I have used version 3.3b of the early 90's vintage for
many years, in both DOS and UNIX. Regrettably advances in
software/hardware have made it creak a little, and below
I originally described some stops in my turn of the
century quest for the perfect gle. I've
found that many of the original links are dead, and have
tried to update where possible:
- The original Chris Pugmire version
can still be found, but you have to search for
it, as many older repositories of programs are
- Extension to 32bit operation by
Axel Rohde as version 3.3h was for a long time
available from University of Duesseldorf.
Regrettably I did not manage to get this to work
satisfactorily, but admittedly I didn't try very
hard. Successful installation promised a wide
selection of SVGA modes for the preview screen
- Recompilation of version 3.3h
which works well enough in the win95+ world was
found by me on the web in the mid 90's and
combined with the Rohde version. Note that the
mouse does exist in preview mode, but it is
activated by pressing the appropriate keyboard
key for line or text placement. Previewing is
also limited to standard VGA. This version is now
available as gle-3.3h-bin-windows.zip on the glx.sourceforge.net site.
- An interesting Delphi port for
W95+/NT by Derek Ingram is available from http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/people/dgi/ in the file glefix2.zip. The program is
called gle2000 - I've only given it a short glance and
it works, but it is not 100% compatible with the
old gle syntax and it does tend to crash a lot.
It also appears to be receiving no further
development or support.
- There has been further development
of gle by Vincent LaBella to version 3.5,
which was an enhanced version of psgle.
- Development of gle is being continued as a SourceForge
project, currently in version gle 4. Jan Struyff deals with most issues
associated with development and packaging, while
Al Budden is developing a ghostscript based
previewer with some online drawing features,
which is called qgle.
gle 4 is available from Sourceforge and through its org alias. The package has already been through
many subversions and offers hassle free installation of a
compiled executable for Windows, as well as source code
for Windows or Unix compilation. The Sourceforge site
also offers gle related information and downloads, including
manuals in the "Support & Docs" section of
its website. Older versions of gle are
available in the "Downloads" section of the glx.sourceforge.net site, which is currently the central site for gle
downloads and gle related links.
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