[OS X TeX] pdfopen in MacTeX useful?

Robert R. Bruner robert.bruner at wayne.edu
Fri Aug 3 16:24:05 EDT 2012

Already in OSX 10.5.8 (which I am still running), Preview (4.2) updates its
display when the underlying pdf changes, the next time it becomes the
active window.  If you simply scroll the window, though, without
clicking in it, it will continue to display the old pdf. 

Occasionally, it seems to need extra prompts (activate a different 
window, then return to the Preview window) to realize it should
update the pdf.  

I just did an amusing experiment:  I had two Preview windows open and
updated both pdfs.  I could scroll in each without seeing the new pdf,
but as soon as I made one of them the active window, they both updated.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ettore Aldrovandi" <ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu>
To: "TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List" <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>
Sent: Friday, August 3, 2012 3:32:15 PM
Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] pdfopen in MacTeX useful?

On Fri, Aug 03, 2012 at 07:21:40PM +0200, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 03.08.2012 um 17:18 schrieb Ettore Aldrovandi:
> > Which version? Mine (on Lion) is Version 5.5.2 (719.25) and it refreshes when its window is brought to the front.
> I am still on Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.8. Having to put Preview into the front means that must have been in the back before?

Good point.  I think so, but I don't have a proof.


Ettore Aldrovandi
Department of Mathematics, Florida State University
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