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Subject: 96)! Where can I get an X-based editor or word-processor? You can ftp a version of GNU Emacs, the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor, including X11 support, from []:/pub/gnu/. Version 19 has some mouse/menu support. Version 19.34 is current as of 8/96. XEmacs (formerly Lucid Emacs) is an alternate version of GNU Emacs with enhanced X support. The latest version works on TTY's as well as under X and can actually work on both simultaneously. Features include a Motif-like menubar; Motif or Athena scrollbars (vertical and horizontal); a toolbar; embedded graphics in buffers (using XPM); Zmacs/Lispm style region highlighting; support for variable width and variable height fonts; ToolTalk integration; the ability to attach fonts, colors and other properties to text in both X and TTY modes; support for the X11 selection mechanism. XEmacs is free. The latest version [8/96] is 19.14 and is available from in /pub/xemacs. See also . Epoch is a modified version of Gnu Emacs v18 with additional facilities useful in an X environment. Current sources are on ( in ~ftp/pub/epoch-files/epoch; the current [8/92] version is 4.2. [In Europe, try]. There are two subdirectories: epoch contains the Epoch source, and widgets contains code for adding scrollbars to Epoch. Epoch is no longer supported; the Epoch mailing list has been disbanded. The official successor to Epoch is XEmacs which is available at in ~ftp/pub/xemacs. All functionality which was only present in Epoch is gradually being ported to XEmacs. The vi-like editor VILE supports a pure-X mode, in which it operates much like vi running in an xterm window. Though not a strict vi clone, [x]vile is designed to feel like vi to the practiced user; it adds many useful features, most notably multiple buffer and window capabilities. Version 6.1 [8/96], which also supports Xt-based implementations (including a Motif version) is available on in /pub/pgf/vile. Information: Paul Fox ( vim is at . It has a GUI interface, called gvim. The Andrew "ez" system on the X11 contrib tapes has been described as one of the best word-processing packages available. It supports word processing with multi-media embedded objects: rasters, tables/spread sheets, drawings, style editor, application builder, embedded programming language, &c. [Fred Hansen (wjh+@ANDREW.CMU.EDU)] Version 6.3 is on the R6 tapes and is also in . You may be able to use the Remote Andrew Demo service to try this software; try "finger" for help. Version 7.4 is now (8/96) available. The InterViews C++ toolkit contains a WYSIWIG editor called Doc; it saves and loads files in a LaTeX-*like* format (not quite LaTeX). The package can also import idraw-PostScript drawings. NEdit 4.0.1 [3/96] is a Motif-based text editor supporting multiple windows and multi-level undo; it is very complete in its features while remaining very easy to use. Sources are on and also from ftp://pub/nedit/v4_0_1/ , which also offers pre-built binaries for several platforms, including Sun, SGI, HP, and DEC systems. Information: Mark Edel (,; . SciTeXT is a full WYSIWYG word-processor with templates, help, footnotes, etc. Sources are ; see also . [8/96] aXe (by, a multi-buffer, multi-window text editor based around the Xaw Text Widget, is available on and ( as aXe-6.1.2.tar.Z [6/94]. aXe offers a hypertext help system and extension via Tcl. asedit, by, is an easy-to-use text editor built around Motif text widget. It supports multiple windows, pull-down and pop-up menus, multiple undo and redo, and so on. Version 1.31, the International Free Release, includes the following language versions: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. All commands and messages are localized for each language (the context sensitive, hypertext on-line help is available only in English). asedit is available from in /contrib/editors as asedit-1.3.2.tar.Z [11/94]. asWedit (a successor to asedit), by AdvaSoft, is a comprehensive and easy to use HTML 3, HTML 2 and text editor for X Window System and Motif. It offers three independent modes: a plain text editing mode and two context-sensitive, validating modes for authoring of HyperText Markup Language documents (HTML 3 and HTML 2) as used on the World Wide Web and enterprise networks. A free binary version for students and staff in education and charitable non-profit organizations (evaluation version for others) is available from: and from other mirror sites. More information, including details about ASWedit - the commercial version of asWedit - is available on the AdvaSoft's Web site: Version 2.5 became available 5/96. Bulldozer is an HTML editor for X; it is at http://cscsun1.LaRC.NASA.Gov:80/~rboykin/Dozer/ . tkHTML, a freeware HTML editor, is available from . A binary of SoftQuad's HoTMetaL for SunOS, an HTML editor, can be downloaded from . There is also a freely-available version for the PC; the free versions are out of date. HoTMetaL PRO is commercial. ashe (xthml) is an x-based HTML editor also known as xhtml. Version 1.3 [12/95] is available at . There is also a README.html file in that directory. phoenix is an X-based (TCL/TK-based) HTML editor. e93 is a programmer oriented text editor that works with X windows. It is most similar to editors on the Mac, and NeXT platforms. Information: Todd Squires, tkedit 1.5.0 [5/95] uses tcl as an extension language; it offers multiple buffers, split views, general X11 selections, function-key macro recording, etc. Sources are on and on BETH is a Browsing and Editing Tcl Hypertool available from in /pub/tcl/code/beth4.1.tar.gz. Features include unlimited undo, menus, vertical/horizontal grids, and name completion. Info: (David Svoboda). The DGC Tools, on in pub/tcl/code/dgctools-0.2.tar.Z, include Tke, a TclX/Tk-based multi-window X11 text editor. Information is available from Dave Clemans (, who promises a significant update soon. The js tools by Jay Sekora, on in pub/tcl/code/jstools-tk3.2v1.0.tar.Z and on in pub/js/jstools-tk3.2v1.0.tar.Z, include a extensible text editor. Mxedit is a fully functional text editor based on the Tk mxedit widget. The editor features indefinite undo/redo/crash recovery, search/replace, and extensibility via Tcl programming. The latest version is always avaiable on under the /pub/mxedit directory. The Tcl archive mirror site also has a copy in /pub/tcl/code. Version 2.3.1 is soon (7/94) to be updated to 2.4. The contact for mxedit is (Brent Welch) Sam is an interactive multi-file text editor intended for bitmap displays. A textual command language supplements the mouse-driven, cut-and-paste interface to make complex or repetitive editing tasks easy to specify. The language is characterized by the composition of regular expressions to describe the structure of the text being modified. Sam was written by Rob Pike for the Bell Labs Blit/Gnot and later Plan 9, and ported to Unix by Howard Trickey (also of Bell Labs). Sam can be ftp'd from, directory /dist/sam; the mailing list itself is archived on in /pub/sam. Send subscription requests for the sam-fans mailing list to the address textedit is part of Sun's OpenWindow's DeskSet and the public XView distribution. xed, similar in function to axe and architectures (based on Athena widgets), is on in contrib/editors; version 1.3 is current [7/95]. (public editors below this line not recently confirmed) TED is a simple Motif-based text editor; it is a wrapper around the Motif text widget which offers search/replace, paragraph formatting, and navigation features. TED is available from ( as /pub/bill/bill.tar.Z; there are also executables there. Another editor called TED is available at and at . It offers a fully-configurable keyboard, multiple windows, multiple files, and small executable size. It is now [4/96] at version 2.0. Point, by (Charlie Crowley), is Tcl/Tk-based and offers dyanimic configuration and programming in the Tcl macro language. The editor is available from in pub/Point/point1.63.tar.Z. xcoral, a multi-window mouse-based text editor, is on (X/contrib-R5/clients); it also has bindings similar to emacs and has a built-in browser for C and C++ code. Version 2.5 was released 12/95. jed is available from rhino.cis.vutbr.cs in pub/software/czech. The word processor formerly known as LyriX is available via . Commercial products include: Edith Pro, a multi-window text editor, is intended to eventually become low-budget commercial software, and at least for an initial period, single licences will be free. The most recent beta version can be downloaded from the NLnet web server at . It includes a simple HTML-compatible info browser. [8/96] The ARPUS/ce editor provides full-screen X-based text editing across a variety of UNIX platforms. Developed originally for users migrating from Apollo's Domain environment, ce was modeled after the Display Manager editor. Information: Enabling Technologies Group at 770-642-1500 and or use for a demo. A commercial version of Asedit (see above) is available from Stochniol Advanced Software (+44 (0)81-679-5795, Iris Computing Laboratories offers the "ie" editor. Info: +1-505-298-2700 or (See the review in the 1/94 Unix Review.) Qualix Group ( or 800-245-UNIX (415-572-0200)) offers a BRIEF-compatible, X-based GUI editor that runs on all major UNIX platforms as well as PCs. CRISP offers a multi-window/multi-buffer environment with color highlighting. It is fully customizable. See for a demo. VITAL (713-781-7406) offers the Crisp editor, a work-alike superset of the popular BRIEF editor, for several systems. Previously-available source versions have been withdrawn from circulation. FrameMaker and FrameWriter are available as X-based binary products for several machines. Frame is at 800-843-7263 (CA: 408-433-3311). WX2 (formerly InDepthEdit) is available from Non Standard Logics (+33 (1) 44 08 70 80; The Applixware office integration tools from Applix (1-800-8APPLIX, MA: 508-870-0300) include a multi-font WYSIWG document composer; for several systems. (commercial products below this line not recently confirmed) Elan Computer Group (Mountain View, CA; 415-964-2200) has announced the Avalon Publisher 2.0, an X11/OPEN LOOK WYSIWYG electronic publishing system. Buzzwords International Inc. has an editor called 'Professional Edit' that runs under X/Motif for various platforms. Info: +1-314-334-6317. DECwrite is available from DEC for some DEC hardware and SunWrite is available from Sun. IslandWrite will soon be available from Island Graphics (415-491-1000) ( for some HP & Apollo platforms. Interleaf is currently available from Interleaf (800-241-7700, MA: 617-577-9800) on all Sun and DEC platforms; others are under development. ArborText, Inc. provides an X11 version of its Electronic Publishing program called "The Publisher". The Publisher is available on Sun, HP and Apollo workstations. Contact Arbortext at 313-996-3566. [5/90] Typex is a Motif-based editor available for several systems. Information: Amcad Research, 408-867-5705, fax -6209. WordPerfect offers an X-based version of WordPerfect for several workstations. Information: 801-222-5300 or 800-451-5151. Bradford Business Systems (714-859-4428) offers SpeedEdit for several systems.
