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Tested PDFTK,,, *and* MUPDF with HX (Users)

posted by Doug(R) E-mail, 18.02.2011, 08:07

> I wondered if anyone has tried the GPL'd Windows command-line port of
> Pdftk with Japheth's
> HX-DOS Extender?
>
> The Windows Pdftk binary (1 EXE + 1 DLL) can be downloaded from:
> http://www.pdflabs.com/docs/install-pdftk/

I just tried PDFTK in pure DOS with HX. Gave the following
errors:

dpmild32: import not found: GetHandleInformation
dpmild32: file KERNEL32.dll
dpmild32: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\msvcrt.dll: cannot resolve imports

My PATH includes C:\Windows\System, and DOSLFNMS was installed
(otherwise, LIBICONV2.DLL won't load).

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Interestingly, i recently stumbled across another lightweight PDF
viewer/toolkit for Windows 32 -- MUPDF -- which i also tried out
in pure DOS with HX. It's written by Artifex, the good folks
who bring us GPL Ghostscript:

http://mupdf.com

It didn't work either, but the errors *seemed* minimal (not
really being much of a programmer and not really being too
knowledgeable about HX):

Viewer (GUI - MUPDF.EXE):

dpmild32: import not found: IsProcessorFeaturePresent
dpmild32: file KERNEL32.dll
dpmild32: d:\hx\vesa32.dll: cannot resolve imports

Tools (TUI - PDFCLEAN.EXE, PDFDRAW.EXE, PDFSHOW.EXE):

dpmild32: import not found: IsProcessorFeaturePresent
dpmild32: file KERNEL32.dll
dpmild32: D:\HX\dkrnl32.dll: cannot resolve imports

(I have the HX/HXGUI binares installed in D:\HX\ directory.)

So maybe that's another avenue to explore. It's GPL, so the
source is available. Wondering could it be hacked to work under
HX? (Beyond my abilities.)

Wouldn't it be cool to have an up-to-date PDF viewer for DOS?

- Doug B.

 

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