Adobe Reader DC: DDE open command

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Apr 10, 2015 Apr 10, 2015

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Hello,

I am creating PDFs in a separate program, which uses a DDE command to automatically open the PDF in Adobe Reader once the PDF is created. This command is not successfully opening the PDF, although manually opening the PDF works fine. I know that similar problems occurred for Acrobat/Reader versions 10 and 11. These problems were fixed by changing the "server" for the DDE command from "acroview" to "acroview{A|R}{Major Version}" where A is used for acrobat, R for reader, and "Major Version" is "10" or "11". What is the syntax that should be used for version DC? I have tried "acroviewRDC" and "acroviewRdc" without success.

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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LEGEND , Apr 11, 2015 Apr 11, 2015

I think it may be version 15. Or 2015.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 10, 2015 Apr 10, 2015

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Did you try setting the "major version" parameter as "12"?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 11, 2015 Apr 11, 2015

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I think it may be version 15. Or 2015.

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Apr 11, 2015 Apr 11, 2015

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Setting the "major version" to 12 did not work, but setting it to "15" did work. Thus, the correct syntax for the server name for DDE commands is "acroviewR15" for reader DC or "acroviewA15" for acrobat DC.

Thanks!

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Jun 02, 2016 Jun 02, 2016

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I'm using WinEdt vs. 9 and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. 

The server name for DDE commands "acroviewA15" worked for me. (Thanks js98368238)

For detailed instructions on making this change within Winedt see: windows - Unable to use pdftex if Adobe is still open - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange

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Apr 12, 2015 Apr 12, 2015

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Use 15 for the version.

This is described in the updated SDK which should be out shortly.

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Oct 08, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

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This is not working for me. 

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Oct 08, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

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I'm using version 5 of WinEDT and here's what the DDE section of the code looks like:

//  DDEOpen('%$("AcroRead")',"acroview","control",0);

  DDEOpen('%$("AcroRd32")',"acroviewR15","control",0);

  DDEExe('[FileOpen("%P\%N.pdf")]');

  DDEExe('[DocOpen("%P\%N.pdf")]');

  DDEExe('[DocOpen("%P\%N.pdf")]');

  DDEExe('[FileOpen("%P\%N.pdf")]');

  DDEExe('[AppShow()]');

  DDEClose;

  ProcessMessages;

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Jan 05, 2016 Jan 05, 2016

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"AcroviewR15" works for me fine with Adobe Reader DC! But how i can find out, which command i have to use? Until Version XI from Adobe Reader, i could read

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\acrobat\shell\open\ddeexec\application]

from the registry, there was correct "Acroview" for the older Versions and "AcroViewR10" for Reader X and XI. But for Reader DC this Registry Key still contains "AcroViewR10" which does not work anymore. Do I have to try and error? Is there an official way?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 05, 2016 Jan 05, 2016

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Use a utility like DDESpy or Spy++.

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Guest
Jan 20, 2016 Jan 20, 2016

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Thank you Bernd

But my problem is not how I (me personally) can find the correct command, but in the runtime environment from our customers. In our software i cannot rely on a third Party tool as DDESpy or Spy++. I have to find out, which version of Adobe Reader the customer has installed and then use the appropriate command.

I did resolve it like this: I read the Registry Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Acrobat\DefaultIcon, when i find the string '2015' in the value from this key, then i can assume that Reader DC is installed, than I use 'AcroViewR15'.

But when a Adobe releases a new Version of Reader DC i have to recode this part, which is not really elegant.

Greets

Sven

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LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2016 Jan 20, 2016

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In your tests you should also consider if the user may have Acrobat and not Reader installed. Test with both "continuous" and "classic" tracks.

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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It's 2018 and I was facing a similar problem. To find out the right command name to use, check (as pointed out in one of the answers) the following registry key:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\acrobat\shell\open\ddeexec\application]

In my case it was "AcroViewA18"

Hope this helps future users!

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2019 Oct 23, 2019

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Having the same problem in 2019, in particular with TeXNicCenter output profiles. Surprise surprise, I tried "acroviewA19" and it worked perfectly. Infuriating!!

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Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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It worked in 2020 with  Acrobat Pro DC and AcroViewA20.

Thank you!

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Feb 17, 2022 Feb 17, 2022

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I have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, version 2021.011.20039 and AcroViewA21 works.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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For Acrobat Reader 2020 (not DC) version 2020.005.30314 AcroViewR20 is appropriate.

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