[pdftex] Getting Acrobat Reader to refreah like Xpdf

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Sep 23 15:29:08 CEST 2004

On Wednesday 22 September 2004 07:06, Thierry Bouche wrote:
> Ahumm
> J> As an inferior subsitute one could I suppose fire it up and
> J> ask it to open at a given page number.
> If you're in situation of compiling and checking under windows, you
> simply need to make sure that the PDF is closed before every
> compilation, and you reopen after compilation with the back function.
> I have my Xemacs+Auctex under windows set up like that:
> latex = pdfopen --file %s.pdf & pdfclose --file %s.pdf & 
> -interaction=nonstopmode -efmt=pdfelatex %t
> pdfopen/pdfclose are simple programs in fptex making calls to acrobat
> through DDE connections. It appeared that pdfclose could not init the
> connection by itself, thus the previous pdfopen that doesn't hurt if the
> PDF is already open...
> Thus...
> I compile in xemacs with C-c C-c CR
> I switch to acrobat window with Alt-Tab
> I press Alt-left arrow to be back in the PDF at the last opened view.
> And I'm happy with that, especially given that acrobat is fast and has a
> very good display quality.
> J> The objective is of course a semi-wysiwyg process for pdftex
> development. I J> can do it on Linux with xpdf, but xpdf doesn't run on
> Windows AFAIK.
> I thought it was. Anyway, you could also use ghostview, which does also
> refresh automatically. The problem I faced quite many times is that,
> when compilation is long, it tries to reopen the unfinished PDF file,
> and displays errors. This takes then more time to go back to the page
> you want to look at...

Very helpful advice, even though I work in Vim and not Emacs. I will try 
the Ghostview approach. 
John Culleton

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