VTeX/Free v8.44.2 - the free VTeX distribution for OS/2 and Linux


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What is VTeX/Free ?

VTeX/Free is a TeX distribution, which is built around the VTeX program. VTeX is an implementation of the TeX typesetting engine, including the eTeX extensions. VTeX can generate PDF or PostScript output immediately from the TeX source file. The distribution includes Plain TeX, a LaTeX system with many additional packages and fonts, and the Bibtex and Makeindex programs.

In contrast to traditional TeX systems, no intermediate DVI files need to be generated, no DVI driver programs are required, and there is no need to take care of their sometimes fussy setup. The common PostScript and PDF viewers Ghostscript and Adobe Reader (Acrobat) are to be used for (pre)viewing and printing. Output from VTeX is immediately suitable for public distribution, e.g., over the www, since PDF and PostScript are standardized document formats.

VTeX/Free comes in two variants:

VTeX has a built-in Postcript interpreter (GeX) and supports

Packages such as PStricks, PSfrag and draftcopy can be used with VTeX. and are part of the distribution. The Hyperref features are supported in both PDF and PostScript mode. PDF encryption is available without external tools.

Beside the standard Computer Modern fonts, VTeX/Free includes lots of other free Type 1 fonts and the macro packages to use them:

Actually, VTeX/Free is a partial port of the VTeX/Win TeX system by MicroPress Inc. It does, however, not include the shell and/or visual tools and does not support HTML and SVG generation. The good news is that VTeX/Free comes for free.


What is new ?

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The number of files in the distribution as well as their names have changed, as compared with the previous releases.


Downloading and installing the OS/2 port

Requirements

VTeX/2 requires Warp 3, Warp4.x or eComStation, and at least 16Mb of physical memory.

Installation instructions

VTeX/2 can either be installed as a standalone TeX system for OS/2 or on top of an existing emTeX/TDS, version 0.56. See the file readme-os2.eng for the installation instructions. Please, read this before downloading.

Download

vtexinst.cmd
REXX installation script
vtex2-8442.zip
(1.7 MB).
vtex-base-8442.zip
(7.1 MB)
vtex-base2-8442.zip
(4.8 MB)
vtex-fonts-8442.zip
(12.8 MB)
vtex-fonts2.zip
(24.5 MB; unchanged since version 7.53)
vtex-special-8442.zip
(2.4 MB)
vtex-doc-8442.zip
(1.4 MB;)
vtex-koma.zip
(2.7 MB, optional; includes only the KOMA-Script collection for LaTeX )
vtex-cbfonts.zip
(8.9 MB, optional; Greek Computer Modern fonts)
vtex-sem.zip
(0.4 MB, optional; includes only the LaTeX packages Seminar and Prosper)
vtex-gex.zip
(6.6 MB, optional; includes only the documentation for VTeX's built-in PostScript interpreter)


Downloading and installing the Linux port

Requirements

VTeX/Lnx requires Linux on the Intel (x86) platform with the glibc libraries, and at least 16Mb of physical memory.

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VTeX/Lnx 8.x may require a not too old Linux distribution to work properly. This includes, for instance, SuSE 7.1 or later. If you experience any problems running VTeX/Lnx with your Linux, please, report to the maillist, so we can try to provide a workaround.

Installation instructions

See the file readme-linux.eng for the installation instructions. Please, read this before downloading!

Download

vtexlnx-8442.zip
(1.9 MB).
vtex-base-8442.zip
(7.1 MB)
vtex-base2-8442.zip
(4.8 MB)
vtex-fonts-8442.zip
(12.8 MB)
vtex-fonts2.zip
(24.5 MB; unchanged since version 7.53)
vtex-special-8442.zip
(2.4 MB)
vtex-doc-8442.zip
(1.4 MB;)
vtex-koma.zip
(2.7 MB, optional; includes only the KOMA-Script collection for LaTeX )
vtex-cbfonts.zip
(8.9 MB, optional; Greek Computer Modern fonts)
vtex-sem.zip
(0.4 MB, optional; includes only the LaTeX packages Seminar and Prosper)
vtex-gex.zip
(6.6 MB, optional; includes only the documentation for VTeX's built-in PostScript interpreter)


Mirror sites

The above links point to the original distribution site, i.e., the CTAN node at Hamburg, Germany. Alternatively, download from one of the the mirror sites: Note that updated files may need 24 hours to propagate from the original distribution site to the other CTAN nodes.


Additional third-party software

The EPM TeX Front End is a powerful integrated TeX environment for OS/2, which is based on the EPM editor. It can be used with VTeX/2 as well as with emTeX. Using the latest version 4.x is recommended.


Support and feedback

The NTG hosts a mailing list that can be used both to ask questions and to report bugs in the software and/or installation. New version will also be announced there. The list has a web interface to subscribe, unsubscribe, browse the list archive etc.

If you are using the software, being on the maillist is a very good idea. This is the way to be informed about the newest features, about problems others encountered (and how they were solved), it is also the way to voice your opinion about our development and have it count.

Your feedback is very valuable to us. We have spent a plenty of efforts in making this software and the distribution and we need your feedback to know how to make it yet better. If you encounter a bug, or a inconsistency in the documentation, or if you see a way to make things work smoother, please share it with us on the maillist.


Related Projects

The VTeX compiler can use a variety of fonts; many support font packages were written by Walter Schmidt and are available from his home page. MicroPress also provides a number of commercial font addons, which can be found here.

MicroPress is currently developing a prototype of "the next thing" after TeX: a fully WYSIWYG TeX-based system. While MicroIMP is currently Windows-only, it is known to run on Linux under Windows emulators like VMWare and Wine. You can learn more about MicroIMP and download a beta copy of it at the MicroIMP site.


Credits

The OS/2 and Linux ports have been done primarily by Michael Vulis. The distribution and the documentation are maintained by Walter Schmidt. Additional thanks to Domald Arseneau, Jon Babcock, Denis Girou, Taco Hoekwater, Christoph Kloeters, Alexander Mai, Bernd Mulansky, Reinhard Zierke, DANTE e.V., and others for their help and advice. Special thanks to Heiko Oberdiek for constantly improving the Hyperref support and to Herbert Voss for maintaining the Linux-specific part of the distribution.


Legal stuff

MicroPress and VTeX are trademarks of MicroPress, Inc. The MicroPress' components of the VTeX/2 distribution are
Copyright (C) 1998-2005 by MicroPress Inc.
The MicroPress' components of the VTeX/2 distribution are free for personal use, subject to the following restriction:
Redistribution is allowed only as a part of a complete VTeX/2 or VTeX/Lnx system, and only if the above-mentioned files remain unchanged and are distributed as a whole.
Adobe, Acrobat and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.


Last modified: 2005-02-11 (WaS)