I'm trying to make backward and forward search work between my pdf output in skim and my tex file in macvim with 'vim latex suite' using PDFSync. I think I did everything well, as when I CMD-SHIFT-CLICK my pdf file I get into the tex file. Two issues :

  • if autofold is set in macvim it does not automatically defold my file when jumping the cursor. This would be useful especially when browsing my pdf file for errors and not have to defold every section in my tex file by hand.
  • disregarding previous folding issue, the cursor appears on the correct line in my tex file. I'd like to have it on the right word. Especially when the sentence covers several lines.

Basically, I'd like to have the same behavior I had when using texshop with its internal editor and using CMD-CLICK.

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    Perhaps wolke23.at/2010/07/… may help you.
    – egreg
    Jun 14, 2011 at 16:33
  • @egreg. Thanks! The folding issue is resolved. But it still brings the cursor to the beginning of the line instead of on the right word... A behavior I'd like to reproduce from texshop.
    – Nigu
    Jun 14, 2011 at 18:25
  • Take Macro Lombardi's answer, in vim set tw=80
    – Yan Zhou
    Jun 16, 2011 at 22:27

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As far as I know, this is not possible. PDFSync (but SyncTeX too, which is better designed than PDFSync and should be used instead) maintains a file .pdfsync that basically saves positional information for each line of the input source. That basically means that it is not possible to have finer data, for example at a word level.

A good practice, when using these packages, is to avoid particularly long lines and keeping them a length not exceeding, say, 70 characters: it is then almost immediate to find the correct word.

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