[OS X TeX] TeXPad on iOS issues

Stephen Lienhard stephenl at 2bike4.com
Tue Oct 17 13:15:47 EDT 2017

I use the latest generation 12.9 iPad Pro with TexPad.  Near instant compilation times with 50+ page documents.  Same for previous generation 12.9.  Mostly everyone I know that uses the 12.9 with TexPad and an external or smart keyboard are very happy with compile times.

Did you try the typesetting in the cloud option?  Also, I heard they are working on a new update which will typeset on the fly in a way that only updates what you just typed.  Maybe you can ask to be a beta tester to see if that improves your situation.


> On Oct 6, 2017, at 9:39 PM, Warren Nagourney <wna at u.washington.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks.
> Warren Nagourney
> 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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