Re: Win32ole & Adobe Acrobat Reader

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:

require ‘win32ole’

pdf =
pdf.select_font “Times-Roman”
pdf.text “Hello, Ruby.”, :font_size => 72, :justification => :center


acrobat =‘AcroExch.App’) doc =‘AcroExch.PDDoc’)“c:<the_absolute_path_to_the_file>\hello.pdf”)

For one thing, don’t your backslashes need to be doubled?

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Space-Bearing Paths\Are\Evil.pdf”


Hum, unfortunately, it does not seem to help!

On 11/6/06, Jeff [email protected] wrote:

filename = “myfile.pdf”

start #{filename}

FYI: be careful when using quotes with start: start "myfile.pdf"
won’t work because when first parameter is quoted it is the title of
the window. so this works:
start "" "myfile.pdf"

…sometimes I wonder what did they smoke when they created this…

Philippe L. wrote:

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:

I’m trying to launch the opening of a PDF document from
within ruby, under Windows XP. Adobe Acrobat shows up, but no
document appears. Does anyone see the error, or maybe has
another better (cross-platform) method?

Not cross-platform, but try this:

filename = “myfile.pdf”

start #{filename}

If it’s hard to see in your browser, I’m using the “backtick” not the
apostrophe, which will induce a system call. I’m assuming Acrobat is
installed as your handler for .pdf files.


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