Path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

There are no arguments given when calling AcroRd32.exe.

OnView DDE: [DocOpen("%fullfile")][FileOpen("%fullfile")]

OnRebuild DDE: [DocClose("%fullfile")]

DDEServer: AcroviewR11

This configuration works on other computers and is believed to have worked on the target machine. We ran into a problem where Acrobat Reader actually opens the file on a rebuild, making it impossible to write to it and therefore cancelling the build.

Did the latest Acrobat patch kill some functionality there? Is there some other feature in eclipse or texlipse i could check?


As I hotfix I just setup the predefined viewer "none". If I run that configuration, the compiler explicitly tells me it can not start Acrobat as a previewer. I hope this is somehow relevant.

2 Answers 2


I recommend using sumatraPDF as a viewer instead of Acrobat.

Sumatra does not keep a lock on the file, and thus re-building should be no problem.


  • My latest update somehow has advertisement content on the rigth side for additional web services - cloud and stuff. So i am actually very inclined to switch.
    – Johannes
    May 17, 2014 at 19:12
  • I use both still, but I found sumatra perfect for latex projects. Keeping the PDF open while re-compiling is simply awesome.
    – Trefex
    May 17, 2014 at 19:14

You should try sandwiching a DocClose in between two DocOpen commands in the OnView DDE. The following works for Texlipse on Window 8 with Acrobat 9.5.5:

OnView DDE: [DocOpen("%fullfile")][DocClose("%fullfile")][DocOpen("%fullfile")]

In testing, I saw no noticeable impact on performance, and it functioned exactly how I wanted it to.

  • Thanks Adam! I'm glad there's a community like this available. It's been really helpful, and I'm happy to be a part of it now.
    – Austin D
    Nov 3, 2014 at 9:05

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