Screen shots
Frequently asked questions
Mailing list
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Authors and Copyright


Version 2.0.0

Description of Active-DVI

Active-DVI is a Unix-platform DVI previewer and a programmable presenter for slides written in LaTeX.

To preview DVI files, Active-DVI features:

To present your DVI files, Active-DVI features:

Active-DVI special effects are set and launched from within your LaTeX source file via the macros of the advi.sty 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.

Warning! See the security warning in the enclosed file

Screen shots

Click on the image to have a look on the screen shots of Active-DVI presentations.


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 github. or as a source tar ball. See changes in CHANGES. Some older versions are still avaliable in the archive.

User's manual

The Active-DVI user's manual is available online as multiple HTML files, as one single HTML file or in PDF. is also available, but with a few typesetting glitches.

See also the Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Bug reports and mailing list

Preferably use github for issues or bug reports. You may also use 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 subscribe. (We are sorry for the annoyance, but given the low traffic, we prefer this solution, even for bug reports, so as to avoid spam).


Jun Furuse, Pierre Weis, Didier Rémy, Xavier Leroy, Didier Le Botlan, Alan Schmitt, Roberto Di Cosmo, Alexandre Miquel.


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 LICENSE.
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