[OS X TeX] Installing Asymptote

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Sep 14 08:15:45 EDT 2010

On Sep 14, 2010, at 6:17 AM, William Adams wrote:

> On Sep 13, 2010, at 11:55 PM, Richard Koch wrote:
>> The email thread continued with a suggestion by Herb Schulz to use latexmk with
>> Asymptote, and a remark by William Adams that latexmk worked. If you use Latexmk rather than this
>> Asymptote engine, Asymptote will not reprocess images when the document is
>> typeset again, unless the image changes.
> I'm not 100% certain that latexmk always finds the changes in the .asy files.


My, rather naive tests with that file I sent to the list seem to show that it works. Have you had problems? I'd appreciate an example where it doesn't work so I can test here.

> Also, I'd like to suggest two different Asymptote engines:
> - one which processes Asymptote files embedded in .tex files (the current one)
> - another which directly processes .asy files
> Or could they be merged? The Asymptote engine checks the current filename's extension --- if it's .asy it only processes the .asy, if .tex, then it acts as it currently does.
> Or am I the only person in the world who has to iterate and experiment w/ such drawings?
> William
> (who was gotten the bulk of the arrow spine dial face drawn up, now just needs to make it look nice and be flexible)
> -- 
> William Adams
> senior graphic designer
> Fry Communications
> Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

Actually, combining the two as you suggest shouldn't be too hard but I'm not familiar with tcsh syntax (and often use a book for help with bash too :-)).

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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