Last year I became aware of the fantastic free calc 3 book by Michael Corral. His website for it is here. I wanted to be able to compile the latex source files myself but couldn't get it to work on my mac or windows machines. I just gave it another try and finally succeeded on OS X.
Besides using his calc3book.sh script, I found it necessary to:
1) install pgf/tigz.
2) put picins.sty in my tex directory
3) Put the metapost files from m3Dplain in my tex directory.
Its a beautifully done book, so I am excited to learn some of the tricks Corral uses.