[pdftex] Acrobat Reader 4.0 bug, incompatible with pdftex?

Tom Kacvinsky tjk at ams.org
Sat Sep 1 14:20:19 CEST 2001

Hi Ben,

I took a look at simple.pdf, using Acrobat 4.0.5 for Macintosh.  I did not
see the problems you were talking about.  Are you trying this on Windows?

Are you trying to view the file in a web browser using the Acrobat plug-in
for IE and Navigator?  If so, you might want to download the file to your
machine first, and launch Acrobat separately to view the document.  This
has "solved" the problem countless times for readers of AMS online



On Sat, 1 Sep 2001, Ben Crowell wrote:

> A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a problem with viewing
> pdftex output using Acrobat Reader. I posted on comp.text.tex
> about it, and started collecting data about when the problem
> showed up. The problem is that text inside PDF figures gets
> garbled, with, typically, half the characters being omitted,
> so that "insert tab A in slot B" becomes "i se t  ab A i  slo  B."
> Someone else just posted on comp.text.tex about the same
> problem, so it seems to be something a lot of people are
> running into, and I thought I'd post about it here.
> AFAICT, it's a bug in AR 4.0 and earlier, and it's fixed
> by upgrading to AR 5.0. It would be interesting if anyone with
> a deeper knowledge of pdftex could provide further insight.
> For an example of a document afflicted with the problem,
> see this book:
>    http://www.lightandmatter.com/area1sn.html   ,
> or I'm sure you can come up with your own minimal example.
> Although it seems to be a bug in AR, rather than pdftex,
> it would also be great if anyone could think of a way to
> make pdftex output be compatible with AR 4.0 and earlier.
> AR 5.0 is a big download, and is a slow-loading piece of
> bloatware, so I think a lot of users are going to resist
> upgrading to it.
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