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Software by Andrew Trevorrow

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OzTeX is a freeware Mac implementation of Donald Knuth's TeX typesetting system. TeX is mainly used in the academic community for the production of theses, papers and books, or wherever high-quality output is desired. It is particularly good at typesetting mathematics.

OzTeX includes all the popular formats and macro packages. Plain TeX, LaTeX, AMS-TeX, AMS-LaTeX and REVTeX are all installed and ready to run.


The OzTeX application includes TeX, INITEX, a DVI previewer, a DVI-to-PostScript translator (Tom Rokicki's dvips), and drivers for PostScript and QuickDraw printers. It also includes dvidvi, dvicopy, and Angus Duggan's PostScript utilities (psbook, psnup, psselect and pstops).

OzTeX's previewer has many features that make it easy to proofread DVI files:

  • Lots of mouse/keyboard short cuts.
  • Click to temporarily magnify any part of the page.
  • Dithering of PK fonts and bitmap graphics.
  • Supports outline fonts (TrueType or PostScript).
  • Virtual fonts are processed on the fly.
  • Supports most \special commands generated by LaTeX packages.
  • Recognizes all dvips \specials (silently ignores some, like rotation).
  • Supports hypertext links, including links to other DVI files and URLs.
  • Can preview PICT-less EPS files on OS X (by calling Ghostscript).

OzTeX is easy to extend and customize. A Default configuration file is read when OzTeX starts up; it contains a host of parameters for setting up search paths, telling TeX how much memory to allocate for various arrays, specifying which TFMs are for PostScript fonts, etc. All your personal changes can be made in a Local config file that is loaded immediately after the Default file. The Config menu also makes it easy to load other config files at any time.


OzMF is a Mac implementation of Knuth's Metafont program for creating bitmap fonts. It also contains a number of other useful tools for font hackers: MakeTeXPK, GFtoPK, GFtoDVI, GFtype, PKtype, TFtoPL, PLtoTF, VFtoVP, VPtoVF and AFM2TFM. Each tool can process all input files in a selected folder. OzTeX can call MakeTeXPK to make missing PK fonts on demand.


OzMP is a Mac implementation of John Hobby's MetaPost program for producing PostScript pictures using a Metafont-like language.


OzTtH is a Mac implementation of TtH, a TeX to HTML translator by Ian Hutchinson. Note that TtH is only free for non-commercial use. For commercial enquiries please visit the TtH site.


OzTeX comes with a 72-page user guide, including a comprehensive index. The LaTeX source file is provided. Here's the table of contents:
  • Introduction
  • A guided tour of OzTeX
    • Starting OzTeX
    • Choosing an editor
    • Editing a TeX input file
    • Running TeX
    • Viewing a DVI file
      • Setting the default view
      • Paper coordinates
      • Zooming in and out
      • Scrolling around
      • Checking for errors
      • Selecting pages
      • Mouse short cuts
      • Keyboard short cuts
      • Switching to your editor
    • Printing a DVI file
      • Non-PostScript printing
      • Low-level PostScript printing
      • Standard PostScript printing
      • Forcing PostScript printing
    • Positioning pages correctly
    • Continuing from where you left off
  • OzTeX's menus
    • The File menu
    • The Edit menu
    • The TeX menu
    • The View menu
    • The Tools menu
    • The Config menu
    • The Help menu
  • Configuration files
    • The required syntax
    • Path names
      • Unix path syntax
      • Mac path syntax
      • Symbolic links and aliases
      • Path names in input files
    • Search paths and subfolder expansion
    • The Default configuration files
    • The Local configuration file
    • Creating your own configuration files
    • Changing keyboard shortcuts
    • Adding extra tools
  • Calling Unix commands
    • Changing the shell
    • Changing PATH
  • OzTeX on OS X
    • Advantages
    • Known problems
    • Using teTeX's texmf tree
    • Tips for Unix beginners
    • The plst resource
  • Task lists: a simple scripting facility
    • Waiting for an application to finish
    • File-specific tasks
    • Using menu items to "drop" files
  • LaTeX
    • Installing a new package
    • Using LaTeX 2.09
  • Building format files
    • Building big formats
    • Building custom formats
  • Fonts
    • TFM files
    • Creating new TFM files
    • PK files
    • PostScript fonts
      • Reencoding PostScript fonts
      • Downloading PostScript fonts
      • PostScript fonts on a non-PostScript printer
      • PostScript or Computer Modern?
    • Macintosh screen fonts
    • Encoding files
    • Virtual fonts
  • OzMF
    • Making PK fonts on demand
    • Making TFM files
    • Setting the Metafont mode
  • OzMP
  • OzTtH
    • Downloading fonts used in EPSF files
  • Creating PDF files
    • PDF via dvips
    • Ghostscript or Distiller?
    • PDF via pdfTeX or dvipdfm
  • Graphics
    • Including Macintosh graphic files
    • Previewing EPS files
    • Compatibility with other DVI translators
    • Including PostScript files
    • Rotating TeX material
    • Color
    • HyperTeX
  • Recovering from errors
    • Errors while loading a configuration file
    • Errors while loading an encoding file
    • Errors while running TeX
    • Errors while viewing a DVI file
    • Errors while printing a DVI file
  • Miscellany
    • Changing resource data
    • Transferring TFM/VF/PK/DVI files
    • Getting more information
  • References
  • Index

Mailing list

All OzTeX users are welcome to join the oztex mailing list. Details on how to subscribe are here:


My thanks to TUG for hosting the list. Note that it is for discussing topics and problems related to OzTeX. If you have a more general question, like how to do such-and-such in LaTeX, please post it to the comp.text.tex newsgroup. Before sending a question to the list, please see if the OzTeX FAQ has the answer.

System requirements

OzTeX and the other Oz* apps are Intel-only apps that run natively on OS 10.4 or later.

Download the latest version

To get the latest version of OzTeX (6), click here. The .zip file is about 10MB. After unpacking it, make sure you read the instructions in the supplied Read-Me file.

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