Passepartout 0.2 User's Guide

Table of Contents
What is Passepartout?
Using Passepartout
Creating the XML files

What is Passepartout?

Passepartout is an open source desktop publishing application for X-Windows (Unix). The goal is to provide a simple and user-friendly, yet powerful tool for creating printed material. Passepartout combines a WYSIWYG layout editor with a high-quality typesetting engine. Passepartout is released under a BSD license. The Passepartout webpage can be found at

Passepartout is not a word processor

You do not use Passepartout for writing text, because it is only a layout editor. Basically speaking, Passepartout is in the business of taking the different parts that make up a page, such as text, photos, graphics, and "gluing" them on piece of paper. Passepartout can import from several different bitmapped image formats as well as EPS[1] files. You write the text in your favorite text editor (e.g. Emacs or VI) in an XML-based format. The XML file is then typeset using a typesetting engine called xml2ps.



Encapsulated PostScript