Open an opened PDF in OS X Preview with a Windows 7 Adobe reader on Parallels?

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  1. carmeloamores macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I just want a simple way to open a PDF that is already opened in OS X Preview with an application in my Windows 7 (running on Parallels 9).

    I think it's possible with "Services" menu, but how??

    I just want to do this with Word, Excel and Powerpoint files there are opened in Mac OS X and I want to open them in Parallels' Windows 7.

    I know you probably think "Why using a windows app????", I agree with you but my laser printer doesn't work with Mac OS X (I hate Develop ineo 164 ..).

    Can you help me please?

    Thank you

    Carmelo
     
  2. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    Parallel would have to offer some kind of scripting API that would allow you to control their VMs, I think.

    But I don't really know - maybe it exposes the contents of the VM to OS X in such a way that a normal "open in" OS X script would work.
     
  3. Janichsan macrumors 65816

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    I can't currently check this myself now, but there is an option in Parallels' VM settings that allows you to open documents in Windows applications from the OS X side. If I recall correctly, the Windows apps then should turn up when right-clicking on a file under "Open with…".
     
  4. carmeloamores thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, Parallels does it. But what I searching for is open file already opened in Adobe Reader windows app, like a service (that there is not).

    Thank you Janichsan!

    Carmelo
     

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  5. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

    ArtOfWarfare

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    So perhaps you can write a simple AppleScript which finds the front most document, then opens the document in the Windows executable.
     
  6. carmeloamores thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, but how? I'm not a developer, it is impossible for me :D

     
  7. chown33 macrumors 604

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    It's not impossible. Start by learning how to make Services using Automator:
    http://www.macosxautomation.com/services/learn/index.html

    The second service in that simple tutorial shows how to make a Service that passes selected items in Finder (documents) to a specific application. Once you understand the principle, by following the example, you should be able to apply the same principle to opening a document in a Parallels app.
     

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