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Current version is v0.3.8, as of 2013-06-18.
See Simplex-v0.3.8.pdf for more information and more detailed installation instructions.
In order to build simplex you need the Haskell Platform. You can download it at http://www.haskell.org/platform/
You can use the Haskell Cabal to install the package, for example like so:
cabal install simplex
This is similar to
./configure; make; make install.
simplex requires a latex distribution which provides the
pdflatex command. TeX Live is recommended, as it provides
all packages that simplex uses.
For certain features you will also need
ImageMagick, but simplex will run without.
On Ubuntu you will have to install the following packages:
haskell-platform texlive texlive-latex-extra texlive-math-extra latex-xcolor
You should also install:
You might need to run
cabal update once. For a global
sudo cabal install --global. This will
simplex executable in a folder on your
Alternatively you might just want to add it to your
On Mac OS X
If you are using Homebrew (http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/) you might want to install ImageMagick and Graphviz like so:
brew install graphviz brew install imagemagick
You might want to add it to your
$PATH in your
simplex will automatically process all files in the
current working directory, but you may also specify
which files to process. Here is what simplex will tell
you when you ask it for help (
simplex [options] [files...] -h --help Print this help text. --version Print version information. -v --verbose Verbose output. -d --dry-run Dry run (do not create any files). -n --no-clean Do not clean up after building. -p --print Print processed tex to stdout. -c --crop Crops the document so that no margins are left. -f --force Forces the creation of output files. -t , -T --type= Specify type of output (pdf, png, tex) -x --pdflatex= Path to `pdflatex' executable -k --pdfcrop= Path to `pdfcrop' -z --graphviz= Path to `dot' (graphviz) -g --gnuplot= Path to `gnuplot' -m --convert= Path to `convert' (ImageMagick) -w --watch[=] Watch files or folder (optionally amount of time in ms) -3 --three-times Execute `pdflatex' three times instead of the default two times. --density=, --dpi= For output type `png' only, specifies dpi. --quality= For output type `png' only, specifies quality.