opening pdf files in ubuntu

Asked by johnw on 2009-09-03

When i tried to open at pdf file the following infomation box said
pdf could not be opened, because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences.
Can anyone help

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Nizar Kerkeni
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Tom (tom6) said : #1

Hi :)

Try Opening OpenOffice Writer

Applications - Office - Wordprocessor

and drag and drop the pdf file into it. Did it open?
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Best Nizar Kerkeni (nizarus) said : #2

by default ubuntu uses evence document viewer to open PDF documents.
Right click on your PDF document and see what application is associated in "open with ..." menu item (first one).
Also you can chose the appropriate application with "open with another application" item.

Wolf Halton (saphil) said : #3

I checked the "drag a pdf to openoffice" trial. It doesn't work. It takes a 15 page pdf and turns it into a 2578 page odt document full of editing mark-up.

You can export to pdf, but not import the same way. To just look at a pdf, check out evince <> or use the document viewer that comes with Ubuntu.

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Ouch, thanks for testing that Wolf and alerting us to a problem! Sorry chaps i really thought this would work!

I guess you could use Synaptic Package Manager to search for other pdf readers

Apols and regards from
Tom :)

johnw (john-freeavalon) said : #5

Thanks Nizar Kerkeni, that solved my question.

johnw (john-freeavalon) said : #6

i saved the file in to my documents and followed your instructions and it opened.
it seems you have to save the file first and then it will open

Tom (tom6) said : #7

Hmmm, i seem to get the choice of opening such files straight from the internet or downloading them properly. I am not sure but i am glad you have found a good work-around for now. Hopefully an update will get yours working better soon.

Congrats and regards from
Tom :)