Install MacTeX with TeXlipse on OS X
From the moment I started using LaTeX on OS X, I was looking for a good editor. The most promising ones where TeXShop, which comes with mac distribution of LaTex, and of course BBEdit, as it is the best text editor on OS X I know. Turning BBEdit into a LaTex editor didn’t go that well, so I used TeXShop and got used to it.
However, these days I came across TeXlipse, a plugin to turn Eclipse into a LaTeX editor. As I’m used to to Eclipse by the time, I gave it a try and must say that it’s much better and much more handy than TeXShop.
Hence I decided to document the steps needed to get to this setup.
Here’s how you install MacTeX, Eclipse and TeXlipse on OS X Leopard.
Download and install the MacTeX distribution to set up LaTeX on your system. This is a package installer. So just double-click the downloaded package and follow the installation process.
The installation process is painless. Just move the unpacked source to your Applications folder.
There’s an install How-to on the TeXlipse page.
There’s a configuration How-to on the same page as well, but here we need to set the configuration to use the MacTex installation.
bin/ directory of TeX distribution to your TeX installation directory:
/usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal-x86_64-darwin) and hit the Apply button.
Most of the programs in the list named Programs used when building: will be set. If something is missing, take a look at the following screenshot of my Builder Settings.
I set the acroread to /usr/bin/open with the arguments %file as showed in the following screenshot.
The other settings are shown in the next screenshotof my Viewer Settings.
Now that everything is installed, just create a new LaTeX project and enjoy the advantages that Eclipse and TeXlipse offer over TeXShop, e.g the Document Outline.