I've got a 'living' document that I re-visit every couple of months which I originally developed using MiKTeX and WinEdt on Windows. I'm quite comfortable with this, and quite like the functionality in MiKTeX to download needed packages on the fly as the document is being rendered.
I'm looking to add an OS X workstation into the mix of machines which can access and edit this, but I'm a bit lost amongst the range of different possible toolchains I could use to edit. I'm trying to achieve roughly the same amount of functionality that I have with WinEdt, specifically:
- A decent text editor with syntax highlighting and the ability to render an output and then open it directly from the editor
- Ability for the Tex installation to download needed packages and components on the fly - I don't want to have to install gigabytes worth of unneeded TeX packages just for a couple of documents who will never use them.
From what I can see, TeXShop and TeX Live require the full MacTeX installation to be downloaded and installed, which seems to be a bit excessive. There is a smaller MacTeX download, but it's not clear how it handles the case where a package is required which isn't included in the smaller distribution.
What can people recommend? Is TeXShop/MacTeX what most people use on OS X? Or is there a much more obvious 1-stop solution that I've missed?