I'm not completely satisfied with TeXShop's internal editor (especially about line breaking), but I would like to keep using TeXShop for its neat visualization engine and sync features (inverse and forward search). Is it possible to keep those functionalities, or at least a decent inverse search, while using an external editor with TeXShop? If so, do you have any suggestions about a suitable editor for Mac?

  • Why not use some other editor which has inverse and forward search? (Emacs works, for instance.) – ShreevatsaR May 13 '11 at 19:14

Take a look at this page about using TeXShop with an external editor. You can configure TeXShop to open files in another editor, and if that editor can run unix commands, TeXShop provides executables for its interactive compiling.

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  • But probably not sync. Not sure. – Matthew Leingang May 13 '11 at 10:46
  • Thanks! I had already read that, but it gave me no hint about syncing. So far I only tried with vim, but cmd-clicking the PDF in TeXShop for inverse search had no effect. I wonder if I need to change some setting in TeXShop, use a more powerful editor (vim was just a try), or if I'm simply asking too much... – fudo May 13 '11 at 11:11
  • PDF syncing is still magic to me, but AFAIK it's an operating system library. So I believe that for an editor to support this it has to be really mac-aware. Is there a verision of vim that's well integrated as a mac app? – Matthew Leingang May 13 '11 at 11:32
  • I don't think so. And I'm not a big vim fan; it's just the only other editor that I have already installed and that came to my mind. I would be happy to use another editor, if that worked. Thanks again... – fudo May 13 '11 at 12:22
  • just found the TeXShop + MacVim ? question among the Related ones, going to research a bit. – fudo May 13 '11 at 12:26

As of TeXShop 4.24, Prof. Richard Koch has included a preliminar synchronisation from the viewer to the editor. It's currently implemented (as a general solution) by using an external script. From TeXShop, choose the menu Help->Changes to see how it can be made to work with other editors.

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many many editors support this. Emacs and auctex does with the synctex package. So does texniccenter on windows.

It's not just for mac... but check out http://mactex-wiki.tug.org/wiki/index.php/SyncTeX

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    But can the OP use, for instance, Emacs and TeXShop in sync? – Matthew Leingang May 13 '11 at 16:48

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