TeX Tools for OS X



MacGhostView is a general purpose Postscript previewer for OS X which uses X11. It does not require a TeX installation and can be used to convert Postscript files to other formats.


The programs discussed below require a complete TeXLive installation in OS X. If you have installed TeXLive and ghostscript in OS X you already have all of the tools you need for a complete TeX installation except for a dvi previewer. You do not have to modify your TeXLive installation in any way in order to use these programs.

MacDviX 3.9.2

MacDviX is a true dvi previewer for OS X which does not use X11 and integrates easily with TeXLive. MacDviX uses the TeXLive texmf tree to load tfm and vf files and uses the TeXLive program mktexpk to generate missing pk fonts. It will automatically update the preview of an opened dvi file if that file is changed by another program. With MacDviX the user can easily switch between tex source files and a dvi file when debugging tex sources. This program is shareware, with a registration fee of $20 US for a single license. Registration instructions are included in the package. Version 3.9.2 was released in November 2014. It is a Universal Binary and requires Mac OS 10.4 or later. It has been tested under Mac OS 10.10

BBEdit extensions for TeXLive

If you use BBEdit or TextWrangler as a text editor with TeXLive I have written a suite of plug-ins that allow you to run tex, pdftex, dvips, ps2pdf, pdfsync, etc, from your editor. The latest version is 3.0 and it contains a Universal plug-in for the Intel Macintosh.