DVIWIN Download Page


DVIWIN is a Windows viewer and print driver for TeX DVI files. DVIWIN is written by H. Sendoukas, and is free for individual and non-commercial use. The version you can obtain here is version 2.9; a newer version may be available by now but you will have to hunt for it yourself.

The download file is approximately 2.2 Mb in size; you will need approximately 6 megs of free space on your hard drive to download and install the package. Just follow the instructions below to download, install, and configure DVIWIN to be used by Netscape. If you are using a different browser, you will need to replace the last set of instructions by whatever it is you have to do to set up a helper application. DVIWIN is NOT a plug-in, so you will have to do a couple of things you don't have to do to install a plug-in.

To install DVIWIN (read before downloading!):

  1. Download the archive file to a temp directory. Your browser will prompt you for a directory to save the file in. It doesn't matter which you choose, but you will need to be able to find it to install it.
  2. Print out this page so you will have a hard copy of the configuration instructions.
  3. Exit your browser, and go to Explorer (or File Manager) and open up the directory you downloaded the archive file to.
  4. The file name in DVIWIN10.EXE; double-click on the file to run it. The default installation will create a directory C:\DVIWIN and install the program there. If you want to install it to a different directory (not recommended unless you know what you are doing and have a reason for changing it), you will be given a chance to do so during the installation.

Download the self-extracting archive

To configure the software:

It should be all set. To test it out, go to the File menu (or Start in Windows 95), select Run... . Type C:\DVIWIN\DVIWIN.EXE and press Enter. This will launch the program. Once the program is up, go to the file menu, select Open..., and double-click on demo.dvi. You should see a file come onto the screen. You may have to fiddle with the zoom a little bit (Zoom menu) to get the size you want.

If you don't see anything come up, you probably need to follow the steps below to configure the viewer.

  1. From the Resolution menu, select 300. This sets the resolution at 300dpi (the fonts are raster fonts so most other settings will not work).
  2. From the Options menu, select Font Directory.... In the dialog box, type

    c:\dviwin\dpi$r

    and press Enter. (This tells the program where to look for the font files)
Now try the test file demo.dvi again. If you still can't see the file, see Dr. Lindsey.

To use DVIWIN with Netscape:

The first time you try to retrieve a DVI file through Netscape, you will get a message saying that there is no viewer configured for this type of application. Choose Configure a Viewer... from the buttons presented. In the input box that comes up, type

C:\DVIWIN\DVIWIN.EXE

to configure Netscape to use DVIWIN to view these files. Now you should be all set.

You can also configure the viewer manually within Netscape. To do this:

  1. Under the Options menu, select Preferences... and then General Preferences
  2. From the tabs at the top of the box that appears, select Helpers
  3. In the Helper Applications box, click on the New.. button (about halfway down the screen)
  4. In the Mime Type box, enter application. In the SubType box, enter x-dvi
  5. Click on OK; you will return to the Helper Apps screen. In the Extensions box, enter dvi. In the Action: section of the screen, click on the Launch Application radio button. Then type C:\DVIWIN\DVIWIN.EXE in the input box. Press Enter, and that should do it.
Note: these instructions are specific to Netscape. If you are using a different browser, the exact steps will be somewhat different, although the process should be similar. If you chose to install DVIWIN to a directory other than the default, you will need to substitute the path to your installation directory for C:\DVIWIN above.
Page created 12 January 1997; last updated 12 January 1997
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