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Re: Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks

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  • Subject: [mg18198] Re: Inserting Adobe pdf files in ver. 4 notebooks
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <slhollis at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 22:50:39 -0400
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PDF? ... You can't even import EPS files created by other applications.
I'm guessing we have to wait and shell out hundreds of $$  for version 5.0
to have such luxuries.

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
> inserted 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

Dr. Selwyn Hollis
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Savannah, GA 31419 USA

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