Opening Acrobat Files

Klaus Major kmajor at
Tue Feb 19 08:50:01 EST 2002

Hi Peter,

> I'm trying to get my Rev app to open Acrobat Reader on both Win and 
> Mac.  In both cases I want it to open Acrobat reader if it's not 
> already running, otherwise to use the currently running application 
> (default behaviour for Mac apps, but not for Win apps).  My questions 
> are:
> 1) how do I open Acrobat Reader under Windows, only when necessary for 
> a given PDF file? If I query the registry and then use the launch 
> command, this will open a fresh copy of Acrobat Reader for every file I 
> try to open I think, instead of re-using any currently open copy of the 
> Reader!

Sorry, dunno...

But this has been on the list some time ago. you could find it in the 

> 2) how do I get the path to Acrobat Reader on the Mac into a Rev 
> variable so I can use the "launch" command? (more generally, how do I 
> get results back from an AppleScript script?)
> I have been using the Externals Collection but I'm hitting a brick wall 
> with this, especially since it doesn't work under Mac OS X!  I'm trying 
> to find another way that avoids the need to use the Externals.
> Cheers
> Peter
> -- Peter Reid

Did you check the new (!) and free externals for Mac (AND OS X) on the 
RR website.

They do exactly what you are looking for... :-)


Klaus Major
kmajor at

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