5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 27, 2018 12:46 PM by Arie Van Gelderen

    PDF preview show a lot of info

    Pdm Admin

      Hi all,


      Can anyone tell or it is possible to show only a PDF preview in PDM, without all the Adobe stuff around it?

      Now I need to click all the all the stuff to see my PDF preview. When I click the file again, all the stuff is back.

      I want to see a preview like a Solidworks Drawing.



        • Re: PDF preview show a lot of info
          Elmar Klammer

          In Adobe Reader DC


          This takes care of the right hand side

          This takes care navigation pane...you only need to add the part after /A \"na......


          And maybe you need to do this too



          And here are some more notes


          Just ensure you've properly closed and quit the "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.app" application first:
          1.Open Finder, navigate to Applications
          2.Right-click on "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" and select "Show Package Contents"
          3.Navigate to /Contents/Resources/AcroApp/ENU/ (or whatever 3-letter language code you're using)
          4.*** Create a new folder. Name the folder "Disabled".
          5.*** Move the following 3 files into the "Disabled" folder:
          AppCenter_R.aapp; Home.aapp; Viewer.aapp
          If you're doing this via mouse drag-and-drop, ensure you hold down the Command key,
          to ensure the files are moved and not copied.
          6.Close Finder, and launch Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

          *** You may have to authorise these actions with your administrator password.

          This annoying feature can also be disabled by altering the following registry setting:
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]

          For Acrobat Reader XI as of version 11.0.12 you will have to make a change
          in the reader's Read command in the registry, location:




          This is the original command:

          "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"


          Close Acrobat Reader if it is opened and change the command into:

          "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" /A "navpanes=0" "%1"


          Open a PDF document and the navpane should be hidden, and can be shown with the F4 key as before.


          For Acrobat DC (Ver 2015.008.20082 for my case) & Windows 10, registry path is slightly different.


          String to be modified is similar.

          "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1"


          "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" /A "navpanes=0" "%1"

          • Re: PDF preview show a lot of info
            Arie Van Gelderen

            Since version 2015SP4, Solidworks PDM uses Adobe Reader ActiveX to preview pdf's. Before that it used the Inso Oracle viewer. You can revert to the pre 2015 SP4 behavior by making a minor change in the registry. The pdf will be shown without any toolbar, navigation pane and tools pane.


            1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\Applications\PDMWorks Enterprise\FileFormats\.pdf
            2. Modify REG_MULTI_SZ value named "4"
            3. Put "InsoPlugin.dll" in the first row
            4. Restart if necessary