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AbiWord

Description: general-purpose, Open Source word processor

TO RUN:

athena% abiword &

There is an AbiWord page and documentation

See also: LibreOffice Word Processor, TeXmacs

dvips

Description: converts a file in dvi format (as created by LaTeX or TeX) to PostScript, then spools it to a PostScript printer

TO RUN:

athena% dvips file.dvi

There is a stock answers document on converting Tex to pdf

See also: Acrobat, html2ps, latex, pdflatex, ps2pdf, xdvi

Emacs

Description: the GNU text editor, the most commonly used editor on Athena

TO RUN:

From Ubuntu Dash: type emacs in Search box

From command line:

athena% emacs &

There is online documentation and Emacs Answers

See also: gedit, jedit, nedit, pico, vi, vim, nvi, xcoral, XEmacs

enscript

Description: converts ASCII file to PostScript and prints it on a PostScript printer. Part of the Transcript package, which includes additional printer-related utilities

TO RUN:

athena% enscript file

See also: troff

gedit

Description: lightweight text editor, part of the GNOME desktop

TO RUN:

athena% gedit &

See also: Emacs, jedit, nedit, pico, vi, vim, nvi, xcoral, XEmacs

html2ps

Description: converts HTML page to PostScript file

TO RUN:

athena% html2ps file.html > file.ps

There is an author Web page

See also: dvips, latex2html, mswordview, ThT

ispell

Description: spelling checker

TO RUN:

athena% ispell options file

See also: Webster Dictionary

jedit

Description: Java-based text editor incorporating advanced features including syntax highlighting modes for over 90 types of files and incorporating a built-in scripting and macro language called BeanShell. There is a local Web page (about a different version installed in the jedit locker) and a development site

TO RUN:

athena% jedit options files &

athena% jedit --listver (to see usage options)

See also: emacs, gedit, nedit, pico, vi, xcoral

latex, tex

Description: program that formats text with embedded formatting commands for printing. LaTeX is essentially a collection of macros that simplify the use of TeX, which is a page formatting and typesetting program for printers. The output of LaTeX and TeX is a file ending in a dvi extension, which can then be converted to PostScript and printed with the dvips program

TO RUN:

athena% latex file.tex

athena% tex file.tex

There is local online documentation; also Inessential LaTeX and LaTeX Answers

There is a stock answers document on converting Tex to pdf

See also: dvips, ipe, latex2html, LyX, pdfedit, pdftex, pdflatex, Scribus, troff, TtH, Visual Math Editor, xdvi

Note: There are additional macros such as revtex in the newtex locker. To use it type add -f newtex at the Athena prompt. Various sources are in the texsrc locker

The tex-contrib locker supplies additional packages. To use them, attach the tex-contrib locker and add /mit/tex-contrib// to the TEXINPUTS environment variable

latex2html

Description: converts LaTeX documents to html web pages; generally converts major sections of the source document into a sequence of web pages linked together with Next and Previous buttons. If the source document is file.tex, the output will be generated within a file subdirectory of the startup directory

TO RUN:

athena% latex2html file.tex (from a directory where you have write permission)

There is online documentation

See also: html2ps, latex, LyX, mswordview, TeXmacs, TtH

LibreOffice HTML Editor

Description: HTML editor component of LibreOffice office suite

TO RUN:

From command line:

athena% libreoffice & (select File -> New -> HTML Document)

For documentation look here

LibreOffice Word Processor

Description: word processor component of LibreOffice office suite

TO RUN:

Click on LibreOffice Writer icon on Gnome applet bar

From command line:

athena% libreoffice & (select File -> New -> Text Document)

For documentation look here

See also: AbiWord, TeXmacs

LyX

Description: structured document authoring application, incorporating a "What You See Is What You Mean" approach. Uses latex for printed output

TO RUN:

athena% lyx &

There is a LyX home page, 2.0 new features

See also: Acrobat, convert, latex, latex2html, ps2pdf, TeXmacs, TtH, Visual Math Editor

mswordview (wvWare)

Description: converts Microsoft Word documents to HTML and other formats

TO RUN:

athena% wvHtml file.doc file.html (newer version; makes html copy of file.doc in file file.html)

Note: New version supports conversion to multiple other formats using wvPS, wvLatex, wvDVI etc. and usage syntax has changed; type man wvWare for more information

athena% add consult (for older 0.5.14 release)

athena% mswordview file.doc (makes html copy of file.doc in file file.doc.html, 0.5.14 release)

There is an author Web page

See also: html2ps, latex2html

Note: The name of this product has changed to wvWare. The older version in the consult locker is called mswordview.

The LibreOffice Word Processor can read most Word documents and allows conversion to other formats.

nedit

Description: GUI-style text editor suitable for code editing and plain text files

TO RUN:

athena% nedit &

See also: Emacs, gedit, jedit, vi, xcoral

pdfedit

Description: application that allows editing pdf files

TO RUN:

athena% pdfedit &

There is a home page

See also: Acrobat, latex, tex , pdflatex, ps2pdf

pdftex, pdflatex

Description: converts Tex or Latex documents to pdf

TO RUN:

athena% pdftex filename.tex

athena% pdflatex filename.tex

There is a stock answers document on converting Tex to pdf

See also: Acrobat, dvips, latex, tex, pdfedit, ps2pdf

pico

Description: simple text editor with a layout similar to the Pine mailer

TO RUN:

athena% pico

See also: Emacs, gedit, jedit, vi, xcoral

ps2pdf

Description: converts PostScript files to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, similar in functionality to Acrobat distill

