[OS X TeX] TeXShop Feature Question

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat May 29 13:41:50 EDT 2010

On May 29, 2010, at 12:14 PM, David Arnold wrote:

> ... In Texshop, I use header lines like: %!TEX TS-program = latex. I use \include and \includeonly very often when I work on a large project and forward and inverse search work extremely well in the current version, so I probably would not need a "project" window. However, in keeping with the spirit of Texshop to make things easier for newcomers to tex and latex, the ability to start a "book" project, with chapter and section files, exercise files, solutions files, and to organize them in an "XCode" groups and files type environment would be a very good thing, particularly for new comes who don't know much about "including" files.


Attached is a macro called Open Selection (Opt-Cmd-O) to be installed in TeXShop's Macros Menu. Select a file name inside an \include, \usepackage, \documentclass, etc., command, execute the Macro and the corresponding file will be opened (as long as it is on a path understood by kpsewhich or you've highlighted the path). I have no problem executing this macro some other people have reported problems so please let me know how it goes.

To install the Macro open up TeXShop's Macro Editor (Macros->Open Macro Editor...) and then, again, open the Macros Menu to see two additional items of which the Add macros from file... will ask you to select the file (the enclosed plist file) and will copy it to the macros file. You can them ove it around in the menu shown in the Macros Editor, change the keyboard shortcut, etc.

> On the other hand, the most attractive thing about Texshop is the simplicity of its interface. I worry about features "cluttering" the interface and appreciate the authors' wisdom in keeping its "clean" look and feel. 
> David Arnold
> College of the Redwoods

Agreed. It's one of the reasons I still love to use TeXShop. It's just extensible enough to meet my needs.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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