Windows 95/98/NT gradually took over MS-DOS and many people asked for a Windows version of 4TeX. In December 1997 the 4TeX team decided to (re)write a 4TeX for Windows that would have the same functionality as the MS-DOS version. 4TeX for Windows should also be an open system, in a sense that users should be able to add utilities and make changes to get the system they prefer. 4TeX for Windows has all of this and even some nice extras, such as the ability to "speak" in several different languages.
4TeX was developed in Borland Delphi 4.0 as a fully 32-bit program. Nevertheless, 4TeX still uses the advanced command interpreter 4DOS for some of its tasks (4DOS.COM on Windows 95/98; 4NT.EXE on WIndows NT). There are two reasons for this:
If you need support or help please contact: 4TeXemail@example.com
Note that if you click on the "Help" button (see the Main menu) you can press the "Debug" button. 4TeX will open a debug window with all the information you should provide to the 4TeX support team.
There is also a 4TeX mailing list. You can subscribe by sending the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org
subscribe 4tex Foo Bar
where "Foo Bar" is your real name. Note that you can only send mail to the mailing list after you have subscribe. This protects the subscribers from annoying advertising ("spam").
Updates and bug fixes will be available through anonymous ftp from ftp://4tex.ntg.nl/
Note that 4TeX is freeware. In the TeX world it is quite common that not
only software is for free, but also advice and support from fellow
TeX users. Therefore all around the world TeX user groups
were founded. If you are interested in TeX, we recommend that you
join a TeX users group.
TeX is great, but it can only evolve if people like you contribute to
the TeX community.
Enjoy TeX and 4TeX...
Wietse Dol & Erik Frambach