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CTAN package upgrade: dvipng

Date: April 3, 2006 2:57:47 PM CEST
A package has been updated at tug.ctan.org and should soon make its way to your favorite mirror. Thanks Jim Hefferon Saint Michael's College ====================================================================== The following information was provided by the package's contributor. Name of contribution: dvipng Author's name: Jan-Åke Larsson Location on CTAN: /dviware/dvipng Summary description: A fast DVI to PNG/GIF converter. License type: gpl Announcement text given by the package's contributor:
This program makes PNG graphics from DVI files as obtained from TeX and its relatives. The 1.8 release adds the possibility to include bitmapped images (PNG, JPEG, and GIF), and changes PostScript inclusion so that the image is not cropped to the boundingbox (unless requested) and has a transparent background. From now on, for performance reasons, the output image will be truecolor if an image is included. The output quality is substantially improved when using the Freetype font library. Freetype hinting has previously been disabled in dvipng (because of substandard output from the Computer Modern font), but from the 1.8 release onwards, hinting will be enabled in a mode that prefers shape over contrast (which works well with the Computer Modern font). In short, the output quality is visibly better when Freetype is available than when it isn't. The release also fixes a few bugs and enhances the internal color cache for better performance. Report any bugs you find, see README for instructions.
See this package at http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/dviware/dvipng . You may get a better network connection by using a CTAN mirror near to you; see http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/README.mirrors . Our service is supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org . Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

dvipng – A fast DVI to PNG/GIF converter

This program makes PNG and/or GIF graphics from DVI files as obtained from and its relatives. Its benefits include:

  • Speed. It offers very fast rendering of DVI as bitmap files, which makes it suitable for generating large amounts of images on-the-fly, as needed in preview-latex, WeBWorK and others;
  • It does not read the postamble, so it can be started before finishes. There is a --follow switch that makes dvipng wait at end-of-file for further output, unless it finds the POST marker that indicates the end of the DVI;
  • Interactive query of options. dvipng can read options interactively through stdin, and all options are usable. It is even possible to change the input file through this interface.
  • Support for PK, VF, PostScript Type1, and TrueType fonts, colour specials, and inclusion of PostScript, PNG, JPEG or GIF images.

Copyright2002–2020 Jan-Åke Larsson
MaintainerJan-Åke Larsson



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