[texhax] Getting pdfLaTeX to use latest version of Acrobat

Peter Flom flom at ndri.org
Mon Nov 7 15:39:10 CET 2005

I wrote

> Using proTex on a Windows machine, when I use pdfLaTeX and then view
> the file, it brings up Acrobat Reader 5.  I have Acrobat Reader 7 on
> computer.  How can I get this to be used?
> In some cases, v. 5 has had trouble reading files created by LaTeX,
> v 7 has not

Robin replied
does this not happen with every pdf you read?  (i would expect it to.)

what happens when you open a file in widnoze is determined by the
file's extension.  for each recognised extension, there's a registry
entry that says what application to use.  when i installed acrobat on
my widnoze machine, i allowed it to take over the relevant
extensions.  perhaps this is not true of the installation on your

in short, i don't believe this is a tex problem.

Thank you for your reply.

When I open the same file from Windows explorer, it opens it as an
Adobe 7 document.
If I look at it in explorer, it shows up as an Adobe 7 document, as
So pdfLaTeX seems to be writing it as an Adobe 7 document, but opening
the file with Adobe 5.....

It's a minor annoyance, since I can, of course, open the files using
Acrobat reader instead of the button in Protext.....but still an

Thanks again


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