TO RUN:

athena% ps2pdf file.ps (currently defaults to pdf 1.2)

athena% ps2pdf12 file.ps (to produce pdf 1.2 output)

athena% ps2pdf13 file.ps (to produce pdf 1.3 output)

athena% ps2pdf14 file.ps (to produce pdf 1.4 output)

There is online documentation

There is a stock answers document on converting Tex to pdf

See also: Acrobat, dvips, LyX, pdfedit, pdftex, pdflatex

Note: Many other conversion utilities to/from ps and pdf files exist. To find them from a terminal window type: cd /usr/bin; ls ps2* (or pdf2*, psto*, pdfto*)

TeXmacs

Description: freely distributable "scientific text editor" that allows wysiwyg representation of scientific and mathematical notation embedded inside documents. A number of symbolic algebra and mathematical applications can be run within it

TO RUN:

athena% add texmacs

athena% texmacs &

There is an author Website and a tutorial

See also: AbiWord, gnuplot, latex2html, LibreOffice Word Processor, LyX, maple, Mathematica, matlab, maxima, octave, scilab, TtH, Visual Math Editor

Note: maple, matlab and Mathematica sessions may be inserted in texmacs documents

troff

Description: standard UNIX text formatter, designed to accept ASCII files interspersed with lines of format control information; output is normally sent to a printer

TO RUN:

troff file | typesetter

See also: enscript, latex

TtH

Description: translator that converts Tex and Latex files to HTML, and related utilities. Designed to handle mathematical expressions and notation. ps2gif converts PostScript files to gif. latex2gif converts Latex files to gif. ps2png converts PostScript to png.

TO RUN:

athena% tth options file (converts file.tex to file.html; you can omit the .tex extension)

athena% ps2gif file.ps newfile.gif (converts PostScript file file.ps to gif file file.gif)

athena% latex2gif file (the file should have a .tex extension, but do not type this on the command line)

There is TtH online documentation

See also: html2ps, latex, latex2html, LyX, TeXmacs, Visual Math Editor

Note: This application is no longer installed. You can install it temporarily (on a debathena-cluster machine) or permanently (on a debathena-workstation or non-Athena Ubuntu machine) but not on the Athena dialups by doing the following:

sudo to root and install from the tth Ubuntu package using aptitude or synaptic

vi

Description: standard modal screen-oriented UNIX text editor

TO RUN:

athena% vi

See also: Emacs, gedit, jedit, nedit, vim, nvi, pico, xcoral

vim, nvi

Description: vi variants, supporting supersets of vi commands. vim is optmized for source code editing. To see differences between vim and vi, type :help vi_diff from within vim. See man page for nvi to see differences from vi

TO RUN:

athena% vim

athena% nvi

There is vim documentation

See also: Emacs, gedit, vi

Visual Math Editor

Description: editor for math/scientific formulas that supports LaTeX, AsciiMath and MathML in HTML web pages. Does not require browser plugins or installation of extra fonts. Can be run locally or on the web, and will instantly display visual formula rendering generated from markup source entered in a text entry pane. Many examples are supplied by the authors

TO RUN:

Launch it from here

There is a home page, online documentation

See also: latex, LyX, TeXmacs, TtH

xcoral

Description: GUI-style text editor suitable for code editing and plain text files; has latex support

TO RUN:

athena% add editors

athena% /mit/editors/arch/i386_linux22/bin/xcoral &

See also: emacs, gedit, jedit, nedit, pico, vi

XEmacs

Description: emacs variant with GUI interface. Allows for proportionally spaced fonts, and images embedded in buffers. It also comes with many more standard packages, and has some cleaner internal abstractions.

TO RUN:

athena% xemacs &

There is online documentation

See also: Emacs, gedit

 

Text Previewer

Acrobat Reader

Description: Adobe viewer for Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents; also available as a browser plug-in

TO RUN:

From command line:

athena% acroread file.pdf

athena% acroread -toPostScript file.pdf (to convert file.pdf to file.ps)

athena% acroread -help (to print command-line options)

There is a local Acrobat FAQ, online usage guide

There is a stock answers document on converting Tex to pdf

See also: dvips, evince, LyX, pdfedit, pdftex, pdflatex, ps2pdf, Scribus, xpdf

The 9.x Reader plugin can be used in firefox on 32 bit OS machines if you put a link in your ~/.mozilla/plugins directory:

nppdf.so -> /afs/athena.mit.edu/software/acro/current/distrib/@sys/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/@sys/nppdf.so

You may need to configure the plugin in firefox by selecting

Edit -> Preferences -> Applications -> Portable Document Format

and setting Preview in Firefox in the Action pick list on the right side.

evince

Description: viewer for pdf (Acrobat) and PostScript files

TO RUN:

athena% evince file &

See also: Acrobat, xpdf

Ghostscript

Description: PostScript file viewer

TO RUN:

athena% gs file.ps

There is online documentation

See also: gv

gv

Description: GUI front end to Ghostscript

TO RUN:

athena% gv file.ps &

See also: Ghostscript, pstoedit

Title and description:

xchm

Description: viewer for chm (compiled html help) files

To run:

athena% xchm file.chm &

Note: This application is no longer installed. You can install it temporarily (on a debathena-cluster machine) or permanently (on a debathena-workstation or non-Athena Ubuntu machine) but not on the Athena dialups by doing the following:

sudo to root and install from the xchm Ubuntu package using aptitude or synaptic

xdvi

Description: previewer for dvi files (as created by LaTeX and TeX)

TO RUN:

athena% xdvi file.dvi &

There is documentation

See also: latex, dvips

xpdf

Description: viewer for pdf (Acrobat) files

TO RUN:

athena% xpdf file.pdf &

See also: Acrobat, evince