[TxMt] Re: Speed of latex in TM vs. TexShop

Ricki Gregersen rgj at texo.dk
Wed Oct 29 14:35:10 UTC 2008

I belive Jeroen is right. I have been running both texshop and TM for  
a month or so and the standard setting in TS is pdflatex which is  
faster but in my experience is more prone to errors.

Try setting them both to pdflatex and vice versa to narrow down if  
this is the issue.

Regards Ricki

On 29/10/2008, at 13.00, Jeroen van der Ham <jeroen at dckd.nl> wrote:

> Christopher Brewster wrote:
>> I am a passionate devotee to TM but I notice that latex compiles much
>> faster on TexShop than in TM.
>> Is there something I can do to improve the performance of TM?
>> TM takes 4-6  seconds to compile and display on skim.
>> TexShop takes 2-3 seconds.
> Is this using the same engine?
> If you're using latexmk.pl in TM, then it is almost guaranteed to take
> long, because it does all the necessary steps required for getting
> references and citations, etc. right.
> You can use the preferences of the latex bundle to set the engine  
> you're
> using. Try setting it to just pdflatex, and see if that makes a  
> difference.
>> Related to this is the question whether one can use a DVI viewer on
>> the Mac instead of pdf in order to speed things up.
>> I ask all this because a colleague whom I persuaded to move to the  
>> Mac
>> finds TM inordinately slow and wants to go back to Winedt on windows
>> because she finds the speed unbearable.
> In my experience generating a dvi or a pdf is about the same speed.
> But if you really want to use dvi's then an option is to use xdvi.
> Jeroen.
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