I recently installed TeXShop, and proceeded to write some code and tried to preview it. Unfortunately, I got an error message:

   Can't find required tool.
    /usr/texbin/simpdftex does not exist.
Perhaps TeXLive as not installed or was removed during a system upgrade.
If so, go to the TeXShop website and follow the instructions to (re)install TexLive.
Another possibility is that a tool path is incorrectly configured in TeXShop preferences.
This can happen if you are using the fink teTeX distribution.

I proceeded to install the complete version of TeX Live. After restarting TeXShop, I find that I get the exact same error above. I checked my /usr/texbin directory and found no such directory! Furthermore, I looked at my preferences and noticed under my path settings were set as follows:

(pdf)TeX: /usr/texbin
Distiller (ghostscript): /usr/local/bin

Should I change either of these paths? Should I reinstall TeXShop?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Did you install using the MacTeX version of TeX Live? That's what TeXShop assumes. I would recommend that you do that. If you did that and you're still having problems, try quitting out of TeXShop and deleting your TeXShop preferences. It's ~/Library/Preferences/TeXShop.plist You can get to the ~/Library folder using the Go menu in the Finder. Alternatively, perhaps the following will help: How do I restore my TeX path.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 17, 2013 at 3:32
  • @AlanMunn: How do I obtain the MacTeX version of TeXLive?
    – Paul
    Jan 17, 2013 at 3:52
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    tug.org/mactex Most Mac users here will assume you have that installed, since it is bullet proof, and with very few exceptions, we all use it.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 17, 2013 at 3:54
  • @AlanMunn: Thanks! I just installed MacTeX and everything works perfectly now.
    – Paul
    Jan 17, 2013 at 18:03
  • good to hear. We'll close this question as "too localized" so that it doesn't hang around unanswered.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 17, 2013 at 18:12


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