Additional Softcover Dependencies

Softcover has 11 additional dependencies besides “Ruby and Rubygems”

They are:

  1. LaTeX. This is a document preparation system so that should give you a clue as to what Softcover is about. It is a very long download (took me 3 evenings) as there are 2,822 files. It is available at LaTeX project.

  2. GhostScript. This is a an interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF. It is available at GhostScript.

  3. ImageMagick. This is is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images and is available at ImageMagick.

  4. Node.js. Node’s goal is to provide an easy way to build scalable network programs and is available at Node.js.

  5. PhantomJs. is a headless WebKit scriptable with a JavaScript API. It has fast and native support for various web standards: DOM handling, CSS selector, JSON, Canvas, and SVG. It is available at PhantomJS.

  6. Inkscape. is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source. It is available at Inkscape.

  7. Calibre. is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features. It is available at Calibre. I would recommend that you install this if you have a number of e-books in your library. I have created a post about this program at

  8. KindleGen. is a command line tool which enables publishers to work in an automated environment with a variety of source content including HTML, XHTML or EPUB. It is available at KindleGen

  9. Java is available at Java.

  10. Zip A recommended version is 7-Zip and is available at 7-Zip.

  11. EpubCheck is a tool to validate EPUB files. It is available at EpubCheck.

These are the 11 required Softcover dependencies. In the next chapter I will be letting you know what Softcover is, seeing as I have been telling you about all of its dependencies.

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