Subject: 97)! Where can I get an X-based mailer? xmh, an X interface to mh, is distributed with the X11 releases. The xmh program provides a graphical user interface to the MH Message Handling System. Electronic mail messages may be composed, sent, received, replied to, forwarded, sorted, and stored in folders. xmh provides extensive mechanisms for customization of the user interface. exmh is a TK-based user interface to MH mail. It supports arbitrarily nested folder structures, and it helps you find new mail if you pre-sort it into different folders as it arrives. It parses MIME messages and has a limited MIME composition facility. You can hook it up to your favorite editor, or use its built-in editor. exmh is extensible via Tcl programming and X resource-based button and menu specifications. The contact for exmh is (Brent Welch). Sources for version 1.6.5 (for tk 4.0) are on [3/96]. Xmail is an X-based window interface to Berkeley-style mail handlers; it is styled primarily after the Sunview mailtool application and builds on most Unix systems. The current release [6/95] is 1.6; older versions are available in the X11R5 contrib tape and from (contrib/applications/xmail_1.6.tar.gz) . Info: Jeff Markham, XF-mail is an XForms-based MH mail-reader for X; it was created using the XForms library. The interface is configurable through the user interface itself. XF-mail retrieves mail via POP or from a spool file; it sends via sendmail or SMTP. Sources are available at . thsmail, by Thomas Schaller (, is a Motif-based Mail User Agent for RFC822 and MIME messages. The Linux version is freeware; try . MMH (My Mail Handler), a motif interface to the MH mail handler, is available from ; it is bundled with the TED editor, which it uses for composing messages. Motif 1.1 is required; if you don't have it, look for DEC and SPARC executables in the same place. Information and problems to: Erik Scott, [1/92] The Andrew Toolkit supports the Andrew Message System; it is available from and many other X archives and from , or send email to You may be able to use the Remote Andrew Demo service to try this software; try "finger" for help. xmailtool is an Xaw-based interface to Mail, BSD's mail reader/sender, with some extra features. It has been ported to widely divergent systems. Sources are on [3/96]. Information: Bob Kierski, (who mentions that development is temporarily suspended). MuMail, an X-based elm-like mail program with MIME support and digest exploding, is available at [3/96]. Information: David Boyd, tkmail, a graphical mail client using tcl and tk 3.6, is available at [3/96]. tkmr, a read-only tcl/tk mail file browser with search and sort capability, is available at [3/96] ML, an IMAP mail client for X11/Motif, provides a full-featured MIME aware mail/news system with active filtering of messages based on rules which you define, plus point&click PGP access. Linux binaries are on . Meuf, a Motif-based MIME Mail User Agent by Daniel Glazman (, is at [3/96]. The pages include snapshots of development versions, information on the project, and up-to-date information on how it evolves. Meuf 3.0 is currently undergoing beta-testing. xmailbox 2.4 is an enhanced xbiff and plays sound effects and animation. Sources are on . [8/96] coolmail 1.3 is a mail notification utility for UNIX systems running X. Sources are on [9/95]. xelm is an xbiff program intended to be used to launch elm or another mail-reader. A version is in [3/96]. Also: The Netscape browser includes a mailer. Z-Code Software (an NCD company) offers Z-Mail for most Unix systems; binaries support both tty and Motif interfaces. The mailer includes a csh-like scripting language for customizing and extending mail capabilities. Information: 415-898-8649,, [3/96]. Ishmail from Halsoft ( is available on several platforms. It is a MIME-compliant X/Motif-based mailer. See also: [3/96]. Several vendors' systems include X-based mailers. DEC offers dxmail; Sun offers an X-based mailtool; SCO ( includes SCOmail in its Open Desktop product. HP offers the MPower product. Several integrated office-productivity tools include mailers: The Applixware office integration tools from Applix (1-800-8APPLIX, MA: 508-870-0300) include a mailer.
