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 Previewing formatted files

Anything that you can send to the printer can normally be sent to the screen as well. Depending on the file format, you can use one of these commands:

  • PostScript files: with the gv (GhostView) command.

  • TeX dvi files: with xdvi, or with KDE's kdvi.

  • PDF files: xpdf, kpdf, gpdf or Adobe's viewer, acroread, which is also available for free but is not free software. Adobe's reader supports PDF 1.6, the others only support PDF versions up to 1.5. The version of a PDF file can be determined using the file command.

  • From within applications, such as Firefox or OpenOffice, you can usually select Print Preview from one of the menus.

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