[texhax] dvi vs pdf

Michael Doob mdoob at ccu.umanitoba.ca
Thu Dec 2 19:50:23 CET 2010

On Thursday 02 December 2010 12:40 pm, Michael Barr wrote:

> I have one further problem with pdf.  
The problem is not with pdf; it's with the viewer, of course.

> I am accustomed to compiling a file,  
> previewing it, making changes and then iterate.  I cannot do that with the 
> Adobe reader.  I cannot write a new pdf file while the old one is loaded. 

True, but it can be done with a three-key sequence: <CTRL>W + <ALT>F + 1.
But I take your point nonetheless. It's an unnecessary pain.

> So exit the file from the reader, then compile the new version, load 
> the new file, and then find your place again.  I find this intolerable. 
> Someone once suggested a different pdf reader and I tried it and found it 
> unsatisfactory in other ways (I no longer recall why).  I'll stick to dvi, 
> thank you.

Maybe xpdf? It has a refresh feature. 


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