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I'm completely new to TeX. I have installed MiKTeX on a Win XP machine (installation went fine), and now I would like to install dvipng. I need it to be able to use TeX in a flashcard program I use called Mnemosyne.

How is dvipng installed? I have downloaded 'dvipng-1.12.tar.gz', and when I extract it I get a folder and a bunch of files which I have no idea what to do with.

Could anyone help me?

Many thanks,

JD

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You shouldn't have to install dvipng separately from MiKTeX

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You're right - there is a dvipng in MikTeX, but it's far from the latest & greatest. I'm assuming (you what happens when...) jdelage was trying to get an updated release of dvipng & then didn't understand why there was no exe, but instead a bunch of .c & .h files. –  DaveParillo Oct 4 '09 at 18:48
    
When I installed MiKTeX, I didn't know that it included dvipng. Your 2 answers together resolve my problem, as I should be OK with any (reasonably good) version of dvipng for my needs. –  JDelage Oct 4 '09 at 19:56

The files in dvipng are the source code and build files you need to build dvipng on your computer. It uses configure, so on Windows XP, you'll need cygwin or a similar gnu/linux/*nix system to do anything with this. You'll also need a c compiler, which you can get as part of cygwin. That's going to be a lot of software for 1 converter.

I would recommend another tool. I use imagemagick a lot, but I think you'd have to use dvips (should be incl. in MikTeX) to create a postscript file first, then imagemagick could convert it to png.

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