9/14/11
10:50 pm

Forum Question: Install of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Gary, I have a situation where I can’t open a document sent to me by email. It shows me a window with a PDFKit.Net and says I need Adobe Acrobat Reader to see the file. Up to now, I have been able to use Preview.
Is there any reason I should NOT download the Adobe Reader?
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Mike Wheless

Comments: 8 Responses to “Install of Adobe Acrobat Reader”

    9/15/11 @ 6:53 am

    Install it. It is free and a good tool to add to your Mac. While Preview will open all standard PDF files, Reader is sometimes needed to open PDF files that use special features that can only be viewed that way. It is rare, but sometimes you get someone who tries to use all sorts of bells and whistles in Adobe Acrobat and you end up with a file that can only be opened by Reader.
    Also, see old episode 166 for more info: http://macmost.com/common-mac-pdf-problems.html

    Michael
    9/15/11 @ 1:24 pm

    Just to note when you install Reader read all the literature and check boxes. There I’d I believe a checkbox or other that says to install Reader plugin for Safari. I prefer Mac OS X’s preview in safari better, but obviously to each his own. But I just wanted to warn you by default Adobe installs that plugin. It’s easy to get rid of. Just go to library folder and find folder Internet Plugin and you will see it there

    Michael Wheless
    9/15/11 @ 5:34 pm

    Thanks Gary and Michael,

    I did install Adobe Reader and followed Michael’s advice (it was an option at the time of download by customizing). It has worked. The “bells and whistles” were truly there. The document was one which required a password etc.

    I did notice that Adobe left an icon in my dock, and I want to remove it, but I couldn’t locate the application anywhere. I looked in Applications and in Utilities.
    Not sure if I want to remove the icon till I know where the application is located.

    One detail I should point out (reveals my own ignorance). When I use hotmail, directly with Safari, I have hotmail set to block pop ups and such. Not a problem, but that also means when my mail is forwarded to Mac mail, the attachment is blocked. Duh!

      9/15/11 @ 5:36 pm

      Icons in the Dock are just aliases to the real Applications. So to get that out of your Dock, just click and drag it away from the Dock. That will remove the alias, but the application, which you need, will remain in the Applications folder (probably in an Adobe sub-folder).
      To locate an Application from its Dock alias, click and hold it in the Dock until the context menu appears. Then choose Options, Show In Finder.

    Michael Wheless
    9/15/11 @ 5:40 pm

    Whoops. Another DUH! I found the application. I had changed to view applications in a “list” only recently. Previously I used icons in a grid. This meant I had to scroll to see the Adobe Reader. All is well.

    Hope this ignorance will not banish me as a poster to your forum.

    Dave
    9/15/11 @ 8:30 pm

    A quick note – Safari OS-X has a built-in. “pdf capability” (move cursor to bottom of screen and see if there are options) BUT Adobe’s “Plug-in” might override it.
    Install Adobe Reader (yes – free) and see what happens. If it doesn’t work, remove the Adobe plug-in.

    Karyn
    2/10/13 @ 5:56 pm

    I installed adobe flash player but when I went to play a video on FB it show’s up as blocked-plug in? Now what?

      2/10/13 @ 7:31 pm

      You need to simply upgrade to the latest version, then restart Safari.

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