Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

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Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby EmpireAndrew » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:49 am

I have some PDF files (v1.3 and v1.4) I'd like to be able to read on my TT running Mint and on my STE in plain old TOS.

Is there a recommended PDF reader for one or both of these platforms?

The pdf files are between 5 and 50MB each, ie more than the 4 and 16MB or RAM my STE and TT have respectively, but I'm assuming any software would simply load a page at a time?
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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby lp » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:38 am

zView has PDF loading, but you need some serious hardware.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/z-tools/

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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby EmpireAndrew » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:54 pm

Thanks!

The OS requirements seem steep. It's not clear if it's TOS 4.04 only...

It seems you need at least a 020 to view PDF's on the Mac platform too, at least for Acrobat Reader 2.0 and I think you need Reader 3.0 (maybe 4.0?) for PDF v1.3 files. Reader 3.0 was the last on the Mac to run on 68k architecture, so probably needs at least an 020 if not an 030.

So maybe reading of PDF's is only practical on TT's and Falcons...

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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby Eero Tamminen » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:18 pm

If you need just text, not the layout nor images, there are PDF -> text converters.

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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby jfl » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:24 pm

EmpireAndrew wrote:The OS requirements seem steep. It's not clear if it's TOS 4.04 only...

Yes, zView needs a modern system (well, by Atari standards). I uses advanced AES and [N]VDI features.
EmpireAndrew wrote:So maybe reading of PDF's is only practical on TT's and Falcons...

PDF is a very demanding format. Even a simple file may be quite slow on a FireBee.
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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby christos » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:29 pm

I remember also loading pdf's in ghostscript.
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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby trecool » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:03 pm

You can also try Porthos. It seems less demanding than zView.

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Re: Recommended PDF readers for TOS & MINT?

Postby EmpireAndrew » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:13 pm

Thanks guys! I'll look into Ghostscript and Porthos!
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1991 Atari TT030, 2/16MB, Int 8GB Gigafile SCSI2CF, TOS 3.06, CaTTamaran Accelerator -> Atari TTM195 19" Mono CRT Monitor
1993 Atari Falcon030, 14MB, Int 4GB IDE2SD, TOS 4.04 -> Atari PTC1426 Color CRT Monitor
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