Subject: 98)! Where can I get an X-based paint/draw program? Drawing Packages: xpic is an object-oriented drawing program. It supports multiple font styles and sizes and variable line widths; there are no rotations or zooms. xpic is quite suitable as an interactive front-end to pic, though the xpic-format produced can be converted into PostScript. (The latest version is on the R4 contrib tape in clients/xpic and on in R5/contrib/xpic.tar.Z.) xfig (original work by Supoj Sutanthavibul, with additional work and currently maintained by Brian V. Smith ( is an object-oriented drawing program supporting compound objects. The xfig format can be converted to PostScript or other formats. xfig 3.1.4 is available [8/95] in /contrib/applications/drawing_tools/xfig; transfig 3.1.2 is available in /contrib/applications/drawing_tools/transfig. Older versions are on the R5 contrib tape or on in /contrib/R5fixes (version 2.1.8 [10/93]). idraw supports numerous fonts and various line styles and arbitrary rotations. It supports zoom and scroll and color draws and fills. The file format is a PostScript dialect. It can import TIFF files. Distributed as a part of the InterViews C++ toolkit (current release 3.1, from . tgif by William Cheng ( is available from most uucp sites and also from and from It is frequently updated; version 3.0.8 was released 9/96. See and . figure in the Andrew User Interface System (versions 5.2 and above) is a general drawing package which also allows arbitrary Andrew insets to be part of the drawing. Picasso 4.1a3, an interactive drawing tool in the style of idraw, is on anb (it requires tk and tclX). pcb is intended primarly for printed circuit board layouts; it is available in Commercial Draw Products: FrameMaker has some draw capabilities. [4/90] Dux Ta-Dah!, 1-800-543-4999 Arts&Letters Composer, 214-661-8960 Ficor AutoGraph, 513-771-4466 IslandGraphics offers IslandDraw. Info: 415-491-1000. BBN/Slate from BBN Software Products includes a full-featured draw and paint program with object grouping and multiple patterns; multiple X platforms. (617-873-5000 or [11/90] Corel Draw, 613-728-8200; ported to X by Prior Data Sciences 800-267-2626 sphinx is a family of tools for the realization of dynamic drawings; it contains the vector-drawing objecft grinx and an interactve X-based editor. The toolbox is available from in GmbH (+49 7531 65022, Paint Packages: XPaint 2.1, by David Koblas (, is a color bitmap/pixmap editing tool featuring most standard paint program options. It allows for the editing of multiple images simultaneously and supports various formats, including PPM, XBM, etc. The current version is available for ftp from as /pub/ko/koblas/xpaint-2.1.1.tar.gz [1/94]. A new version is now being maintained by Torsten Martinsen (; a beta release of 2.2 is available from . CDE includes an icon editor which supports both xbm and xpm formats. It has a screen-capture facility and also includes many pre-defined icons. A new OpenWindows PostScript-based graphical editor named 'ice' is now [2/91] available for anonymous ftp from Internet host ( ice (Image Composition Environment) is an imaging tool that allows raster images to be combined with a wide variety of PostScript annotations in WYSIWYG fashion via X11 imaging routines and NeWS PostScript rasterizing. (It may require OpenWindows and Sun C++ 2.0.) The "pixmap" program by Lionel Mallet ( for creating pixmaps is on the R5 contrib tape; it resembles the bitmap client. Version 2.6 is now available [5/94] on and A version of Robert Forsman's ( xscribble, an 8-bit paint program for X, is now on in pub/thoth/. [2/93] Although MetaCard is not generally classified as a paint program, a full 24-bit color image editor is built into the program, which can be used for light image editing and for producing color icons ( MetaCard is available via anonymous FTP from,, or Version 2.0 was released 3/96. pixt by J. Michael Flanery ( produces XPM output; it is available on xpe on produces XPM output. Phoenix is a 24-bit editor for editing of photos, notably. An alpha is on Yaged (Yet Another Graphics EDitor) is an X/Motif(1.1) TIFF pixmap editor. Sources are on in /pub/MotifStuff/yaged. The SENBEI paint program by Kenichi Chinen ( is available through . It loads and saves several file formats. Commerial Paint Products: DEC Ultrix includes the dxpaint bitmap editor. OpenWindows includes the olpixmap editor. SCO ODT includes the SCOpaint editor. HP VUE includes the vueicon editor. Dux Ta-Dah!, 1-800-543-4999 Arts&Letters Composer, 214-661-8960 IslandGraphics offers IslandPaint. Info: 415-491-1000. xgremlin, a simple drawing editor, is available from PubDraw. BBN/Slate from BBN Software Products includes a full-featured draw and paint program with object grouping and multiple patterns; multiple X platforms. (617-873-5000). [11/90] Several integrated office-productivity tools include draw/paint capabilities: The Applixware office integration tools from Applix (1-800-8APPLIX, MA: 508-870-0300) include draw/paint capabilities. [thanks in part to Stephen J. Byers (, J. Daniel Smith (, and David Koblas (]
Subject: 99) Where can I get an X-based plotting program? These usually are available from uucp sites such as uunet or other sites as marked; please consult the archie server to find more recent versions. See also the, available from or gnuplot X (xplot), PostScript and a bunch of other drivers. [and elsewhere]:R5contrib/gnuplot3.4a.tar.Z gl_plot X output only [?] comp.sources.unix/volume18 graph+ [] comp.sources.unix/volume8 pdraw,drawplot 2D and 3D X,PS [] [] [] uunet:~ftp/contrib/drawplot.tar.Z xgraph plot, zoom. Outputs PS or HPGL. [] [] [] comp.sources.x/volume3 or many other sites ACE/gr (formerly xvgr and xmgr) XY plotting tools [10/95] XGobi An interactive dynamic scatter-plotting tool from Bellcore general/xgobi* [log in as statlib with your email as the password; or send email to containing the one-line message "send xgobi from general"] Information from: Debby Swayne, Robot a scientific XView-based graph plotting and data analysis tool [] plotmtv a multi-purpose 2D/3D plotter XgPlot Motif-based x-y graphing with a movie-loop display [2/91. Thanks in part to: (Ed Vielmetti); geoff@Veritas.COM (Geoffrey Leach); Paul A. Scowen (; black@beno.CSS.GOV (Mike Black)] See also .
Subject: 100)! Where can I get an X-based graph-drawing program? Xgrab reads a textual specification of a graph, lays out the graph using heuristics to minimize the number of edge crossings, and displays the graph as labeled nodes and edges in an X window. Sources are on ( as pub/xgrab.tar.Z. Interviews 2.6 is required. [12/93] daVinci is a universal, generic visualization system for generating high-quality drawings of directed graphs. Besides a novel automatic layout algorithm for graphs, many interactive features such as fine-tuning of a layout, abstractions and scaling operations are provided. A bidirectional application interface is implemented for tool communication with arbitrary programs. daVinci is available for Sun's and PC's with Linux from . Version 2.0.1 is current [8/96].
