Suppose my currently open document is modified by another applications (for instance I have recompiled the LaTeX that generates the PDF), is there a w. acroread does not support it. The PDF reader Evince (Document Viewer), which is installed by default, automatically reloads if the file it is. It will automatically refresh when the pdf is updated. Adobe Reader and/or Adobe Acrobat are notorious for not supporting auto-refreshing the view of a PDF .
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It also seems to watch the PDF file for updates, and keeps in sync of any new versions of the PDF file and reloads it staying relkad the same page when I re-run pdflatex from TexStudio. At the moment I am working on a Windows machine, and I am trying to recreate the same workflow. I would really like to open a second viewer on my second screen so that I can navigate easily to previous chapters without losing my current position in TexStudio’s preview window which will anyway go back to the current editing location when I run pdflatex.
I presume that for some stupid reason Adobe Reader DC maintains some write lock on the file, probably keeping it open while the PDF is visible on screen. After some valuable comments, a workaround is possible zcroread a re,oad viewer.
They are not so feature rich, and maybe do not look so nice, but in this case do the job.
reloar A similar question was posted here for reference. Been a few months since I asked this question, so I figured would be good to give it closure, for anyone facing the same problem.
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Yes it is slightly uglier looking, with a weird menu button and frameless tabs, but I just care about the PDF I am reading. It also supports viewing two pages at once acrread view and continuous scrolling, just like Adobe PDF viewer. SumatraPDF doesn’t have that annoying side-bar Adobe PDF shows with useless tools no one ever uses, that takes seconds to load and there is no evident way how to switch it off by default.
Having a similar problem, I just found out that ghostview can read. I’ve always used from a shell latex then dvips and viewed the resulting. Now I can just use pdflatex which is useful as I now need to import. Ghostview is great as it has a simple unclutterred interface and keyboard shortcuts for efficient navigation and you can have files open on multiple Nvidia desktops in Windows, whereas Adobe seems to only let you open files in one acrorwad.
Update 13 Mar Now using SumatraPDF as suggested above afroread it works great automatically refreshes.
Is there a way to disable this stupid file-locking behaviour from Adobe Reader DC? I don’t think it is a viewer issue but rather a Windows issue as Adobe Reader doesn’t lock the files on either Mac or Linux. Try another PDF viewer like Sumatra ArTourter Yes it is a viewer issue.
You can open a file and close it without keeping a file lock on Windows just as in Linux. It is just that Adobe is programmed to keep a lock on the file or keep it open for no reason instead of opening and skipping to the file location it needs on demand.
In fact SumatraPDF allows you to do it. Glad you personally found a solution, but it won’t work for anyone that needs a feature Adobe has that Sumatra does not – such as reflow and form filling. JonathanBaldwin well that was not part of the scope of this question. If you are doing form filling you are then creating a form template with pdflatex.
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