TeXlips - A MiKTeX GUI for NoteTab

The NoteTab clipbook library TeXlips has been designed to help the novice and the experienced MiKTeX user to run TeX and friends applications in a convenient and user friendly manner. The clip programming language in NoteTab is powerful and flexible enough to make this possible and hopefully TeXlips is able to fulfill its task of being the glue that binds the editor, the Windows operating system, and MiKTeX into a well integrated TeX system.


The TeXlips clipbook library has been tested on computers running Windows 95b (OSR2), 98, 98SE, and NT4 with service pack 3 and 4. Hopefully, it'll run just fine under all Windows 95 versions as well as under Windows NT with SP 5 and 6 and under Windows 2000. Don't hesitate to let me know either way!


In order to benefit from the TeX launch commands in this clipbook library, you must have MiKTeX installed on your computer. Preferably version 1.20e (or later) since e.g. some of the clips rely on the maintenance/configuration program INITEXMF.EXE with its various new options. The file TeXlips 1.20.clb doesn't (or at least shouldn't) work with emTeX, fpTeX (32-bit web2c implementation), or 4TeX unless you tweak it through the Launch any program clip, but most clips should work with (some of the) previous MiKTeX versions (e.g. 1.11).

To benefit from "TeXlips 1.20" you should make sure that you've got NoteTab version 4.6a (or later). The clips won't work with older versions (prior to 4.6) of NoteTab since they do not support (the bulk of) NoteTab's latest scripting commands. Given the version requirement, they should, however, work with both commercial members of the NoteTab family, i.e. with NoteTab Std and NoteTab Pro. Most, if not all clips, won't work with NoteTab Light, the freeware version, unless the version number is 4.8 (or later).

In fact, to make the most out of TeXlips I recommend that you use version 4.8 (or later) of NoteTab. That way you have access to TeXlips' clips from the clipbar (a special toolbar) and can thus launch the clips via the clipbar buttons! Note, however, that NoteTab Lite 4.8 does not support the clipbar, only the commercial and trial versions do.

TeXlips files

If you satisfy these prerequisites, the library is installed by unzipping the TeXlips.zip file to a temporary folder (MS lingo for directory), e.g. C:\TEMP\, and by copying or moving all the (.clb;.clh;.ctb) files, i.e.

TeXlips 1.20.ctb
TeXlips 1.20.clb
TeXlips 1.20.clh
e-TeXlips 1.20.ctb
pdfTeXlips 1.20.ctb
Omega-TeXlips 1.20.ctb
AMS-LaTeX for TeXlips.clb
LaTeX2e for TeXlips.clb

to your Libraries folder for NoteTab, e.g.


and the file

TeXlips New TeX File.tpl

to NoteTab's Templates directory. Icons for the clipbar buttons are availble in the file TeXlips_icons.zip. Unzip these into NoteTab's Libraries directory if you plan to use the clipbar.

Configure TeXlips

To configure the library you also need to know where certain critical executables are located on your computer. There are 12 default directories for these but you can override the default directories by specifying user-defined directories. This is achieved by running the clip called TeXlips maintenance and selecting the "Change TeXlips directory settings" option. More information about the default and the user-defined directories is given below under the header Directory Structure in TeXlips.

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Last Updated: February 17, 2004
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