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Mac OS X – installing pdf-tools using homebrew to circumvent “For the best experience, open this PDF portfolio in Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/14

Adobe marketing scam

Adobe marketing scam

I don’t want Acrobat/Adobe Reader on my Mac. Period.

But Preview will show some PDF files as “For the best experience, open this PDF portfolio in Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.” or “For the best experience, open this PDF portfolio in Acrobat X or Adobe Reader X, or later.

This is some Adobe marketing scam where they generate a PDF file actually as a portfolio of PDF files having the first PDF being “marketing” message.

So I needed the pdf-tools on my Mac for which many sites suggest to use brew install pdf-tools. That worked not so well:

$ brew install pdf-tools
Error: No available formula with the name "pdf-tools" 
==> Searching for similarly named formulae...
This similarly named formula was found:
mupdf-tools
To install it, run:
  brew install mupdf-tools
==> Searching taps...
This formula was found in a tap:
homebrew/emacs/pdf-tools
To install it, run:
  brew install homebrew/emacs/pdf-tools

Searching for “Error: No available formula with the name” “pdf-tools” didn’t return useful results but looking for brew “pdf-tools” gone revealed pdf-tools: move to homebrew/emacs · wingyplus/homebrew@6e73af9 indicating the command should indeed be brew install homebrew/emacs/pdf-tools however that also ended up failing, in fact with multiple errors:

==> make server/epdfinfo
Error: No available formula with the name "homebrew/dupes/tcl-tk" 
Please tap it and then try again: brew tap homebrew/dupes
==> Searching for similarly named formulae...
Error: No similarly named formulae found.
==> Searching taps...
Error: No formulae found in taps.

After doing abrew tap homebrew/dupes it finally worked.

Philips 32pfl7404h backside connector placement.

Philips 32pfl7404h backside connector placement.

Now I could split the 32pfl7404h_12_dfu_nld.pdf document I mentioned in Mac OS X – Spotlight not finding many files: force a rescan solved it (I have no idea why around 2012, that file would display correctly using Preview).

pdfdetach -saveall /tmp/32pfl17404h.pdf

It would actually reveal two embedded PDF files:

Elektronische gebruikershandleiding.pdf
Volledige gebruikershandleiding.pdf

The latter had the image of the back-side connectors placement I was looking for.

–jeroen

via: pdf – How do I open a “Acrobat X” document without the newest version? – Super User

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