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

LATEX=xelatex

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
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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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