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Last updated June 22, 2005. 

Thanks for your interest in the AASTeX package for manuscript preparation.
This directory contains all the files in the distribution.  They are
described briefly below.  Following the file descriptions
are short installation instructions, the generic recipe for printing the
user guide and sample, and information about contacting us regarding
the distribution.


aastex.cls		The AASTeX class file

src/aasclass.dtx	The commented source file for aastex.cls
src/aasclass.ins	A docstrip file for extracting aastex.cls 
				from the .dtx file 

docs/aasguide.tex	The user guide for the package
docs/aasguide.dvi	User guide DVI file
docs/aaasguide.pdf	PDF of the user guide

docs/aassymbols.tex	Tables of AASTeX and AMS symbols commands
docs/aassymbols.dvi	Symbols tables DVI file
docs/aassymbols.pdf	PDF of the symbols tables

samples/sample.tex	Sample paper with "typical" content and markup
samples/sample.dvi	Sample paper DVI file

samples/table.tex	Sample table file demonstrating capabilities 
	                	of deluxetable
samples/table.dvi	Sample table DVI file

samples/f1.eps		Sample figure files

samples/video3.mpg	A sample MPEG animation

samples/datafile1.txt	A machine-readable version of Table 1 from sample.tex


AASTeX requires the natbib package, which is not 
included in this distribution. The package is available in the distribution on 
the AASTeX Web site at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AAS/AASTeX and 
from CTAN (http://www.ctan.org/).

natbib.dtx	Version 7 or later needed
natbib.ins 	LaTeX this to create natbib.sty and natbib
                 documentation from natbib.dtx

The aastex.cls file must be installed so that LaTeX can find it.
To use AASTeX locally, simply place it in the same directory as 
your LaTeX file. 

To install AASTeX for global use on your system, 
copy the aastex.cls (and natbib.sty if 
it is not already on your system) into the directory where your 
LaTeX installation expects to find class files. 

Alternately, Unix/Linux users can use the make file included 
with the distribution. Simply adjust the Makefile so that 
the INSTALLDIR parameter is set to the directory where your 
installation expects to find class files, e.g. 

INSTALLDIR = /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/misc

If you have teTeX installed, 
run "texconfig conf" to see what TEXMFMAIN is.

Once the INSTALLDIR parameter is set correctly 
in the Makefile, type "make install" at the prompt. 
(You must have the necessary 
write permission in the system area where LaTeX 
files are installed.)

If you are using teTeX, you will need to update the LaTeX 
cache by typing "texconfig rehash."

Please see the AASTeX Web site FAQ at


for additional installation notes or contact the help desk at 
aastex-help@aas.org for assistance. 


The user guide is written in AASTeX preprint2 style.  
To print it out on a PostScript printer, you will need a DVI driver 
that will output to PostScript. If you wish to print to PostScript, 
and you are on a Unix or Linux system,  
the DVI driver on your computer system is probably called "dvips". 
To print out the user guide DVI file, type 

    prompt> dvips aasguide

To create and print your own DVI file, type

    prompt> latex aasguide
    prompt> latex aasguide
    prompt> dvips aasguide

There are various system- and program-specific eccentricities which
cannot be fully enumerated here.  Some things to watch out for:

    1.  On some systems, LaTeX does not permit a filename extension
	(the .tex) on the input file specification; .tex is assumed.

    2.  The user interfaces for DVI drivers are quite inconsistent.
	Some operate in an interactive mode, asking the user about
	variable setup parameters, while some only accept control
	input on the command line.

    3.  On some systems, DVI translation and printing are combined,
	so one would enter only one OS command after running LaTeX.
	This is typically the case for dvips.

Since LaTeX installations vary widely, you may need to consult 
the documentation for your particular installation or your local 
system administator for guidance in installing and using 

AASTeX was designed and written by Chris Biemesderfer in 1988.
Substantial revisions were made by Lee Brotzman and Pierre
Landau when the package was updated to v4.0.
AASTeX was rewritten as a LaTeX class by Arthur Ogawa 
for the  v5.0 release. It was updated to v5.2 by 
SR Nova Private Ltd.
The documentation has benefited from revisions by
Jeannette Barnes, Sara Zimmerman, and Greg Schwartz.

Comments, suggestions, complaints, and pleas for help can be sent
electronically to aastex-help@aas.org.

AASTeX Web site: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AAS/AASTeX.

CB, 20 May 1999
Rev. SZ, 2 Nov 2000
Rev. SZ, 14 Dec 2004
Rev. SZ, 22 Jun 2005 


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README 5750 2005-06-22 18:24
aas­tex.cls 66188 2005-06-22 18:09

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aas­tex – Macros for Manuscript Prepa­ra­tion for AAS Jour­nals

The bun­dle pro­vides a doc­u­ment class for prepar­ing pa­pers for Amer­i­can Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety pub­li­ca­tions. Authors who wish to sub­mit pa­pers to AAS jour­nals are strongly urged to use this class in pref­er­ence to any of the al­ter­na­tives avail­able.

Pack­age De­tailsaas­tex
Li­censeThe LaTeX Project Public Li­cense
Copy­right2003 Amer­i­can Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety
Main­tainerAmer­i­can Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety
Con­tained inTeXlive as aas­tex
MikTeX as aas­tex
Topics as­tron­omy ar­ti­cles, as­tro­nom­i­cal charts
type­set­ting jour­nals, etc
al­ter­na­tive LaTeX class(es)
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