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Why does Windows 8.1 ask for an app every time I try to open a PDF?

This is new behavior (maybe after I installed the Windows 8.1 upgrade) - when I double-click a PDF, instead of just opening the file in Acrobat (full app is installed on my computer), the 'how do you want to open this file' dialog appears, and 'Keep using Adobe Acrobat' is the first choice, followed by two instances an icon with the full path to the Acrobat executable. I have Adobe Acrobat as the default program. I'm guessing this is a Windows issue, rather than Adobe - how do I get my PDFs to just open already?
posted by DandyRandy on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

"Nah, boss; I'm just a speedreader"

Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files. I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated. Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Find me my perfect PDF organizer!

In my line of work (doctoring), there are a lot of PDF files that I use, for example, handouts for patients, copies of guidelines, referral forms for particular clinics, etc. I'd love to be able to organize them hierarchically but also access them in a way that lets me search for keywords or tags and returns results quickly and dynamically, with the ability to easily print said PDF results. Are there any programs (for Windows) or cloud-based sites that might make this easy? Ideally it would be great to have a little search bar that could just sit on my desktop, but that would just be icing on the cake. Oh, and I've tried Mendeley - it works somewhat well for this, but it's a hassle to print files unless you open them up in Acrobat Reader or another external program.
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Syncing files on a remote web server with Windows 7

I have an interesting file syncing problem. As part of my responsibilities, I have to keep track of changes in the US export regulations. The Dept. of Commerce makes the regulations available in two formats, HTML and PDF. The HTML versions are oddly formatted so I prefer the PDF versions even if they are harder to search. They're available in PDF on this page. I have been regularly going out to the page and downloading relevant documents that have changed but I'd like to automate this if I can. But there are some gotchas. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Aug 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Transparent DRM

I'd like to make certain documents at work (mostly PDFs) only openable to logged-in domain members based on group membership. Watermarking with account credentials would be a plus. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Scripting PDF printing in Windows XP?

How do I script PDF "printing" in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 28, 2011 - 6 answers

ASP .NET based CMS versus Drupal

Trying to make the case against Drupal and find a ASP .NET CMS solution. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Jan 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Delicious for pdfs?

How can I organize offline pdfs on windows so that they're easy to find offline using a standard browser? In a perfect world, it would be like delicious, but for pdfs. Tags, sortable by tags, compact display. Endnote and Wordpress are the available tools. [more inside]
posted by furious on Dec 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Free/Open Source Scan-to-PDF Software?

What's the best free or open source software (for Windows XP) which will scan multiple pages in a row and output a PDF with zero fuss? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Most secure PDF viewer?

In light of the increasing number of PDF security exploits, what is the most secure PDF viewer for Windows? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Picture a Venn diagram with 3 circles: LaTeX, Emacs, Mac. I'd like to live in the intersection.

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I find a PDF to CHM converter for Windows?

Where can I find a PDF to CHM converter for Windows? [more inside]
posted by kaydo on Jul 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Best Windows TIFF combiner?

What is the best Windows TIFF combiner? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jan 24, 2008 - 11 answers

How to automate searchable PDF creation with automatic document feeder, PaperPort and OmniPage?

How can I automate PDF creation with my automatic document feeder, ScanSoft PaperPort and OmniPage? I need to have PDFs that look like the original document and are searchable (not image only). [more inside]
posted by ideaguy on Feb 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Implementing a .PDF file that can be edited by multiple users?

What's the easiest way to implement a .PDF file that can be edited by multiple users (Mac and Windows)? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich on Aug 24, 2004 - 1 answer

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