Subject: 101)! Where can I get an X-based spreadsheet? Xspread is an electronic spreadsheet which runs under X; it was developed by software engineering teams as part of a college course "Introduction to Software Engineering". The structure and operation of the spreadsheet is similar to but not identical with popular spreadsheets such as Lotus 1-2-3 and its clones. Like other spreadsheets, the workspace is arranged into rows and columns of cells. Each cell can contain a number, a label (i.e. character string), or a formula which evaluates to a number or label. Xspread is apparently based on sc. Sources are available as [11/95]. Information: [6/96] The GNU package Oleo handles spreadsheet cells with cross-references and calculation formulas. It can generate PostScript renditions of spreadsheets. Sources are available [6/96]. A simple spreadsheet based on the XbaeMatrix is available at . [8/96] Wingz is an easy-to-use, graphical spreadsheet for business and technical professionals, that allows users to create sophisticated presentations and reports, as well as user interfaces and end-user applications. The next major release of Wingz (version 2.1) is currently in beta and the 1.4.1 release is being released for Linux as shareware. Wingz 1.4.1 for Linux is a fully functional release of Wingz 1.x and as such is fully compatible with all other non-realtime versions of Wingz 1.x. Sources and other information are at [6/96] NExS, the Network Extensible Spreadsheet from X Engineering Software Systems, is a full-featured, Motif compliant spreadsheet developed specifically for Unix. A complete application programming interface (API) is provided with NExS. The API allows external processes, running locally or remotely, to access and manipulate the formulas and data stored in NExS cells, as well as access to all of the controls and features of NExS, including graphics. The flexible NExS API allows the NExS spreadsheet to serve as either the "client" or the "server" in a networked environment, supporting one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many connectivity. You can download the functional demonstration of NExS which may be enabled for a full license; it is available from . [6/96] Also [commercial programs not recently confirmed]: Several of the below are part of integrated office-productivity tools which may also include word-processing, email, conferencing, image processing, and drawing/painting, among other features. Vendor Product Contact Information ------ ------- ------------------- Access Technology 20/20 508-655-9191 Investment Intellegent System WingZ 800-494-9464 shareware WingZ some Linux vendor Quality Software Products Q-Calc/eXclaim 800-628-3999 (CA:213-410-0303) Unipress Q-Calc 201-985-8000 Uniplex Uniplex 214-717-0068, 800-356-8063 Digital DECdecision 1-800-DIGITAL Applix Applixware 508-870-0300, 1-800-8APPLIX. AIS XESS 919-942-7801, AIS Xslite 919-942-7801, BBN Software Products BBN/Slate 617-873-5000 Elsid Software Systems Ripcam 613-228-9468 Andrew Consortium table Axene XQuad SAS by the SAS Institute now has a spreadsheet module; the X version is available on the current popular RISC platforms.
Subject: 102) Where can I get X-based project-management software? Vendor Product Contact Information ------ ------- ------------------- Productivity Solutions Ultra Planner 617-237-1600 Quality Software Products MasterPlan Version, 310-410-0303 Digital Tools, Inc. AutoPLAN 408-366-6920, 800-755-0065 NASA COMPASS 404-542-3265, GEC-Marconi Software Systems GECOMO Plus 703-648-1551 GEC-Marconi Software Systems SIZE Plus 703-648-1551 TEI, Inc VUE 408-985-7100 Mantix Cascade 703-506-8833 Advanced Management Solutions Schedule Publisher 800-397-6829 Auburn University ?? ?? Computer Associates SuperProject ?? Xopps ACCENT GraphicVUE [thanks to Pete Phillips; 7/92] [thanks to Atul Chhabra (; 10/92] Pete Phillips ( posts to comp.sources.wanted a FAQ on project-management programs.
Subject: 103)! Where can I get an X-based PostScript previewer? Ghostscript is distributed by the Free Software Foundation and includes a PostScript interpreter and a library of graphics primitives. Version 2.6.2 is now available; version 3.0 will include a full implementation of PostScript Level 2. Sources are on (pick up ghostscript-fonts-2.6.2.tar.gz as well). Related goodies are at . [6/96] GhostView (by Tim Theisen, is full-function user interface for GhostScript. Sources are on and binaries for various architectures are at . GSPreview (by the Computing Laboratory of the University of Kent at Canterbury) is an X user interface (WCL-based) to the Ghostscript 2.4-2.6 interpreter. The source is available for anonymous ftp from as gspreview.2.4.tar.Z [9/94] or from which outdates . XPsView (by Francois Bourdoncle, is a Motif wrapper around PsView, which is a X11 DSC Document viewer that can use both XDPS and GhostScript as the interpreter engine. An early version was an the Alpha Freeware CD. More recent versions, which include batch translation of PostScript files into PPM files, are on . This software is "postcardware", that is, if you like it, you are kindly requested to send the author a postcard. Version 1.47 is current as of 10/96. Also [commercial products not recently confirmed]: ScriptWorks is Harlequin's software package for previewing and printing PostScript(R) descriptions of text and graphics images; previewers for X are available. For information call +44-223-872522 or send email to Image Network's Xps supports the full PostScript language and renders in color, grayscale, or monochrome. Fonts displayed are anti-aliased. Info: Image Network, +1 415 967 0542. Digital's dxpsview runs on UWS 2.1 and 2.2. Sun's pageview runs with the X11/NeWS server. Showpage, the PostScript previewer from Adobe Systems, is available from ICS as part of the Display PostScript System for Sun Solaris 1 (SunOS). More information is available from ICS at, or +1 617 621 0060, or Fax at +1 617 621 9555, .
