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I have tried to make WhizzyTeX work with XeTeX (or, specifically, XeLaTeX), but just adding


in whizzytex.conf (or changing this setting by any other means) and specifying PDF output does not help. Things seem to be more complicated than this (and believe me, I have tried).

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Welcome to TeX.SX. – Claudio Fiandrino Dec 13 '12 at 10:45
It will be important that you also change the INITEX program to I guess INITEX=xetex -ini. WhizzyTeX works by creating a custom format file for each document for faster compilation. – Andrew Swann Dec 14 '12 at 12:13
Didier Remy, the author of WhizzyTeX, says in an email that it will not work: "So my quick answer before any investigation (which I cannot do now) is that xetex might be incompatible with whizzytex if you use special fonts." – bluebirch Feb 12 '13 at 10:50
@bluebirch, would you like to expand your comment into an answer? – Paul Gessler Aug 19 '14 at 1:44

As noted in a comment, this is not possible. The WhizzyTeX website described how the system works and in particular the fact it relies on a .dvi . However, XeTeX does not produce .dvi files: it produces .xdv (extended .dvi) files and then converts them to PDF format. There is no viewer for xdv files, so a switch cannot be made.

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