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Old Dec 5, 2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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Can't open PDFs in Safari

I installed and updated Leopard, and I can't open any PDFs in Safari. Clicking on a pdf link leads me to this dialogue box:

"AdobePDFViewer cannot find a compatible Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view this PDF." it then proceeds to ask me to select a program to open PDFs.

Apparently PDF support is supposed to be native to Leopard. Not for me though.

EDIT: I have found the solution.
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Old Dec 5, 2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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I installed and updated Leopard, and I can't open any PDFs in Safari. Clicking on a pdf link leads me to this dialogue box:

"AdobePDFViewer cannot find a compatible Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view this PDF." it then proceeds to ask me to select a program to open PDFs.

Apparently PDF support is supposed to be native to Leopard. Not for me though.

EDIT: I have found the solution.
Were PDFs set to open with something else?
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Old Dec 5, 2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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My Safari Crashes when Viewing Some PDFs

Some PDFs crash my Safari. I have to download them to view them...VERY FRUSTRATING!
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Old Dec 6, 2007, 12:49 AM   #4
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There's absolutely no reason to be using Adobe's Reader app in Leopard. Preview does all PDF functions plus more. Mac OS X is PDF based so it's super redundant to download the Adobe PDF app. Safari for Leopard is made to read PDF's using the Mac system and downloading PDF's to be read by Preview. Get rid of Adobe, restart, repair permissions and things should be better.
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Old Dec 6, 2007, 01:12 AM   #5
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I had a AdobePDFplug installed on Safari. After deleting that, I was good.
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 04:08 AM   #6
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I had a AdobePDFplug installed on Safari. After deleting that, I was good.
Thanks. I was having the same problem. That fixed it
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Old Sep 24, 2008, 07:19 AM   #7
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Thanks. I was having the same problem. That fixed it
and... works for me too

I guess this plugin has been installed with Adobe Web Suite Premium CS3 package.

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Old Sep 27, 2008, 05:59 AM   #8
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I had a AdobePDFplug installed on Safari. After deleting that, I was good.
Thnx!
after deleting /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin
the problem was solved
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Old Nov 6, 2008, 08:56 PM   #9
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adobepdfplugin

So I can only find the AdobePDFplugin using my search spotlight, but I can't open or delete it. When I try and open in it prompts "there is no default application specified to open this document."

How do i find it to delete it?
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 12:51 PM   #10
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delete the plug-in

If you have admin privileges, you can just navigate to it and delete it.

Open your hard-drive icon, open the Library folder, open the Internet Plug-Ins folder, and find the AdobePDFViewer.plugin file. Drag the .plugin to the trash, restart Safari.
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Old Feb 23, 2009, 02:37 PM   #11
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Not able to view PDF'safter udate

Hello mac Forum users, Thank you to the quick reference I was able to make it getting me back to viewing PDF's. It was an easy fix, I followed these instructions as Referenced:

Dec 9, 2008, 11:51 AM
Open your hard-drive icon, open the Library folder, open the Internet Plug-Ins folder, and find the AdobePDFViewer.plugin file. Drag the .plugin to the trash, restart Safari.

I was so happy with the help that I signed up to respond with a BIG THANK YOU!!!
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Old May 4, 2009, 07:26 PM   #12
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This solution worked perfectly. Thanks!
My pdfs now open without problem in safari
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Old Jul 22, 2009, 08:18 AM   #13
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Thanks, fixed a headache...

I was looking in personal profile/library.... not complete system. Thanks for the tip
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Old Jul 22, 2009, 09:02 AM   #14
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So I can only find the AdobePDFplugin using my search spotlight, but I can't open or delete it. When I try and open in it prompts "there is no default application specified to open this document."

How do i find it to delete it?
If you hold the Command key and click on a Spotlight result, it will show you the location (as in open the folder containing that item in the Finder). In fact, if you look just up this page, you'll see the path where that plugin resides.

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Old Oct 6, 2009, 02:28 AM   #15
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I Promise this works!

I followed the steps given to me on this blog and it works!

Here is what I did step by step:
Clicked on my FINDER and then typed in plug-ins
This gave me a list of files... On that list I found the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and then dragged the AdobePDFViewer.plugin to the Disabled Plug-ins folder.

Next I went back to the website where I was trying to view a pdf file... In my case a pdf file from the pasadena/edu website. When I tried to view it, it opened up immediately!

Afterwards I noticed that some people on here said you could also throw the AdobePDFViewer.plugin in the trash and it should also work for you as well.

Knowing that the Leopard OS system has a built-in viewer for PDF files made all the sense in the world once you taught me to disable or throw away the AdobePDFViewer.plugin.

Thanks everyone!
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Old Oct 6, 2009, 02:31 AM   #16
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If you hold the Command key and click on a Spotlight result, it will show you the location (as in open the folder containing that item in the Finder). In fact, if you look just up this page, you'll see the path where that plugin resides.

jW
I followed the steps given to me on this blog and it works!

