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Direc­tory dviware/dvipdfm

   This is dvipdfm, a DVI to PDF translator.  I wrote this mainly as
exercise to get at the features of PDF I wanted to experiment with. You're
probably wondering why I don't use PDFTeX.  I am a bit of a purist and I
would rather use TeX unmodified as Donald Knuth left it.
You can get it or the manual from


or if you prefer FTP:

      - TeX \special's that approximate the functionality 
        of the PostScript pdfmarks used by Adobe's
	Acrobat Distiller.  Links, outlines, articles, and named
	destinations are supported, for example.
      - Ability to include PDF, JPEG, and PNG files
        as embedded images.  For PDF files, only the first
        page is included.  Resources will be embedded from
	the original file as necessary.  File inclusion
	does not work for PDF files that store the page
	contents in several segments in an array.

      - Support for thumbnails (with a little help from GhostScript).
      - Re-encoding support for PostScript fonts.  dvipdfm
        uses the same .enc files as dvips.  The mapfile is different.
      - Virtual font support.	
      - Support for arbitrary linear graphics transformations.
        Any material on the page can be scaled and rotated.

      - An internal color stack accessible via \special's.

      - Beginning of page (BOP) and end of page (EOP)
        \special's for placing arbitrary PDF stream
	graphics on every page.
      - Partial font embedding and Flate compression
        for reduced file size.
      - Balanced page tree and dest tree to improve reader
        speed on very large documents.

   Limitations (at present):

      - Contents streams consisting of multiple parts cannot be embedded.
   Mark A. Wicks
   Kettering University

dvipdfm – A DVI driver to pro­duce PDF di­rectly

The driver of­fers a wide range of \spe­cial com­mands (in­clud­ing a colour stack), and sup­ports com­pres­sion of data streams, etc. Note that the ex­tended ver­sion dvipdfmx will op­er­ate “as dvipdfm” if nec­es­sary.

Li­censesGNU Gen­eral Public Li­cense, ver­sion 2
Main­tainerMark A. Wicks
TopicsDVI to PDF
See alsodvipdfmx
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