POPULAR DOCUMENT SOFTWARE AT SLAC
The following is a detailed list of text processing software packages used at SLAC, explaining common usage and useful information relating to each.
TeX is a computer typesetting system designed by Donald Knuth (Stanford University). It allows you to process text based on formatting instructions embedded within source files. To use TeX, you need to have the application installed on your system.
LaTeX is a special version of TeX that aims to make document preparation easier for the user. To use LaTeX, you need to have both TeX and LaTeX installed on your system.
The current version of LaTeX which is supported by the world-wide TeX community is LaTeX2e. Earlier versions of LaTeX, such as LaTeX 2.09, are no longer supported.
The LaTeX templates provided by InfoMedia are designed to work with LaTeX2e, and will not work under earlier versions of LaTeX.
RevTeX is the macropackage and style guide design by the American Physical Society (APS) to help meet requirements for physics manuscripts and standardize compuscript submission files.
Note: Some journals, such as those published by the American Physical Society, do not accept REVTeX compuscripts containing author-defined macros. For further information on REVTeX electronic submissions, see the APS REVTex4 Home Page.
To use REVTeX, you must have TeX, LaTeX, and the REVTeX style files installed on your system. The necessary REVTeX files are in revtex4.1.tar.gz and can be downloaded from the APS REVTex4 Home Page or the CTAN site.
Phyzzx is a macro package written by Marvin Weinstein and Vadim Kaplunovsky that uses plain TeX to produce papers for submission to Physical Review or Nuclear Physics.
The document Everything You Wanted to Know About Phyzzx but Didn't Know to Ask is available in hard copy in the SLAC Library.
Unix Phyzzx files can be found in usr/local/lib.shared/tex/inputs.
To use Phyzzx on a Macintosh, the following files must be present on your machine (in addition to the LaTeX application):
Microsoft Word (MSWord) is a word processing application from Microsoft, available on Macintoshes and PCs. To use any of the MS Word templates provided in the templates page, a version of the application greater than 5.0 must be loaded on your machine.