[OS X TeX] TeXPad on iOS issues
wna at u.washington.edu
Fri Oct 6 21:39:29 EDT 2017
I have been using TeXPad on an iPad Air 2 and am having some issues. I am not sure many people on the list have used TeXPad, but with the increasing power of iPad CPUs and the extreme portability of the iPad, I have wanted to move my desktop publishing to this platform (especially with iOS 11, which makes productivity in iOS much easier). So far, I am not very happy with the results.
First, TeXPad is very slow - about 10 times slower than a MacBook which benchmarks less than twice as fast as the iPad. Second, there are frequent hangs of up to 20 seconds when typesetting a modest size document (a 40 page chapter of my recent book).I have tried it with the network off (WIFI off) to remove slow network speeds as a possible cause. Finally, the editor seems to have a fairly steep learning curve.
Has anyone had similar issues? Although iOS 11 is a big step up for iPad productivity, I am still not sure that it is a good platform for desktop publishing in math and science. I hope that this improves in the near future.
ps. I appreciate that this is a Mac centric site, but when I asked a similar question a few years ago, the topic of iOS apps was considered acceptable.
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