I want to add an animation (slideshow over ~70 files) to my beamer presentation. The compilation with pdflatex works fine, but the resulting pdf only shows the first image of the animation (or whatever is specified as poster).

Providing a MWE will not work well here, but I used something like this:

\usepackage[american, ngerman]{babel}




I used Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to view the files, and I was able to the the working animations in the animate pdf. I am using Miktex with pdflatex, all packages have been updated to the latest version.

A short comment-driven discussion and a much appreciated compilation help of @Ondrian revealed, that the latex code works fine. The problem has to be somewhere in the compilation chain. I tried both with pdfs and pngs, so the file type of the to-be-animated images does not seem to be relevant. I already updated all relevant packages and refreshed the Miktex file name database and the format files. I really don't know where to start with this. Any help?

Edit: You can download test files for the animation here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0wu1kvvnsguflz0/AACvlCLGPWwFjJSjZbT79uMka?dl=0

  • Can you upload somewhere the pdf file you are including?
    – Ondrian
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:39
  • Only if I have to, it is unpublished research work... What could be the problem with the files? Any clues I could get from the logfile or something similar?
    – Dux
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:48
  • When I compile your code with my pdf, I see no problems, the animations works perfectly. (also MikTex, pdflatex, Acrobat Reader DC)
    – Ondrian
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:52
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    This compiles just fine for me, even with your files. I'm afraid the problem is somewhere else...
    – Ondrian
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 18:02
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    Not a clue, really. Try to view this at your computer. This is the file compiled by me. At least, you can see whether the problem is in your pdf viewer or within the compilation process.
    – Ondrian
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 18:12

2 Answers 2


Different AR versions seem to behave differently with regard to PageOpen/PageVisible events which are used to initialise the animation. Some fire the latter, others the former when a page is navigated to in AR.

Un update [2016/02/28] which evaluates both events, such that none of them is missed, is on the way to CTAN.


It seems that the problem came form the last version of Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Reader DC. Something is going wrong with javascrit. If you modified you code with:


and you turn on the java console in Acrobat Reader DC preference you will see the message :

ReferenceError: a0 is not defined 1:Field:Mouse Up

I'am using TexLive 2015 on Mac Os 10.9, and the same problem can be reproduced on a windows configuration.

If you test this modification using previous version of acrobat reader, it works fine, without any error.

So for the moment I'am using the previous version of Acrobat Reader to view PDF with animations.

Best Regards.

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