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MartinC
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Problem with Adobe Reader 8.0

Postby MartinC » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:16 pm

DDE commands don't work very well with Adobe Reader 8.0. In particular, DocClose makes Reader crash. I had no problem with 7.0 but still I would like to use 8.0.

Is there a workaround? And would there be a way to use pdfopen and pdfclose, which come with MikTex?

Martin.

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TexyWolf
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Postby TexyWolf » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:51 am

Yeah, I noticed the same problem. I simply uninstalled Adobe 8.0 and reinstalled 7.0.8!

TexyWolf.

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Postby dustbinbear » Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:52 pm

I experienced problems with adobe reader 8 too, I also noticed that some pdf files that used to look (the text) well in version 7, look pretty bad in adobe reader 8.

However I wouldn't be downgrading, as I heard recently about some major security flaw being found in previous version of adobe reader.

Probably use some other readers like foxit reader?

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Postby dmonkey » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:06 pm

This problem forced me to stop using Adobe Reader to preview my LaTeX documents. I now use the YAP program in the MiKTeX distribution. It integrates brilliantly with TeXnicCenter to let me do both forward and inverse search with my .dvi documents, which I can then convert to .pdf when I'm finished proofing. It saves a lot of hassle!

If you have the MiKTeX distro, I'd just say do away with Reader altogether!

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Postby ADelm » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:31 pm

Not using Adobe Reader is not always possible, especially when you integrate drawings done with pgf/tikz.

What about using GhostView?
But I don't know about links between the original and the .pdf!

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Alain Delmotte

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TexyWolf
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Postby TexyWolf » Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:55 pm

I've tried FoxitReader, and it certainly is *fast*, but there are a few things about it that drive me crazy!

The first is that it does not AFAIK have a "windowed" interface, so a new instance is opened for each PDF document which is opened.

The second frustration I have experienced is that it renders some documents with fonts which look terrible and are quite different from much-better-looking fonts when the file is displayed with Acrobat.

It is a useful application though, because it is one stand-alone EXE file which does not require installation and is about 10% of the size of Acrobat!

TexyWolf.

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Postby Sven » Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:44 pm

MartinC wrote:DDE commands don't work very well with Adobe Reader 8.0. In particular, DocClose makes Reader crash. I had no problem with 7.0 but still I would like to use 8.0.

Is there a workaround? And would there be a way to use pdfopen and pdfclose, which come with MikTex?

Martin.


Hi Martin, I don't know anything about "pdfopen" and "pdfclose", but if these are simple command line tools, you can make TXC to call them instead of executing a DDE command. Simply do the following:
  • Choose menu "Build > Define Output Profiles..."
  • Select "LaTeX => PDF" in the list on the left
  • Select the "Viewer" tab on the right
  • Choose "Command line argument" in the relevant section on the right (i.e. "Close document...")
  • Enter the command line to be executed
That's it.
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TexyWolf
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Postby TexyWolf » Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:54 pm

I stand corrected regarding FoxitReader. I see that version 2.0 has been released which supports a windowed multidocument interface. The fonts are still not perfect for all PDF documents, but I think they are much improved.

Regarding the previous post -- where can we find details of the command line parameters for Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0? A Google search appears to reveal very little which is useful ... ?

TexyWolf.

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Postby dmonkey » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:28 pm

Hi,

If you really need to use Adobe Reader, you can get TeXnicCenter to open the file without error quite easily by using a command line argument in the profiles window.

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All you can do for the close document field is tell it not to. You'll still have to remember to close the window after you're finished previewing, but opening documents should work.

There is another workaround however. Create a bare document in TeXnicCenter:

  1. \documentclass{article}
  2. \begin{document}
  3. Blank page.
  4. \end{document}


Save it and use TeXnicCenter to build and open it in Reader. You should now be able to use Reader as you always have done for other files provided that this initial file stays open (it seems that only until all the documents opened by TeXnicCenter are closed that the program will actually crash).

I hope one of these methods is satisfactory for now, until Adobe sort this issue out.

P.S. I heard that this works fine on Adobe Reader Pro. Can anyone confirm that?

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TexyWolf
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Postby TexyWolf » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:43 pm

I just find it amazing that version 8.0 produces this problem, but not earlier versions. How is it possible to release a product that is not backwardly compatible with the previous version? Especially for something as "fundamental" as DDE commands.

Sigh.

TexyWolf.


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