[OS X TeX] Viewing PDFs under Sierra

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Mar 20 11:54:21 EDT 2017

> On Mar 20, 2017, at 10:33 AM, Alexander,J <jalex at lse.ac.uk> wrote:
> I recently attended a conference where a number of Macs running Sierra were used to display beamer presentations.  I was struck by two things: (1) when PDFs were viewed using “full screen mode”, unsightly scroll bars were still shown, and (2) despite it being labelled “full screen mode”, the PDF did not seem to fill the full screen.
> Has anyone else experienced similar issues with viewing full screen PDFs under Sierra?  (I suppose there’s a chance these computers were just incorrectly configured.) I ask because I’m thinking about upgrading to Sierra, but if it doesn’t play well with LaTeX, that’s a reason against doing so.
> Many thanks,
> Jason
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> Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
> London School of Economics and Political Science
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I assume you're using Preview to view the beamer slide pdf. As far as the scroll bar is concerned please check the state of the `Show scroll bars' item on the `General' tab of `System Preferences'. It should be set to `Automatically based on mouse or trackpad' and the scroll bar will not be there. It also automatically goes to view a single frame too. There is a black border around the frame but that may be because of the aspect ratio of the frame.

How are you going to Full Screen mode in Preview? You should do it via the View->Enter Full Screen (Ctl-Cmd-F) menu item rather than dragging the window to fit.

PS: I tend to Always show the scroll bar. The problem with hiding the scroll bar in most circumstances is that you don't really know if there is any more to view without it. I remember an iPad app had settings that were longer than a single page and it took a while before I was able to find the one I wanted because the page happened to fit perfectly and there was no indication that there was more to view.

PPS: The PDFKit framework is MUCH better under Sierra than under El Capitan. The text is much sharper with a non-Retina display.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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