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Setting up the Electric Book toolset on OSX

Setting up the EBW tools on Mac OSX

These steps have worked for us on several machines. Every machine's a bit different, so your mileage may vary.

I've written up guidance for installing Jekyll on Windows here.

  1. Install Homebrew (without XCode -- you do not need to install XCode!). This is done in two steps from the Terminal. See ryanwinchester.ca/posts/installing-homebrew-without-xcode. Essentially:

    1. Install XCode developer tools (lets Homebrew work):

    xcode-select --install

    1. Install Homebrew (lets you install things easily):

    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

    On some systems, this doesn't work and you need to include the full path to Ruby:

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

  2. Install the latest Ruby:

    brew install ruby

    To check whether that worked, enter ruby --version. If it doesn't list a recent version of Ruby (2.4 or later), you may have to add the new version to your path.

  3. Install Jekyll:

    gem install jekyll

  4. Install Bundler:

    gem install bundler

  5. Download and install PrinceXML. See princexml.com/doc/installing for instructions.

  6. Install PhantomJS, if you're making print-pdf books with maths. Download from phantomjs.org. Extract the zip archive and copy the phantomjs executable file in bin to your machine's /usr/local/bin folder.

  7. Install Pandoc if you're going to export to Word:

    brew install pandoc

  8. Install GitHub Desktop for version control. See desktop.github.com. (Note that Git isn't easy to understand, but it's worth the effort.)

  9. Install a good text/code editor. I like Sublime Text 3. Brackets is also good. (Atom is lovely, but has a markdown bug.)

  10. If your project uses Gulp (e.g. to create web-optimised images):

    1. install Node.js
    2. install gulp: npm install --global gulp-cli
    3. Install GraphicsMagick: brew install graphicsmagick
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