Flashmode enables simultaneous typesetting as Textures did and still does in classic mode. When Flashmode is started, it looks for the front most document in BBEdit, gets its path and after that it is hooked for ever to this document as long as it stays open, i.e., a few split seconds after Flashmode has started the front most document in BBedit could be anything without doing any harm. Then Flashmode checks in regular intervals (default is 0.5 sec), the length of which is user definable, if its tex document has been modified, and if so, it initiates a save, a pdflatex run, and asks TeXniscope to refresh the front most pdf. Flashmode can be invoked even if a document isn't typeset yet, but beware that is first action will be a typesetting command. An important feature is that tex syntax errors don't cause any error messages or disruptions of any kind, i.e., the pdf gets never corrupted, at least the pdf viewer is never aware of it, and the last refreshment is always visible; the pdf viewer will never complain. Thus, the user never gets any error messages; the presence of errors can only be deduced from the pdf window which then doesn't change any more; of course the errors will be reported in the log file and can be looked up.When the tex document is unmodified, Flashmode stays put in the background with very little CPU load: on my machine the total load would be 200% and the idle Flashmode has about 2.7%, i.e., Flashmode can stay open as long as one wishes without any bad side effects. Only when one wants to run a different tex document in Flashmode, then it has to quit first, or one of the copies has to be started. While Flashmode is active, the source document can be typeset independently by other scripts or commands, especially other tex tools like bibtex can be run without any interference by Flashmode.
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.1 Mac OS X 10.0 Mac OS X 10.3 Macintosh Mac OS X 10.2|
|System Requirements||Flashmode requires only a fairly complete tetex installation, preferably Gerben Wierda's distribution; BBEdit 7 or better as editor; and TeXniscope v. 0.3.3 or better by Massimiliano Gubinelli as pdf viewer. No further tex scripts are necessary, they are all provided. |
On a G5@2.5GHz it is a real joy running Flashmode, while it is a bit slow on an old G4@500MHz. A Power Mac G5 is recommended.