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.dvi File Extension

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File type: Device Independent Format File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .dvi. Files with the file extension .dvi can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .dvi files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .dvi file?

The DVI file extension is an acronym which came from the word “DeVice Independent file”. A file appended with this file extension can be processed by any typographic device or display that is very much available nowadays. It is not dependent on the image format, display device or printer. The DVI file format was first discovered on a Research Facility in New Jersey on the year of 1984. The well known developer nowadays of DVI files and DVI technology is Intel Corporation; they bought it from GE in the year 1988. File formats of this type is typically used for motion picture which involves audio and video as normally seen in movies. It is basically an output file of documents which are created in Tex Latex Software. DVI file formats works well both in Windows and MAC platforms. For windows based platforms, you can use applications such as DVII, LaTeX Editor, MiKTeX and BaKoMa TeX. On the other hand, for MAC based platforms you can use Skim, LyX/Mac and DVII.

how to open a .dvi file?

Launch a .dvi file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .dvi file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .dvi files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .dvi file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .dvi file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .dvi file association errors

applications that open a .dvi file

proTeXT

proTeXT

ProTeXt was developed by Thomas Feuerstack that works with Windows operating system. This is available in four languages namely: German, Italian, French and English. The file size of the downloadable file is 750 MB. There are third party applications included in this downloadable file in CTAN website and those are MiKTeX, ConTeXt, Ghostscript and TeXnicCenter (now known as TeXstudio). Although, the use of TeXnicCenter is highly discourage by some users. These are some latex editors that can be combined together. In order to utilize ConTeXt in ProTeXt and MiKTeX the users must install a Perl (ActivePerl and Ruby) in the users’ operating system. LaTeX involves TeX and translation of XML and DocBook to PDF files. Thru understanding more about LaTeX, users can productively use ProTeXt. This is a freeware IDE (integrated development Environment) application that focuses in Latex creation and alteration. The latest version of ProText is 3.1 released last July 2012.
MiKTeX

MiKTeX

MiKTeX is a typesetting structure for Microsoft Windows that is created by Christian Schenk. It consists of an execution of TeX and a set of related programs, and gives the tools needed to prepare documents using the TeX/LaTeX markup language, as well a simple tex editor, named TeXworks. It features easy installation, having a complete set of additions (programs, styles, fonts…) are available to help users typeset their documents, it has an integrated package manager installs missing components from the Internet, if required; having an Update Wizard helps users to keep its system up-to-date by installing the latest package updates, it has a fast previewer, having well maintained package repository and it is an open source, meaning that users are welcome to redistribute MiKTeX under certain conditions. The name derives from Christian Schenk's log-in, “MiK for Micro-Kid”. It can update itself by downloading new versions of earlier installed components and packages, and it has an easy installation process. Furthermore, it gives the users the option whether they wish to download any packages that have not yet been installed but are demanded by the current document. Present version of MiKTeX is 2.9 and is available at the MiKTeX homepage. Since version 2.7, MiKTeX has maintained for XeTeX, MetaPost and pdfTeX and compatibility with Windows 7; and is presently being ported to GNU/Linux, with a beta version being available for testing.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .dvi files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .dvi. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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