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Re: Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks

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  • Subject: [mg18108] Re: [mg18079] Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks
  • From: Jean-Marie Thomas <jmthomas at>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 12:26:42 -0400
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When inserting external objects, you destroy the "7bits only" which - I
understand - makes Mathematica notebooks portable.

Except for presentations, inserting external objects brings no interest,
because you cannot have no real link between them and your code.

Hope this helps,


 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
> Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
> Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
> Amherst, MA 01003-4515

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