** What's in the package **
MacTeX-2012 installs the complete TeX Live 2012 distribution. TeX Live runs on all modern operating systems, including Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, and various forms of BSD Unix. The distribution is the same on all of these systems; nothing has been added, subtracted, or modified to make it work on OS X. The decision to install the complete distribution rather than a useful subset is the result of advice from users new to TeX, who explained that when everything is installed, examples from books about TeX all just work.
MacTeX-2012 consists of several packages; a custom install option allows users to select which packages to install. The packages are
To discover what is installed by MacTeX-2012 and where it goes, read the linked document:
"What Is Installed"
- GUI Applications: BibDesk,
the spell checker Excalibur, and some documentation
- Ghostscript 9.05
- The "convert" utility from ImageMagick 6.7.6-9.
- Latin Modern and TeX Gyre fonts (these fonts are already in TeX Live, but the packages make them available to ordinary Macintosh applications)
- TeX Live 2012, the actual TeX distribution
A smaller BasicTeX Distribution
If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, you can use the much, much smaller BasicTeX distribution available on the Smaller Packages page. Some users with fast connections prefer this package because of its small footprint; it is adequate for most TeX work.