Subject: 104) Where can I get an X-based GKS package? The latest freely-available XGKS can be obtained from; this is a 2c implementation derived from the X11R4 contrib XGKS from IBM and the University of Illinois. The release is on [] as pub/xgks.tar.Z. [12/90] In addition, Grafpak-GKS is available from Advanced Technology Center (714-583-9119). GKSUL is available from (ULowell CS department). It is a 2b implementation which includes drivers for a variety of devices. It can be passed an X window ID to use. The package includes both C and Fortran bindings. [11/90; from and from] An XgksWidget is produced by Neil Bowers (neilb@leeds.dcs;; the latest [10/91] conforms with the new version of XGKS (2.4). It is available on in R5contrib/xgks-widget.tar.Z.
Subject: 105) Where can I get an X-based IRIS GL package? Ygl 3.0.0 [9/95] (by Fred Hucht, fred@thp.Uni-Duisburg.DE) emulates most of SGI's GL's two-dimensional drawing routines and the window, queue, color (cmap/RGB) stuff, double-buffering and more. Ygl is available from ftp.thp.Uni-Duisburg.DE (, as pub/source/X11/Ygl-3.0.0.tar.gz. For more information see http://www.thp.Uni-Duisburg.DE/Ygl/ReadMe.html . Certain vendors (SGI, IBM) are offering a GL package for X. VOGL/VOGLE from /pub/vogle.tar.{Z.gz} and pub/vogl.tar.{Z.gz} handle 3D drawing operations. VOGL is closer to GL than VOGLE.
Subject: 106) Where can I get an X-based OpenGL package? Information about OpenGL implementations can be found at . OpenGL is either bundled with the operating system or unbundled depending on the vendor. Prominent OpenGL vendors with X products are DEC, E&S, IBM, Metrolink, Portable Graphics, Sony, and Template Graphics. Portable Graphics and Metrolink both provide OpenGL implementations for Linux. Brian Paul's Mesa is a public domain implementation of a library with an API very similar to that of OpenGL. Currently, Mesa works on most Unix/X systems and MS Windows. An outdated Amiga driver is also included (but needs some work). Other device drivers for MS DOS, Mac, etc. should be available eventually. Mesa can be obtained by ftp. Information on Mesa can be found at . 1.2.6 was current 5/96. The OpenGL Utility Toolkit (GLUT) is a toolkit for making it easier to explore OpenGL programming. It implements a simple windowing API for OpenGL. GLUT was described in the Nov/Dec '94 issue of The X Journal magazine. Version 3.0 of the GLUT API version 2 distribution is now [6/95] available in . Two OpenGL for Linux implementations are now available from either Metrolink and Portable Graphics (an E&S company). These are licensed, complete, and conformant implementations. Info at: OpenGL implementations are also available for non-X platforms like Windows NT, OS/2, and the Power Mac. Thanks to (Mark Kilgard) [8/95].
Subject: 107) Where can I get an X-based PEX package? The first official release of PEX is with X11R5; fix-22 brings the Sample Implementation server to version 5.1. The PEX 5.2 Protocol specification is now available via anonymous ftp to, in the directory /pub/DOCS/PEX/. [8/94] There is now available from the University of Illinois an implementation of the PEX 4.0 specification called UIPEX. It contains a "near- complete" implementation of PHiGS and PHiGS PLUS. The file pub/uipex/uipex.tar.Z is on (; the porting platform was an RT running 4.3. Questions and comments can to go In addition, the PEXt toolkit by Rich Thomson ( is available on as PEXt.tar.Z; it includes a PEX widget making it easier to include PEX in Xt-based programs.
Subject: 108) Where can I get an X-based TeX or DVI previewer? The xtex previewer for TeX files is available from a number of archive sites, including uunet; the current version is usually on ( in SeeTeX-2.18.5.tar.Z; pre-converted fonts are also on that machine. The distribution all includes "mftobdf" which converts PK, GF, and PXL fonts to BDF format, where they can then be compiled for use by your local X server. The xdvi dvi-previewer is fairly comprehensive and easy to use. It is also available from a number of sites, including uunet and; current version is patchlevel 16 [12/92].