Here is what I did step by step:
Clicked on my FINDER and then typed in plug-ins
This gave me a list of files... On that list I found the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and then dragged the AdobePDFViewer.plugin to the Disabled Plug-ins folder.

Next I went back to the website where I was trying to view a pdf file... In my case a pdf file from the pasadena/edu website. When I tried to view it, it opened up immediately!

Afterwards I noticed that some people on here said you could also throw the AdobePDFViewer.plugin in the trash and it should also work for you as well.

Knowing that the Leopard OS system has a built-in viewer for PDF files made all the sense in the world once you taught me to disable or throw away the AdobePDFViewer.plugin.

Thanks everyone!
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 10:18 AM   #17
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This week there was an update to a ".ASPX" web site that I use for work on a daily basis and I am unable to view PDF files in Safari. Before the update at this site, I was able to view PDF's in Safari without trouble. This website has always stated that supported browsers are Explorer ( no surprise there) and Firefox.

I do not have Adobe Reader or any Adobe plugins installed on my iMac ( I am running Snow Leopard). My short term work around is to visit this website in a XP virtual machine. I prefer to not install Adobe Reader on my Mac if possible.

Does anyone know of a new fix to view PDF's with Safari on websites developed with Microsoft technology (.ASP, .ASPX) ? Thanks.

-Mike
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 10:27 AM   #18
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This week there was an update to a ".ASPX" web site that I use for work on a daily basis and I am unable to view PDF files in Safari. Before the update at this site, I was able to view PDF's in Safari without trouble. This website has always stated that supported browsers are Explorer ( no surprise there) and Firefox.

I do not have Adobe Reader or any Adobe plugins installed on my iMac ( I am running Snow Leopard). My short term work around is to visit this website in a XP virtual machine. I prefer to not install Adobe Reader on my Mac if possible.

Does anyone know of a new fix to view PDF's with Safari on websites developed with Microsoft technology (.ASP, .ASPX) ? Thanks.

-Mike
I ran into something similar. Turns out, the PDFs were simply downloading as ASP files. I don't know if there are files downloading in your case. But worth a look.

Here is a page describing this:
http://embarksupport.zendesk.com/for.../entries/31765
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 11:04 AM   #19
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I ran into something similar. Turns out, the PDFs were simply downloading as ASP files. I don't know if there are files downloading in your case. But worth a look.

Here is a page describing this:
http://embarksupport.zendesk.com/for.../entries/31765
Thanks for the quick response!

In this case they are not downloading at all. The website I am at has a list of hyperlinks to PDF's. When I click on the link, I see "Loading" in the address bar, then a quick flash to a white page, then back to main page.

Last week when I would click on the PDF link, a window would open with the PDF. This week there is nothing.

I really hate having to install Adobe Reader. I am still holding out until a work around is discovered. I don't like it that this web site is forcing one to use Explorer or Firefox.

-Mike
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 01:45 PM   #20
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Thanks

it worked, it worked, it worked!!! and it was easy for me; someone who is not all that tech savvy. so thank you everyone, and especially to gregorioesparza - your instructions were it.
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Old Jan 28, 2010, 05:11 AM   #21
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I had a AdobePDFplug installed on Safari. After deleting that, I was good.
Thanks. This fixed the fault for me too!
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Old Feb 6, 2010, 08:52 AM   #22
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Hello mac Forum users, Thank you to the quick reference I was able to make it getting me back to viewing PDF's. It was an easy fix, I followed these instructions as Referenced:

Dec 9, 2008, 11:51 AM
Open your hard-drive icon, open the Library folder, open the Internet Plug-Ins folder, and find the AdobePDFViewer.plugin file. Drag the .plugin to the trash, restart Safari.

I was so happy with the help that I signed up to respond with a BIG THANK YOU!!!
I just want to thank you A MILLIONS for your advice . Thanks for people like you there is still hope!!!!
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 04:41 PM   #23
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Thnx!
after deleting /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin
the problem was solved
Worked for me too.

Thx.
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 12:46 PM   #24
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So I can only find the AdobePDFplugin using my search spotlight, but I can't open or delete it. When I try and open in it prompts "there is no default application specified to open this document."

How do i find it to delete it?
Open(click on) your start-up disk
scroll down to:Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin
click and hold icon and drag to trash
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Old Apr 5, 2011, 12:54 PM   #25
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don't need to delete plugin

You don't need to delete the plugin. Just put Adobe Reader in the Applications folder -- not inside of another folder (such as Utilities or even an Adobe folder within Applications).
When I temporarily deleted the plugin, an online PDF opened in Preview. Once I put the plugin back and moved Adobe Reader, the PDF opened in Adobe Reader without any problem.

Update: After needing to transfer to a new hard drive, I had the same problem again. To fix it, I had to uninstall Adobe Reader and the plugin (I left all the preferences alone), then reinstall. That worked.

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