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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm Apps
This to all you Palm users running Mac OS X! Adobe actually makes an Acrobat Reader for the Palm (now at version 2.0). Anyhow, few of us use it because the desktop converter application (acroDesktop) only seems to work on the two PDF files it comes with.

After a bit of experimenting, it turns out that the PDF files MUST have the Type and Creator codes set perfectly. Most PDF files downloaded from the web, and any PDF file created by OS X, use a different creator code than what acroDesktop converter requires. To make acroDesktop "see" the PDF file you are trying to convert, set the Type to PDF and Creator to CARO. Now the PDF file can be dragged to the acroDesktop window. I used BareBones Super Get Info utility to add the codes, although there are other utilities that can get the job done.

Note: using the "Open With..." will not fix this, so you'll need a utility that can set the Type and Creator codes.

[robg adds: When you run the installer, it searches all of your hard drives for any installed Acrobat Reader program. Then it again searches all of your hard drives for every installed Palm Desktop installation. In addition to being highly annoying, this can take quite a while if you have a lot of drives, so be patient -- the two searches took at least five full minutes on my machine, followed by a 10-second install!

Also, if you have the developer tools installed, you can use the Terminal to set the type and creator codes by typing SetFile -t PDF -c CARO some_file.pdf.]
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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: pete on Mar 24, '03 10:33:42AM
  Typical of PC users. You need a HUGE install program (11 megs!) for one tiny PalmOS reader. Why do they not have a download for just the PalmOS reader?

  I'd download that, but don't want the associated crap that goes with it. I have Reader installed here - why do they insist on adding even more?

  Being on a slow dial-up is one reason not to bother - not that this deters me from downloading the latest release of X11! :)

  Pete

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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: joey03 on Mar 24, '03 11:18:31AM

Unfortunately, I've found that Acrobat Reader for Palm OS (for OS X) crashes *every time* upon launch -- except for the first time after installation. Has anyone else seen this or know of a fix? Setting it to launch as a Classic app avoid the problem, but this isn't a convenient workaround.



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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: james_sorenson on Mar 24, '03 12:12:48PM

Sounds like your prefereneces are corrupted. Try removing "acroDesktop.plist" from your preferences folder in the Library directory.

I have more problems with the PalmOS Reader crashing on me.

As for the comment asking why Adobe doesn't just release the PalmOS reader: the reader can not read PDFs in their native format, you have to install the desktop helper in order to convert the PDFs to a fPalm format.

Jim

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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: JayBee on Mar 24, '03 02:08:13PM

not very "portable", eh?

;)



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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: thevil on Mar 24, '03 03:23:27PM
Anybody mind sharing the applescript code for setting creator/file type. Tried this:
tell "Finder"
	set fileType to "xxxx"
	set creatorType to "xxxx"
end tell
But get error "connection not valid". Anybody knows whats wrong?

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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: Miks on Mar 26, '03 09:44:49AM

One addition that I'd like to make about using the Developer Tool SetFile:

All file types and creator codes must be exactly four characters in length, and when shorter, must be padded to make up for it.

So after being somewhat confused by the non-functionality of the DevTools hint in the story, I remembered the 4-character requirement.

Therefore, the command can be somewhat altered to:
SetFile -t "PDF " -c CARO <some file>

(On closer inspection, the space is there in the hint, it's just not obvious on first glance)



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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: Europol on Apr 08, '03 12:34:49PM

For those of you, that don´t want to use UNIX-features of OS X there is an easy way to use AcroDesktop allthough it has bugs. If you put it in your Doc, you can just use Drag and Drop. Put your PDF-File on the Icon of AcroDesktop and it will work even without correct OS9 Creator/Type.
Another Bug of the AcroDesktop-Program (Not distilling certain files especially created in OS X) can be bypassed by turning images of in the Preferences-Settings.



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Make PDFs worth with Acrobat Reader for Palm
Authored by: muazzz on Apr 24, '03 01:54:54AM

it takes forever for the installer to search the hard drive. ive
given up trying! is it logical that it takes more than half an hour
to search up to 30GB of used space? or is my mac just slowing
down and infected by the ms windows syndrome. any experience
guys?



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