.
I use TeXShop and TextMate (especially for heavy editing).
> 2-What is the best method of installing Winedt+Miktex+Sumatra (and
> adobe reader) under Parallels for a complete Newbie in the Mac world?
Just install them in the usual Windows way.
I wouldn't do this; seems a waste of time.
Get used to TeXShop as quickly as possible. You really won't regret it.
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