Subject: 109) Where can I get an X-based troff previewer? xditview, a previewer for device-independent troff, is in contrib in X11R6; it was a supported client in X11R5 and X11R4. X11R4 also offers the contributed xtroff; an earlier version of xtroff also appeared on the R3 contributed source. In addition, the xman client can be used to preview troff documents which use the -man macros (i.e. man pages). If psroff is used its output can be viewed with a PostScript previewer. Groff, a C++-based [tn]roff document formatter from the Free Software Foundation, includes an X-based document previwer based probably on xditview. Groff can put out both dvi and PostScript, so xdvi or GhostView can be used to preview formatted documents. In addition: xproof, an X previewer for ditroff has been contributed by Marvin Solomon (; version 3.5 is available on in R5contrib/xproof*. [8/90] Elan Computer Group (CA: 415-964-2200) produces eroff, a modified troff implementation, and Elan/Express, an X11 eroff previewer. SoftQuad (416-239-4801, USA only 800-387-2777; offers SoftQuad Publishing Software, including a substantially- rewritten troff formatter, a better intermediate language with backwards compatibility, and an X11[R3,R4] previewer. (This is the package adopted by AT&T's own MIS department, and used in and re-sold by many parts of AT&T). [information from Ian Darwin, SoftQuad ( 3/90] Image Network (1-800-TOXROFF; CA: 415-967-0542) offers the Xroff package, which includes a fine modified troff implementation and a set of X11-based page previewers. (This is the package OEM'ed by several hardware vendors.) [mostly courtesy (Mark Moraes)] [2/90]
Subject: 110)! Where can I get a WYSIWYG interface builder (or other shortcuts)? A release of the DIRT interface builder by Richard Hesketh works with X11R5 and includes some support for the Motif widget set. It generates WCL-1.1 code. DIRT is known to be outdated. It is available through comp.sources.x archives. The InterViews 3.0.1 C++ toolkit contains a WYSIWIG interface builder called ibuild. ibuild generates code for an InterViews application complete with Imakefile and an X-resource file. Documentation is /pub/papers/ on ( Quest Windows's (408-496-1900) ObjectViews C++ package includes an interactive building tool. Druid (Demonstrational Rapid User Interface Development) runs on SPARC machines using OSF/Motif 1.0; it is intended eventually to be a full UIMS but apparently now has only support for creating the presentation components, for which it generates C/UIL code. Info: Singh G, Kok CH, Ngan TY, "Druid: A System for Demonstrational Rapid User Interface Development". Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH Symp on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'90). ACM, NY, 1990, pp:167-177. The XF builder (version 2.3.n) is a TCL/Tk builder; versions are on You may subscribe to a mailing list by sending "sub xf-l <Your name>" to There are several TCL/TK tools which act as interface builders; see the comp.lang.tcl FAQ for details. ADEW in the Andrew User Interface System supports WYSIWYG user interface construction with the full selection of AUIS insets, including text, rasters, tables, and the usual interactors. Semantics can be coded in C or in Ness, the AUIS extension language. Camel, a generic IDT for Xt widget sets, is available from Also: In addition, these commercial products (unsorted) are available in final or prerelease form [the * following the product name indicates that the product is known to allow the designer to specify for each widget whether a particular resource is hard-coded or written to an application defaults file, for at least one form of output]. Some are much more than user-interface tools; some are full user interface management systems; information on most is not up-to-date: Product Name Look/Feel Code Output Vendor HP Interface Motif 1.1 C(Xm) HP/Visual Edge Architect/ UIMX OPEN LOOK Express OPEN LOOK C(Xol+ helper lib) AT&T / Visual Edge UIMX 2.0 * Motif 1.1 C(Xm + helper code) Visual Edge 514-332-6430 & distributors Ada/UIMX 2.9 Motif 1.2 Ada Bluestone X-Designer 3.2 * Motif 1.2 C(Xm); C/UIL; C++ Imperial Software Technology, Ltd (+44 734 587055) US:413-586-4144 XFaceMaker2 (XFM2) * Motif 1.0 C;C/script (C-like procedural language);C/UIL NSL (33 1 43 36 77 50) Builder Xcessory 3.5 * Motif 1.2 C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w] ICS Ada; and reads GIL (617-621-0060) Builder Xcessory 2.6 * Motif 1.1 C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w] DEC [VMS; OSF/1] (1-800-DIGITAL) iXBUILD Motif 1.1 C(Xm); C/UIL iXOS Software karl@ixos.uucp 089/461005-69 TeleUSE 2.1 * Motif 1.1.5 C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w] Alsys(TeleSoft) (619-457-2700) in Germany: in GmbH, +49 7531 65022, ezX 3.2 Motif 1.1 C(Xm +helper lib);C/UIL;Ada Sunrise (401-847-7868) Snapix Motif C/Xm ADNT +33 1 3956 5333 OpenWindows Developers OPEN LOOK GIL [-> C/XView] Sun Guide 3.0 GIL [-> C++/XView] GIL [-> C/OLIT] GIL [-> C/PostScript for TNT] ExoCode/SXM Motif C(Xm) Expert Object ExoCode/Plus OPEN LOOK XView 708-676-5555 TAE Plus v5.3 Motif 1.2; C, C++ , Ada Century Computing Dynamic Data Objects 1-800-823-3228 MOB, XSculptor Motif; OpenLook C/Xm,UIL; C/Xol Kovi 408-982-3840 PSM PM, MSW 3.0, C/UIL Lancorp Motif 1.1.2,Mac Pty Ltd. +61 3 629 4833 Fax: 629 1296 (Australia) MOTIFATION * Motif 1.1.x|1.2 C(Xm) PEM Stuttgart +49 (0) 0711/713045 +49 (0) 0711/713047 fax UIB Open Look/Motif C++(OI) ParcPlace (?) +1 303-678-4626 ILOG BUILDER Motif ILOG 1 415 390 9000 XVT-Design Motif,OL,Windows,&c XVT 303-443-4223 Mimex Motif 1.2 C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w] Kernex 408-441-7376 Xad Motif 1.2 ACC, 800-546-7274, 203-454-5500, XVP 1.5 Motif lxb 0.4 Motif SNAPIX Motif Look for magazine reviews for more complete comparisons of meta-file formats, documentation, real ease-of-use, etc; Unix World and Unix Review often carry articles. See also SunExpert 5/93. ParcPlace is making freely available its popular ObjectBuilder and Object Interface (OI) products for the Linux operating system [Note! these may now be owned by Pure Software.]