Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

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t0psy
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Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby t0psy » 07 Jun 2014 13:49

Installed this program via repo and appearred to work, however;

I receive pdf's from an educational establishment that have fields in that require text typing in them.
I could not open them using acroreader version 9.5.5 in the solydX repo.
I can however open the files in Ubuntu 12.04 using acroread.

I downloaded and installed.
"acroread-bin_9.5.5-1precise1_i386.deb"

from:-
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread

Acroread in SolydX can now open the akward pdf files.

t0psy
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby t0psy » 08 Jun 2014 09:59

Hmmm, it would appear my printing is broke.
Cups gets into an idle state which I can't get it out of.
I am guessing it is the installation of "acroread-bin_9.5.5-1precise1_i386.deb" that has done it.
However without the ability to open these akward pdf's in Solydx it gioves me a problem.
Any ideas most welcome as I am having to use my Xubuntu 12.04 installaion to achieve this.

t0psy
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby t0psy » 08 Jun 2014 10:09

Some details from Launchpad below, which explains why I require this version.

acroread-bin: Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader allows you to view navigate and print PDF files. This version
adds advanced forms support (save), better integration with Adobe Acrobat
workflows, customizable toolbars and better overall performance.

Launchpad also hosts the files below, is it possible to compile a Debian version from these on Solydx to install?

acroread_9.5.5.orig.tar.gz 56.6 MiB
acroread_9.5.5-1quantal1.debian.tar.gz 15.8 KiB
acroread_9.5.5-1quantal1.dsc 1.8 KiB

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ScottQuier
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby ScottQuier » 08 Jun 2014 13:31

t0psy wrote:Launchpad also hosts the files below, is it possible to compile a Debian version from these on Solydx to install?
Shouldn't be too much of a problem. Here are some links to get you started: Let us know how things go. If, after you've struggled with this for a while (I would prefer to teach how to fish then to give you the fish), you are still having problems, I'll see what I can do to help you out some more.
Scott
Quoting zerozero, "The usage of PPA's in debian-based
systems is risky at best and entails serious compatibility
problems; usually it's the best way to destroy an install"

t0psy
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby t0psy » 08 Jun 2014 15:00

Thanks very much ScottQuier I will have a go at that.

I have made a resolution that works but I'd like to develop the ability to compile from source as it would restore the software library that I had in Ubuntu PPA land.

The fix I have in place at the moment is sourced here:-
http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/201 ... untu-1404/

essentially download
http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/r ... ux_enu.deb
install the deb and the dependencies below
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 lib32nss-mdns* libxml2:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libstdc++6:i386

SolydX has been tougher to get going due to replace my Ubuntu 12.04 install.
Nvidia gfx, Gnome-do and Acroread were all more difficult to sort, however I am very impressed with the SolydX responsiveness on the desktop.
The boot is slower but once running it is very quick on my meagre hardware, I am hoping to run it for a long while.

t0psy
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Reader "acroread" problematic pdf's

Postby t0psy » 15 Jun 2014 09:24

Further update
Adobe Reader works ok, however I can only print 1 page at a time reliably as it can sometimes sit in "pending" indefinitely.
I have also received some pdfs forms that need editing and Adobe Reader 9.5.5.1 can't do it.
9.5.5.1 is the latest version I can find on linux as they dropped support.

Having trawled the web I left native Linux land and installed "PDF EXChange" viewer in Wine using PlayonLinux.

http://www.tracker-software.com/product ... nge-viewer

I had to upgrade to a late version of Wine (1.7.2) to stop crash on save and I have yet to test a serious print run.
However I can edit and save out these dreaded new pdfs.
The program is still supported, latest release 3 June 2014 and claims to be an Industry Standard PDF viewer and full editor(editor needs a purchased code and not tested by me).

I have replaced it as my default pdf viewer and I can call it up from gnome-do directly.
Its worth a go if you require up to date professional pdf form filling.


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