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Archive-name: x-faq/part5
Last-modified: 1996/09/26

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

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

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

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

(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

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 .

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


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

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

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

 gnuplot	X (xplot), PostScript and a bunch of other drivers. [and elsewhere]:R5contrib/gnuplot3.4a.tar.Z

 gl_plot	X output only [?]

 graph+ []

 pdraw,drawplot		2D and 3D X,PS [] [] []

 xgraph		plot, zoom. Outputs PS or HPGL. [] [] []
	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

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

[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

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
	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

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


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
								& distributors
Ada/UIMX 2.9		Motif 1.2	Ada			Bluestone
X-Designer 3.2 *	Motif 1.2	C(Xm); C/UIL; C++	Imperial
								Technology, Ltd
							      (+44 734 587055)
XFaceMaker2 (XFM2) * 	Motif 1.0	C;C/script (C-like procedural 
							(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
TeleUSE 2.1 *		Motif 1.1.5	C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w]	Alsys(TeleSoft)
							in Germany: in GmbH,
							+49 7531 65022,
ezX 3.2			Motif 1.1	C(Xm +helper lib);C/UIL;Ada
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
			Data Objects			1-800-823-3228
MOB, XSculptor		Motif; OpenLook	C/Xm,UIL; C/Xol		Kovi
PSM			PM, MSW 3.0,	C/UIL			Lancorp
			Motif 1.1.2,Mac				Pty Ltd.
								+61 3 629 4833
								Fax:  629 1296
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
								1 415 390 9000
XVT-Design		Motif,OL,Windows,&c			XVT
Mimex			Motif 1.2	C(Xm); C/UIL[r/w]	Kernex
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.


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