. ObjectBuilder is a GUI builder written completely in C++, that enables UNIX C++ developers to apply the principles of object-orientation to the development of user interfaces. OI, a C++ class library, provides the toolkit foundation for ObjectBuilder. OI implements the look-and-feel of both Motif 1.2 and OPEN LOOK. OI is built directly on top of Xlib and is unencumbered by runtime royalties to any party. ObjectBuilder and OI are very extensible, actively facilitating the use of subclassing to create new, reusable, user interface components. Sources are on in /pub/linux/packages/OI and available from ParcPlace (+1 408 481 9090). Neuron Data (1 415 321-4488) makes Open Interface, a window-system-independent object toolkit which supports interfaces which are or resemble (supersets of) Mac, Windows, and Motif and Open Look; the package includes an interface builder. The GRAMMI builder supports the development of Ada/X applications using its own set of objects which have Motif look and feel. GRAMMI is written in Ada and generates Ada specs and stub bodies. Call 1-800-877-1815 or send mail to with subject "send grammi" [without quotes]. In addition, these non-WYSIWYG but related products may help for goals of rapid prototyping of the application interface: WCL: the Widget Creation Library. Basically describes the widget hierarchy and actions in a resources file; available from fine archive servers everywhere, including ( in pub/. Wcl provides a very thin layer over Xt without any internal tweaking. Version 2.7 is in[gz] [12/94]. (A tutorial on WCL is available by telnet'ing to and using "search iap292".) TCL/TK: TK is a Motif-like object set for use with the TCL scripting language. There is also a package tclMotif on which may be used to add TCL scripting to Motif programs; version 1.4 was released 4/95. WAFE: Wafe is a package that implements a symbolic interface to the Athena widgets (X11R5) and OSF/Motif. A typical Wafe application consists of two parts: a front-end (Wafe) and an application program which runs typically as a separate process. The application program can be implemented in an arbitrary programming language and talks to the front-end via stdio. Since Wafe (the front-end) was developed using the extensible TCL shell, an application program can dynamically submit requests to the front-end to build up the graphical user interface; the application can also down-load application specific procedures into the front-end, which can be executed without interaction with the application program. Wafe 1.0 is available from [7/94]. XGEN: a scripting language which can be used to prototype Motif environments; available on WINTERP: an Xlisp-based Motif toolkit (by Niels Mayer) allows for rapid prototyping and interpretive programming. Its interactive application development and delivery environment features a high-level object-oriented interface to the OSF/Motif Widgets and Xtoolkit, a high-level object-oriented 2.5D graphics/animation widget based on Xtango's path-transition animation paradigm, and facilities for communicating with other Unix processes and data. WINTERP's interpreter is "serverized" so that other applications can communicate with WINTERP-based applications via unix domain sockets, or optionally, through internet domain sockets. WINTERP's built-in interpreter is based on XLISP-PLUS, which is a small, fast, portable, C-implemented interpreter providing a subset of Common-Lisp functionality and a Smalltalk-inspired object system. A major new release, WINTERP 2.03, is on the X11R6 contrib tapes; version 2.03 [7/94] is on in contrib/devel_tools/. Info: See also . IXI Visual TCL extends Tcl 7.3 to support OSF/Motif 1.2. Available from* or // [5/95] The Serpent UIMS permits the building of user-interfaces without specific knowledge of coding but with an understanding of attributes being set on a particular [Motif] widget. Beta Release 1.2 is available from ( and can be found in /pub/serpent. Serpent is also available on ( in /R5contrib/serpent. Email questions can go to A commercial version of Serpent is available as "Agora" from ASET, 221 Woodhaven Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Garnet is a Common Lisp-based GUI toolkit. Information is available from MetaCard is a hypertext/Rapid Application Development environment similar to Apple/Claris Corporation's HyperCard ( MetaCard is available via anonymous FTP from,, or (Mailing list: XForms, at as /pub/xforms, is a graphical user interface toolkit and builder based on Xlib. It includes a set of Xlib-based objects, configurable to look like Motif, and permits interactive placement of them. See also and and the mailing list available through Version V0.81 was released 9/96. MARX is a quasi-C interpreter with special extensions to write GUI in X windows. It has features such as dynamic linking, shell script invocation, event-based I/O and simplified client/server via sockets. Information is at [4/96]. DtScript version 3.0 is a GUI builder based on UIM/X technology from Visual Edge Software. The resulting application generated by DtScript is a dtksh shell script that runs in any COSE compliant environment. See for more info. [8/96] Articles comparing these tools include: UnixWorld 5/92; SunWorld 12/92; LAN Computing 12/92; SunExpert 5/93. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- David B. Lewis "Just the FAQs, ma'am." -- Joe Friday

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