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Running an external program from a menu [message #1131905] Thu, 10 October 2013 21:59 Go to next message
Kevin Regan is currently offline Kevin ReganFriend
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Registered: May 2013
Is it possible to have eclipse launch an external program, for example acrobat reader, programmatically from a plugin? For example, I want to create a menu that when the user clicks it it will open a PDF file in the file system by launching Acrobat Reader outside of Eclipse - or more importantly just sending the file open command to windows to let windows decide what to do with it (based on file extension to program mappings). Is this possible? Please point me in the right direction - thanks a lot!
Re: Running an external program from a menu [message #1135560 is a reply to message #1131905] Sun, 13 October 2013 08:19 Go to previous message
Thorsten Schlathölter is currently offline Thorsten SchlathölterFriend
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Registered: February 2012
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Hi Kevin,
you might want to check out the Java Desktop API which is available since Java 1.6.


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