[CentralOH] Opening Adobe Reader from Python

Eric Floehr eric at intellovations.com
Thu Sep 30 00:59:42 CEST 2010

My understanding is that a temporary file get created when Firefox or IE
pass a PDF to Adobe (or any file not directly processed by the browser).  To
verify, do a "Save As" and see what you see.


On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:57 PM, Mark Erbaugh <mark at microenh.com> wrote:

> On Sep 29, 2010, at 3:41 PM, m g wrote:
> >>
> >> I know Adobe Reader can be opened to view temporary PDF files from the
> internet. I wonder what mechanism it is using?
> >>
> >
> > A mimetype of application/pdf.  Your browser will parse the
> > Content-Type header out of the response and determine what the best
> > way to display the content is (you can change how the browser handles
> > different mimetypes).
> Miles,
> Thanks, that's what I thought, but I'm more interested in how the browser
> is passing the PDF file to Adobe Reader?  I'm not sure it's creating a file
> anywhere, so I'm thinking Adobe Reader may have an interface to be passed
> data directly from another application. That's what I'm looking for.  I
> believe that on Windows Adobe Reader has DDE and OLE interfaces. I wonder if
> anyone has made an Adobe Reader library for Python?
> Thanks,
> Mark
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