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Adobe Acrobat vs Reader on client systems

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Has anyone tried running the Adobe forms on a browser client system that has both full Acrobat and Reader accessing a webdynpro/adobe forms application ? What results did you get? What is the recommended situation for handling this type of client?

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Hi Brenda,

what happens with this setup depends on your Acrobat/Reader versions.

If you have the currently released 6.0.2 versions, the standard behaviour is that Acrobat opens.

If you want Reader to open instead, you'll need to use the Windows functions for File Type assignment under Folder Options -> File Types and assign Reader there. (It's described in the Adobe Document Services Configuration Guide.) This also means that if you want to use Acrobat for other files, you'll need to open Acrobat first to open the PDF.

(A workaround would be to keep Reader running in the background before opening the WD application with the form.)

As of the end of December, Adobe will ship Reader 7, which will allow you to determine your standard PDF opening tool through a dialogue, if you have both Acrobat and Reader installed.

Markus Meisl

SAP NetWeaver Product Management