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Re:VIEW is an easy-to-use digital publishing system for paper books and ebooks.

Supported Formats

supported formats

Output formats Re:VIEW supports are:

  • EPUB
  • LaTeX
  • InDesign (IDGXML)
  • Markdown
  • plain text (TOPBuilder Text Markup Language)

Re:VIEW uses its original format('Re:VIEW format') as source files. See doc/


There are commands generate files directly.

  • review-epubmaker: generate EPUB file.
  • review-pdfmaker: generate PDF file using LaTeX (TeXLive).
  • review-textmaker: generate text files.
  • review-webmaker: generate Web pages.
  • review-idgxmlmaker: generate InDesign XML files.

And some useful commands.

  • review-init: create a project.
  • review-compile: compile Re:VIEW format files.
  • review-vol: figure out size of Re:VIEW files.
  • review-index: generate index with various format.
  • review-preproc: preprocessor.
  • review-epub2html: generate single HTML file from EPUB for CSS typesetting.
  • review-update: update project files.


Install gem yourself as:

$ gem install review

Or build from source:

$ git clone
$ cd review
$ rake install

Or add the ./bin directory to your $PATH:

$ echo "export PATH=PATH_OF_REVIEW/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.profile

Quick Start

$ review-init hello
$ cd hello
$ (... add and edit *.re file, config.yml and catalog.yml ...)
$ rake epub    ## generating EPUB
$ rake pdf     ## generating PDF (Requirement TeXLive)
$ rake text    ## generating texts
$ rake web     ## generating Web pages
$ rake idgxml  ## generating InDesign XML files

For further information, see doc/




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Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Main part of Re:VIEW is applied GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). See COPYING file.


  • doc/, samples/: MIT License. See LICENSE file.
  • jumoline.sty, vendor/jumoline: The LaTeX Project Public License. See LPPL file.
  • plistings.sty, vendor/plistings: MIT License. See LICENSE file.
  • gentombow.sty, vendor/gentombow: BSD License. See LICENSE file.
  • jsbook.cls, vendor/jsclasses: BSD License. See LICENSE file.


Copyright (c) 2006-2020 Minero Aoki, Kenshi Muto, Masayoshi Takahashi, Masanori Kado.

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