[texhax] controlling pdf reader (was Re: beamer and "Read out loud")

James Quirk jjq at galcit.caltech.edu
Sun Apr 18 21:08:18 CEST 2010


> I wonder if what you are doing can be generalized and packaged to
> automate the external control of a PDF reader?
To some degree I already am controlling AR. Specifically, 
when I open an AMRITA-generated PDF I use amrpdf which pre-processes 
the PDF and then launches AR on the processed PDF with a communication
pipe. This allows me to do things like unpack and run examples
on-the-fly. See for instance:


and be sure to read the built-in security FAQ. It's just that
I've not had need for what you want and so the precise functionality
is missing.

Are you wanting to have a watched folder and have AR automatically
reload when a file has changed? If so, that could easily be accomplished
by polling a localhost url that invoked a script that checked on the 
watched folder.
Anyhow you didn't mention what platform your using. If it's Linux,
and your local, it wouldn't be that big a deal for me to implement
what you want, provided you gave me a more explicit design brief offline.


> > But from your email address it seems you might be reasonably close
> > by. So if you ever find yourself near Old Town Alexandria, VA. Drop
> > me an e-mail and I'll show you what your options might be.
> Indeed, I'm more or less close ...
> Tom
>   Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
>   National Institutes of Health
>   schneidt at mail.nih.gov
>   toms at alum.mit.edu (permanent)
>   http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms (permanent)
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