Active-DVI is a Unix-platform DVI previewer and a
programmable presenter for slides written in LaTeX.
To preview DVI files, Active-DVI features:
- Color anti-aliasing.
- Inclusion of images (via the Camlimages package) with alpha
channel and blending.
- Encapsulated Postscript File inclusion (using graphics macros package).
- Gpic specials to display pictures.
- Correct treatment of many (but not all) in-lined-Postscript specials.
- Page background settings.
- Japanese pTeX DVI extension support (screen shot).
To present your DVI files, Active-DVI features:
- Basic effects for presentation (pause, delay, dynamic text color change).
- Annotations displayed on demand (similar to pop-up balloons).
- Hyper links from slide to slide or to other files (including DVI files).
- Replay of previously recorded parts of the display.
- Text movements.
- Page transitions.
- Embedded applications (launched and killed on demand from within.
the presentation text source), with precise security policy.
- Scratching on slide to interactively modify the text on screen.
- Synchronization indications of each slide timing during the
presentation, to connect the talk with a recording/playing facility
and/or to automate the show.
Active-DVI special effects are set and launched from within your
LaTeX source file via the macros of the
LaTeX package provided by the distribution.
In addition, Caml hackers can program new and fancy Active-DVI effects in the
source code of the presenter.
See the security warning in the enclosed file README.md.
Click on the image to have a look on the screen shots of Active-DVI
To install Active-DVI, you need
For more details see the enclosed file INSTALL.
The latest version (2.0.0) of Active-DVI is
available as an opam package
It is also available on
or as a source tar ball.
See changes in CHANGES.
Some older versions are still avaliable in the
- a Unix platform running the X11 window system.
- an OCaml compile, version 4.11 or later with the latest version (> 5.0.4) of
- the `kpsewhich' utility of the `kpathsea' library
provided by the TeX distributions.
The Active-DVI user's manual is available online
as multiple HTML files,
as one single HTML file or
is also available, but with a few typesetting glitches.
See also the Frequently asked questions
Preferably use github
for issues or bug reports. You may also use
Didier Le Botlan,
Roberto Di Cosmo,
to get in touch with the implementors. This is the
Active-DVI mailing list, which is also the forum to discuss about Active
DVI. To write to the list, you should first
(We are sorry for the annoyance, but given the low traffic, we prefer this
solution, even for bug reports, so as to avoid spam).
Active-DVI's graphical engine to display DVI files is based on
Mldvi version 1.0, written by Alexandre Miquel.
Active-DVI is written in OCaml.
This program is distributed under the GNU LGPL. See the enclosed file
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