other PDF viewer
Topic: other PDF viewer
started by: glori
Posted by glori on Feb. 09 2007,13:25hi,
does somebody know how to upgrade or to install another pdf viewer? For example sometimes I want to copy parts of an document and I don't know how with Xpdf. Or there are some pdfs I can't open with it, too. I looked for another programm but didn't find one.
< Erlebnis Ecuador >
Posted by lucky13 on Feb. 09 2007,14:00
You can use the myDSL extension for Open Office. OO1.1 and higher have PDF import and export, iirc. You'll need at least 384 MB RAM to use the extension. I don't recall if abiword imports (or exports) PDF.
Posted by glori on Feb. 09 2007,14:19ahh fine, I think I tried to import a pdf with OpenOffice but I did't get it. So I will try again.
< Erlebnis Ecuador >
Posted by lucky13 on Feb. 09 2007,14:44
Did it report any errors to you when it didn't open?
Posted by roberts on Feb. 09 2007,15:05There is a very good XPDF program in the UNC section.
Works very well for me. xpdf-3.0.1p12.unc
Posted by lucky13 on Feb. 09 2007,15:18
One more idea if Open Office doesn't import PDFs. You can use one of the online pdf:___ conversion methods (the programs it would likely take to do it on your own computer pretty much defeat the pupose of DSL). < Adobe > has an online conversion page. They also have email addresses to handle conversion; you send PDFs and get back TXT or HTML:
This one describes how to use your < Gmail > account to convert PDF to other formats you can work with including DOC and HTML (as well as OO/XML formats). Basically, you'll just send yourself the PDFs and then convert them in view and then save them in whichever format you prefer.
< Here's > the Gmail help page with more information.
Hope that helps.
Posted by WDef on Feb. 11 2007,22:22scite.uci can export as pdf - handy for a quick conversion.
Posted by reidar on Feb. 21 2007,19:41If you are still interested in another pdf-viewer, I have created an acroread.unc. It's Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4, so it's not the latest and greatest. It works beautifully though, and it is much better than xpdf (in my opinion at least). Being version 4, it is not that large an app either, making it perfect for older machines. The reader cannot be an official extension because of the licensing, so I have put it on my private web space. You can try it if you want. It works well for me. The link is: < http://home.no.net/mosvold/Ext/acroread.unc >
Posted by sheldonisaac on Feb. 24 2007,02:13I downloaded the xpdf viewer Robert spoke of, the unc one.
But it does not show up on the desktop.
There is an xpdf, but I think it's the older one that comes with DSL 3.2?
Posted by roberts on Feb. 24 2007,05:18The xpdf.unc requires live cdrom or frugal with the default unionfs.
It overlays the exising xpdf. So clicking the existing desktop icon or menu item calls the newer more capable xpdf.
If you have a traditional hard install, you would need to unpack the downloaded xpdf.unc.
Posted by mikshaw on Feb. 24 2007,05:53
In other words, rename it to xpdf.uci and mount it. From there you can copy the files from /opt/xpdf into the "regular" filesystem. For example, if the binary is /opt/xpdf/usr/bin/xpdf, copy it to /usr/bin/xpdf
Posted by sheldonisaac on Feb. 24 2007,14:54Thank you, Robert and Mikshaw. I'm using DSL 3.2, frugal.
I will try to paste the relevant part of the Grub menu.lst.
The help for the xpdf on the desktop looks the same whether the .unc is in the mydsl directory or in the mydsl/optional directory before booting:
It says version 1.00, handles pdf file of the 1.4 kind?
kernel /boot/linux24 fromhd=/dev/hda3 root=/dev/hda3 quiet noacpi dma restore=hdb2 nopcmcia frugal host=asus write desktop=jwm
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/root.old 2971 626 2345 21% /
/dev/pts 199768 3128 196640 2% /dev/pts
/dev/hda3 69995 50809 15572 77% /cdrom
/dev/cloop 121088 121088 0 100% /KNOPPIX
/ramdisk 196800 2504 194296 1% /ramdisk
unionfs 196800 2504 194296 1% /ramdisk/bin
unionfs 199768 3128 196640 2% /dev
unionfs 216292 19652 196640 9% /etc
unionfs 196800 2504 194296 1% /ramdisk/lib
unionfs 196800 2504 194296 1% /ramdisk/sbin
unionfs 221108 26812 194296 12% /ramdisk/usr
unionfs 196800 2504 194296 1% /ramdisk/var
/dev/hda4 51035348 32776 48410084 0% /mnt/hda4
/dev/cloop1 16526 16526 0 100% /ramdisk/opt/opera910
/dev/cloop2 7784 7784 0 100% /ramdisk/opt/xpdf-3.01p12
Posted by roberts on Feb. 24 2007,20:11A new compiled for source, much smaller and a uci version of xpdf is now available in the testiing area.
Posted by kerry on Feb. 25 2007,09:21Hey robert have you ever looked at epdf?
-> < http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/ >
I think it's alot better than xpdf.
Posted by mikshaw on Feb. 25 2007,14:46epdfview requires GTK+ version 2.6.0 or higher.
It won't be too long before no new GUI application will be suitable for inclusion in DSL, as developers continue to bulk up even the simplest of interfaces.
Posted by sheldonisaac on Feb. 25 2007,15:20Please excuse my lack of knowledge.
I used the myDSL on the desktop to download the new .uci of xpdf, which Robert spoke of, from the testing area to the
/tmp directory here.
Then used the myDSL to load local file, clicked on the new .uci, clicked OK.
The desktop kind of flickered.
Then I clicked on the desktop xpdf icon, and its ? about still says version 1.0??
(DLS 3.2, frugal)
Posted by roberts on Feb. 25 2007,15:32Read the info file on how to use.