The DVI Mode and Driver


When producing the .pdf or the .html output, the typesetter does the entire job. Viewing and printing of these formats is done with standard third-party tools:

For working with the TeX-standard .dvi format you would need to use the VTeX dvi driver, vtexwd.exe

MicroPress considers the .dvi mode of operation obsolete. .dvi's do not offer any advantages over the .pdf and most of the new enhancements will be designed for the .pdf and the .html modes.

The VTeX Dvi driver program combines the functionality of such traditional TeX tools as

Rather than supplying a variety of driver programs, VTeX Dvi driver delivers all of the above within a single program. Different drivers are chosen with command line keys. Since only one program is involved, all the Dvi drivers share the same features and specials.

The Previewer

Previewer features

The PostScript Driver

This instance of the Universal driver has been optimized for PostScript printers. Its advantages include:

  • Automatic partial font downloading: only the characters needed in the document are shipped to the printer.
  • Fast writing bypassing Windows.
  • Selectable device resolution.
  • The LaserJet Driver

    This instance of the Universal driver has been optimized for HP LaserJets printers. Its advantages include:

  • Fast writing bypassing Windows.
  • Selectable device resolution (300 or 600 dpi).
  • The Dot-Matrix Driver

    This instance of the Universal driver has been optimized for older dot-matrix printers. Supported printers include

  • Epson
  • Panasonic
  • NEC
  • Toshiba
  • Star
  • Fujitsu
  • Pro-printer
  • HP InkJet
  • Older HP LaserJets in full-graphics mode
  • The Bitmap Driver

    The universal TeX device driver supports several bitmap file formats. Among them:

  • PCX driver.
  • TIFF driver.
  • BMP monochrome driver.
  • BMP 16-color driver.
  • These options are supported under both DOS and Windows.

    The output can be transmitted by FAX programs or pasted into other applications.

    The Windows Generic Driver

    The Windows generic driver prints through Windows system printer drivers. While the generic driver is slower than specialized drivers included in VTeX, it has its own advantages as well. Here are some of them:

  • It allows to print to any device supported by Windows. This includes WinFax and not-so-common printers for which we have not developed specialized high-performance drivers.
  • It supports color (well, if your printer does)
  • It directly supports TrueType fonts
  • However, if you want faster output, you should consider using

  • PostScript driver
  • HP LaserJet driver
  • Dot-matrix driver