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Secoa
23rd June 2004, 11:19 AM
Up to today when I downloaded PDF documents Adobe reader would automatically open Adobe Reader and show the file I downloaded.

Unfortunately when I select a link to a PDF doc to download. Safari does not download it rather it opens up a new window and displays the first page as if it was a html. I have to manually copy the file into download manager to grab it.

Is this a safari or Adobe reader issue?? I have rebooted my iMac, reset safari and checked all my preferences but to no avail. Can anyone help??

nider
23rd June 2004, 11:24 AM
Have you tried from more than one web site? If it is only one web site that is having the problem, possibly their mime types aren't set up properly.

Secoa
23rd June 2004, 11:43 AM
Unfortunately I could download it from IE 5.2 (It has been ages since I had used this browser).

As an example web-site page that I would refer to see below
http://www.rirdc.gov.au/fullreports/aft.html

(Before you comment I am hoping to working the Forestry industry and this is a web-site I use for research)

nider
23rd June 2004, 12:19 PM
strange... yeah it works fine for me. Have you tried deleting the Safari preferences? I have no idea why it should be doing this.

I've just found another forum thread with the same problem: http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=17418&page=1

however they haven't been able to solve it. The user did however create a new user on his computer which downloaded the PDF fine. This would suggest to me that it is likely to be a preference related problem.

The Safari preference file is located:
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

Secoa
24th June 2004, 09:52 AM
Not that anyone maybe interested but I thought it best I jot down where I got to on this issue.

Basically it looks like my internet plug-ins were screwed up. In the process of repair I was pointed to another internet plug-in to view PDF files from within Safari.

See:

http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

Whilst the above does not get me back to where I was before things got screwed up, I now have a PDF viewer that is superior to what I had before. Out of interest I recommend this plug-in to anyone who deals with a lot of PDF's and Safari is their preferred browser.

Currawong
24th June 2004, 10:50 AM
Find a PDF file on your hard disk. Select it and hit command-I (or Get Info from the file menu). Under "Open With..." Acrobat reader or Preview should be selected.

If they are selected, download More Internet (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/12849) which allows you to select the application defaults for internet programs. In that, you can set pdf files to open with Acrobat.

stickman67
25th June 2004, 11:04 AM
Originally posted by Secoa@Jun 24 2004, 09:52 AM
Not that anyone maybe interested but I thought it best I jot down where I got to on this issue.

Basically it looks like my internet plug-ins were screwed up. In the process of repair I was pointed to another internet plug-in to view PDF files from within Safari.

See:

http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

Whilst the above does not get me back to where I was before things got screwed up, I now have a PDF viewer that is superior to what I had before. Out of interest I recommend this plug-in to anyone who deals with a lot of PDF's and Safari is their preferred browser.
For what it's worth, I've been using Schubert's PDF Browser Plugin for ages, and highly recommend it.

I think it works on most browsers, but definitely not on IE. (All together now -- awwwwwww! :P )

I still miss Adobe's PDF Viewer plugin (which I don't think will ever see light of day again on Macs), but this is a very good substitute, I find.

On the same website, there's also a plugin that allows you to view, navigate and print Word docs on the Web, too. They don't seem to be as common as PDFs, but they do come up now and again.