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

Torsten Wagner torsten.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Apr 19 05:46:02 CEST 2010

maybe a bit late ...

1) the reload function after file change is a feature of different 
pdf-viewers under Linux.

2) For other readers, the depicted page can be reloaded with a parameter 
flag from the command line.

No need for external programs you just have to call the pdf-viewer with 
a certain parameter flag from your latex editor, or it even detects the 
change automagically and refresh.

Unfortunately, I forgot which reader is capable of which feature.
But check the typical readers for your distro. okualar, xpdf, evince.

I once wrote a little python script which observed the desired pdf file 
and send the refresh command if the file changed. With this the 
functionality of the 2nd kind of viewers became the same as for the 
first kind. Unfortunately I can not find it anymore....



On 04/19/2010 01:37 AM, Tom Schneider wrote:
> James:
>>     http://www.amrita-ebook.org/tex-group/tts-sync.pdf
> A problem I have been unable to solve is how to get a PDF to reload to
> the same page when the file changes.  Alternatively, I would need some
> method to control the page of the reader (and to be able to read the
> current page) by an external script.  I've tried a lot of different
> readers and methods and none allow this - or I'm missing something.
> Maybe you have an idea?
> 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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