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[AUCTeX] Re: preview with acrobat reader

From: Alan Ristow
Subject: [AUCTeX] Re: preview with acrobat reader
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 10:35:47 -0400
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Joost Kremers wrote:
On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 01:58:53PM +0000, Ian Fiske wrote:
Any ideas would be much appreciated.  Or is there a previewer that might work
better in windows for PDFs?

while i don't have experience with pdf-previewing on windows (i use linux),
i would certainly recommend looking for an alternative. google gives quite
a few options.

one problem with acrobat reader, IMHO a fatal flaw, is that it doesn't seem
to offer any way of rereading a pdf file.

I haven't read this group in a little while and missed the start of this thread, but I've found that pdfopen and pdfclose (part of pdftools, available on CTAN) can be used to open and close PDFs with Acrobat and return to the last opened page upon re-opening. See:

The pdftools binaries are distributed with MiKTeX (though I don't recall whether they're there by default or I had to install them via the package manager). I can't say whether they're present in other distributions.

I've only tried them manually from the command line, but that works fine for me with Reader 8 (though pdfclose will only work on files opened with pdfopen unless you close all files). I made one feeble attempt to get AUCTeX to call pdfclose prior to running pdflatex and use pdfopen to open the file, with no luck.

I hadn't mentioned my difficulties here yet because I was hoping to put a little more effort in before requesting help, but this seems like a good time to bring it up since it seems to be a hot topic right now. Unfortunately, I don't have any time to invest in it at the moment, but if someone else wants to have a go it seems like a lot of people would find it useful.


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