I'm often writing documents with LaTeX and for my company I use Windows. Under Linux (e.g. Ubuntu and evince) it's possible to have a pdf file open while recompiling the document and seeing the changes immediately.

Under Windows and Adobe Reader I have to close the document and reopen it after recompiling it. Is there a way to recompile the pdf file and see the changes in the opened Adobe Reader?

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    A (IMO very practical) workaround would be to switch the PDF reader e.g. to Sumatra – Marco Jun 21 '12 at 11:42
  • Unfortunately I'm not allowed to run other software than the company gives me. So I only can use Adober Reader. – Bertram Nudelbach Jun 21 '12 at 11:50

No, Adobe PDF reader locks the file.

  • And there is no way to change this behavior? – Bertram Nudelbach Jun 21 '12 at 13:57
  • You could ask Adobe to write a new version of Adobe reader that doesn't use mandatory file locking on open files. Alternatively ask Microsoft to intruduce a mechanism for making mandatory locks be merely advisory (breaking lots of apps). I'm assuming Adobe Reader uses byte-range locking, if not you can perhaps amend the PDF-writing software (LaTex etc) to specify the appropriate flags (see stackoverflow.com/questions/546504/…). Wait for other answers. – RedGrittyBrick Jun 21 '12 at 14:03

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