CTAN update: preview
ctan-ann at dante.de
Fri Jun 9 11:54:15 CEST 2006
On Thu, 8 Jun 2006, David Kastrup submitted version 11.83 of the
Location on CTAN: macros/latex/contrib/preview
Thanks for the update.
> Release notes for AUCTeX 11.83 with preview-latex
> AUCTeX provides by far the most wide-spread and sophisticated
> environment for editing LaTeX, TeX, ConTeXt and Texinfo documents with
> Emacs or XEmacs. Combined with packages like RefTeX, flyspell and
> others it is pretty much without peer as a comprehensive authoring
> solution for a large variety of operating system platforms and TeX
> distributions. It supports document-dependent completion and syntax
> highlighting, easily accessible menus, jumping to error locations in
> the source file, a number of editing shortcuts, intelligent
> indentation and filling of text during entry, and WYSIWYG previews of
> graphical elements like math formulas right in the Emacs source
> buffer, by virtue of its preview-latex component.
> One part of the preview-latex subsystem is the central `preview.sty'
> file that is independently useful for a number of applications and is
> available in unbundled form from CTAN.
> Interfaces and installation procedures in this release remain a moving
> target. If you feel you need to consult third-party installation
> instructions for some reason, be sure that they refer to the same
> version of AUCTeX as you are installing. For installing AUCTeX
> itself, the installation instructions in the AUCTeX package should be
> AUCTeX needs volunteers in particular for non-programming tasks:
> documentation writing, tutorials, translations, reference material,
> sleuth work, testing.
> New features and fixed bugs in this release
> The new function `TeX-doc' provides easy access to documentation about
> commands and packages or information related to TeX and friends in
> general. It is accessible with the key binding `C-c ?' or the `Find
> Documentation...' entry in the mode menus.
> You can now get rid of generated intermediate and output files by
> means of the new `Clean' and `Clean All' entries in `TeX-command-list'
> accessible with `C-c C-c' or the Command menu.
> Support for forward search with PDF files was added. That means you
> can jump to a place in the output file corresponding to the position
> in the source file. Currently this only works if you use the pdfsync
> LaTeX package and xpdf as your PDF viewer. The accuracy is in the
> range of +/-1 page.
> Adding support for this feature required the default value of the
> variable `TeX-output-view-style' to be changed. Please make sure you
> either remove any customizations overriding the new default or
> incorporate the changes into your customizations if you want to use
> this feature.
> The error parsing of AUCTeX as well as preview-latex now deals with
> -file-line-error type messages from newer web2c versions (earlier
> versions would omit the traditional error context, which will not
> The LaTeX tool bar is now enabled by default.
> A problem in preview-latex in connection with XyMTeX has been fixed.
> IMPORTANT: Many of the new features in the 11.x series rely on special
> properties in the variable `TeX-command-list' and will not work if you
> customized this variable for a pre-11.5x release of AUCTeX. If this
> is the case for you, please re-initialize the variable by erasing the
> customization, thereby setting the variable to the new default, and
> re-adding your changes afterwards.
> It is required that you use at least GNU Emacs 21 or XEmacs 21.4.
> XEmacs requires at least version 1.84 of the xemacs-base package
> (released on 01/27/2004) or a sumo tarball dated 02/02/2004 or newer
> for compiling AUCTeX: please use the XEmacs package system for
> upgrading if necessary. Warning: release 21.4.16 of XEmacs is
> severely broken. This leads to crashes and hangs; don't use it.
> The preview-latex subsystem requires image support. This is available
> with GNU Emacs 21.3 under the X window system. For Windows, MacOS
> Carbon or native GTK+ toolkit support, a developer version of
> GNU Emacs (to be released as 22.1) is definitely required. A recent
> developer version of GNU Emacs appears like the best choice even on
> X11, however. If you prefer XEmacs-21, it will work in version
> 21.4.10 or later.
> You'll also need a working LaTeX installation and Ghostscript.
> dvipng (version 1.4 or later: teTeX-3.0 works, TeXlive2004 not), a
> very fast dvi converter, can be used to speed up the conversion.
> AUCTeX can be downloaded in various formats from
> <URL:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex/>. At release time, we provide
> the source tarball, source and binary RPMs for Emacs under Fedora
> and SUSE, and a platform-independent XEmacs package file (which you
> have to install yourself using XEmacs' own package system, after using
> it for removing the previous version of AUCTeX). There are also RPMs
> just for installing the LaTeX part of preview (AUCTeX itself does not
> need them, but possibly other applications). The easiest way for
> using AUCTeX, of course, is using versions of Emacs that already
> include AUCTeX (check the footnotes below).
> RPMs with minor version 1 are built from the spec file in the tarball which
> should work on both SUSE as well as Fedora. The source RPMs should also work
> for rebuilding RPMs on other RPM-based distributions. (We have only tested
> SUSE and Fedora, though.)
> The XEmacs package file can be discerned by `pkg' in its name. It is
> usually more recent and functional than what gets distributed from
> XEmacs servers and as part of the Sumo tarball.
> A separate directory for each release contains some stuff from the
> tarball, such as ChangeLog, printable manuals, and a reference sheet.
> The download area is mirrored to the directory support/auctex on CTAN.
> AUCTeX is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.
> You'll find more information at the web site of AUCTeX
> <URL:http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/>, including its mailing list
> Future development and additional information
> AUCTeX is proceeding as a GNU project with the long-term intent of
> merging it into Emacs. For that reason, all new contributors need to
> assign copyright to their contributions to the FSF (the usual
> procedure for Emacs contributors). The same holds for past
> contributors. The principal authors and maintainers have already done
> so, but it would require a diligent and diplomatic volunteer to find
> and ask the rest.
> Current project manager is David Kastrup. Paypal contributions to
> <URL:mailto:auctex at gnu.org> would be appreciated in order to
> compensate for time, money and hardware required for presenting AUCTeX
> at conferences. Extensions may be commissioned: enquire on the
> developer list (see above). Other than that, volunteering for tasks
> remains the most effective way of helping AUCTeX development.
> The following people contributed to this release series (in
> alphabetical order): Ralf Angeli, Masayuki Ataka, Thomas Baumann,
> Berend de Boer, Miguel Frasson, Peter S. Galbraith, Patrick Gundlach,
> Yvon Hevel, Arne Jørgensen, David Kastrup, Ikumi Keita, Frank Küster,
> Jan-Åke Larsson, Dan Nicolaescu, Piet van Oostrum, Davide
> G. M. Salvetti, Mike Sperber, Reiner Steib, Christian Schlauer, Shiro
> Takeda, Mark Trettin (Please accept our apologies if we forgot
>  <URL:ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/preview/>
>  You can get a precompiled version of CVS Emacs for Windows e.g. at
> <URL:http://ourcomments.org/Emacs/EmacsW32.html>. A version with
> AUCTeX preinstalled can be found at
>  Precompiled versions of Emacs for Mac OS X can be found e.g. at
> <URL:http://yaced.sf.net/> (including AUCTeX) and
>  Debian provides precompiled GTK+ Emacs packages in its `unstable'
> distribution (look for `emacs-snapshot-gtk'). Packages for Fedora can
> be found at <URL:http://people.redhat.com/petersen/emacs/>.
>  If making use of the precompiled variants is not an option for
> you, instructions for checking out the CVS version straight from the
> GNU's mouth can be found at
>  dvipng is available via its project page
> <URL:http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/dvipng> and from CTAN.
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