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Re: Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks

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  • Subject: [mg18147] Re: [mg18079] Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 00:51:46 -0400
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <199906150543.BAA13337@smc.vnet.net.> <7kc83s$6ll$3@dragonfly.wolfram.com>
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Jean-Marie Thomas wrote:
> 
> When inserting external objects, you destroy the "7bits only" which - I
> understand - makes Mathematica notebooks portable.

I don't understand this issue if I'm transporting the notebook from one
PC (Win 98) to another (Win 95), whereas I can well understand it if I
were transporting, say, from a PC to a Mac.
> 
> Except for presentations, inserting external objects brings no interest,
> because you cannot have no real link between them and your code.

But is is PRECISELY for presentation that I wanted the external
objects!  I was about to give a presentation using Mathematica (ver. 4)
as my "live Power Point", and it was VERY distressing to find that I
could not do it once I transferred the notebook from my desktop PC to
the (old) laptop PC I would use for the presentation.

Being able to summon up, say, a .pdf file in a Mathematica-based
presentation is infinitely valuable as a time saver!

> 
> Hope this helps,
> 
> jmt
> 
>  On Tue, 15 Jun 1999, Murray Eisenberg
> wrote: > Has anyone successfully and consistently been able to use Insert Object
> > in Mathematica 4 (or, for that matter, in Mathematica 3) to insert
> > existing Adobe Acrobat .pdf files into notebooks?
> >
> > (1) On my Windows 98, 166 MHz Pentium with 65 MB RAM, Mathematica 4 is
> > slow even to pop up the box of the types of objects available for
> > insertion.  Then it takes up to minutes for the Adobe Acrobat Document
> > object to be inserted.  When the insertion is finished, I see an Adobe
> > Acrobat icon and a label something like "Adobe Acrobat Document".
> >
> > However, when the notebook is later reopened, I get what appears to be a
> > totally blank cell where the insertion went.  Only by clicking inside do
> > I then see a little dashed-outline rectangle, clicking on which does at
> > long last launch Acrobat Reader with the .pdf file displayed.
> >
> > (2) IfI try the option of inserting as an Icon, sometimes I get nothing
> > and somtimes I get some tiny, tiny, nearly invisible blob in the cell.
> >
> > (3) I do not seem to be able to do more than one such insertion --
> > whether in the same Notebook or in different Notebooks -- without
> > exiting Mathematica and restarting it.
> >
> > (4) I transferred some Mathematica 4 notebooks, along with the refernced
> > ..pdf files, to a Windows 95 133 MHz, 32 MB laptop.  On their the
> > iinserted objects totally disappeared.  Not even the dashed-outline
> > rectangles.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
> > Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
> > Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
> > Amherst, MA 01003-4515

-- 
Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
Amherst, MA 01003-4515


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