The IDE

VTeX IDE is the core of the VTeX typesetting system.

It combines multi-window editor with many TeX-helpful features with all the commands needed for convenient and quick document coding. VTeX's Visual Tools and Utilities have been integrated into the IDE for quick access.

The Windows layout

VTeX IDE allows to lay out the three important windows: the editor, the previewer, and the Console any way you like. On small monitors you may opt to overlap these windows; on larger monitors the tiled layout shown above may be more convenient. You can resize the windows and move them around at will.

Main file mode

VTeX IDE works in two modes:

The Format Manager

No more format mess. The Format Manager makes it easy to work with multiple formats. You can pre-build formats by choosing the TeX Dialect (Plain, AmsTeX, LaTeX 2.09, LaTeX 2E,...), and the FontSet (Computer Modern, Concrete, HV Math, TM Math, Informal Math, ...). Keep as many as you want for quick access; if you upgrade the software (and the format's format changes), simply click on [Rebuild] to get your formats up to date.

VTeX IDE maintains separate settings for different formats to avoid confusions between similarly named styles for different formats.

The Make Facility

The Make feature saves you time by making sure you do not work with obsolete files and do not recompile files that you do not have to. The IDE and VTeX keep track of changes made to the documents. If you try to format a document which has already been formatted, the VTeX environment will save you time by warning you:

On the other hand, if you try to print or view a document which has been actually changed, the environment will warn you:

Quick Recompile

Within the VTeX IDE you can quickly recompile you document with the previewer open and without interrupting your editing. The previewer will automatically reload the new version of the document when ready, preserving your position in the preview window. This works in both the .dvi and the .pdf modes.

The Error Tracer

The error tracer simplifies and speeds up the process of correcting TeX errors. Instead of analysing the .log file as you have to with other TeX versions, simply scroll through errors with function keys. As you ask for [Next Error] VTeX editor will be automatically repositioned to the source line that caused the error, no matter in which file it has happened. Correct the error and press [F4] for the next one: this is how easy VTeX makes it.

The Synchronization Facility

You will save plenty of time with our unique debugging/synchronization facility.

As you look at the typeset document in the previewer window, often you would see that the document needs corrections. In other TeX's, you would have to close the previewer, switch to the editor, load the document file (once you figure out which of the include files needs to be edited), and do a search for a phrase you saw in the previewer around the problem point. With VTeX, none of this is needed: just double click on the previewer and you are in the editor with the right file loaded, and with the cursor at the right place. [Another unique feature of VTeX: ability to recompile the text without closing the previewer will help you as well].

Going back is just as easy: double click in the editor will get you to the right place in the previewer. No need to search [well, of course, we do have a search in the previewer --- but a single (well, double) click is faster].

The synchronization facility is supported in both the .dvi and the .pdf modes. The commands in the .pdf mode are slightly different.