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Document 719

Adding a DVI or PDF TeX formatter

Version: 4x & 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

If you have access to another TeX systems, you may be able to use it with SWP and SW. To add a different TeX formatter for typesetting a DVI or PDF file, modify the existing DVI or PDF formatter settings:

NoteDo not attempt to modify the settings unless you are very familiar with TeX and LaTeX.

  1. From the Typeset menu, choose Expert Settings.

  2. Choose the DVI Format Settings or PDF Format Settings tab.

  3. Scroll the list of available formatters to select the one you want to use as the basis for the new formatter and then choose Add/Modify.

    Make sure the formatter is compatible with the print driver and preview driver being used on your system.

  4. In the Name for TeX to DVI formatter box or Name for TeX to PDF formatter box, enter a name for the new formatter.

  5. In the Executable filename box, enter the name and location of the executable file for the formatter.

  6. In the .ini filename box, enter the name and location of the .ini file for the formatter.

  7. Enter the TeX command to invoke the formatter.

    The command lines vary depending on the formatter you select. Use the syntax and commands in the Parameter macros section of the dialog box as a guide to the command syntax.

    ImportantMake sure the command syntax is correct. When you typeset your document, the program substitutes values for the specified settings and calls the selected formatter. However, it doesn't attempt to determine whether the syntax you enter will work correctly. The settings are recorded in the system registry. If they are incorrect, your document won't be typeset and your system might not operate properly.

  8. Enter a name for the TeX format file.

    The default value is latex_ml.

  9. If you want to change the name of the formatter as it appears in compilation messages, enter the new name in the Display appearance box.

  10. If the formatter requires the TrueTeX command handler, check Use TrueTeX command handler.

    Note that preinstalled formatters already have correct settings.

  11. If you want to set up the formatter using a batch file, check Run in new command console.

  12. Select the character set to be used by the new formatter.

    NoteUnless you are using a version of TeX (such as pTeX) that can process non-ASCII characters, the default setting, ASCII (Normal), is appropriate for all documents, including international documents to be typeset with the Lambda system.

  13. If you make an error, choose Revert to original and enter the settings again.

  14. Choose OK.

Added 04/24/06

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