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2.3 DVI File

TeX (and subsequently LaTeX) originally created DVI (DeVice Independent) files instead of PDF files.2.3 However, although there are free DVI viewers, not many people have them installed, so it's really only TeX users who can read them. Also, you can't embed image files in a DVI file or have fancy effects, such as rotation. Instead, people can use TeX/LaTeX to create a DVI file and then use an application to convert the DVI file to PostScript.

These days PDF is the preferred platform-independent format, and with the advent of PDFTeX, modern TeX/LaTeX users can directly create PDF documents rather than going through the DVI route. Some people still prefer to create DVI files as an intermediate step, particularly if they want to embed PostScript instructions (as is done by the pstricks package). For simplicity, this book assumes that you have a modern TeX distribution and are using PDFLaTeX rather than LaTeX⇒DVI.


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There was no PDF back then.

This book is also available as A4 PDF or 12.8cm x 9.6cm PDF or paperback (ISBN 978-1-909440-00-5).

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