Anyone know how to force Mojave to open all pdf's in an app I choose?

blackxacto

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I have already tried selecting one pdf and Apple+I, open all pdfs with X app. It DOES NOT work any longer on pdf's in Mojave.

Anyone know a terminal command to force all pdf's in Mojave to open in X App?
 

Sciuriware

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I have already tried selecting one pdf and Apple+I, open all pdfs with X app. It DOES NOT work any longer on pdf's in Mojave.

Anyone know a terminal command to force all pdf's in Mojave to open in X App?
In my opinion MacOS has always been a bit reluctant to accept non-Apple app's as opener.
I found my own solution: wrote a new file manager that has a table for my own favourites.
Yes, I know .......
;JOOP!
 

blackxacto

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What advantage is a file manager over Finder. I am in Mojave.
Well it works here. I’ve set my pdfs to always open with Adobe Reader and there’s no problem. I did it via cmd-I as usual.
would you consider a favor for me? install PDF Expert demo and see if you can assign pdfs with it. make a new Mojave made pdf, move into Apple Books, with pdfs assigned to PDF Expert, open the newly made pdf within Books and see what app it opens in?
 

flowrider

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^^^^PDF Expert has a "Default PDF Reader" choice as one of it's preference choices. Have you tried that? I can't yet use Mojave since I have an Nvidia GPU.

Lou
 

blackxacto

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I'm sorry, I kept seeing Adobe Reader, I have installed PDF Pen demo, assigned it as app to open all pdfs, no joy.
 

blackxacto

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Second Run:
Wiped main HD, installed Mojave only. Added PDF Expert app and PDF Pen Pro. Created a pdf.
Assigned PDF Expert to all PDFs. Opened Books, drug in pdf.
Double clicked Apple Books pdf. Pdf opens in Preview. Deleted Books pdf.
Chose desktop pdf. Assigned PDF Pen Pro to all PDFs. Opened Books, drug in pdf.
Double clicked Apple Books pdf. Pdf opens in Preview.

Wiped HD. Restored my HD from Time Machine backup.

RESOLVED: Apple Books only allows Preview to display Apple Books PDFs.
 

dangerfish

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RESOLVED: Apple Books only allows Preview to display Apple Books PDFs.
No, that’s not the case. I am able to open a PDF from within Books with pdf pen pro. I can change the setting to open with Preview and it works accordingly. I can then change it back to pdf pen pro and that is what will open. I’m not sure what’s going on with your computer or OS but it works fine for me.
[doublepost=1540077240][/doublepost]What happens when you open a pdf on your desktop? Does it always open with Preview regardless of your setting?

Why are you keeping pdf’s in your Books app? Seems an odd choice, but to each his own.
 

blackxacto

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No, that’s not the case. I am able to open a PDF from within Books with pdf pen pro. I can change the setting to open with Preview and it works accordingly. I can then change it back to pdf pen pro and that is what will open. I’m not sure what’s going on with your computer or OS but it works fine for me.
[doublepost=1540077240][/doublepost]What happens when you open a pdf on your desktop? Does it always open with Preview regardless of your setting?

Why are you keeping pdf’s in your Books app? Seems an odd choice, but to each his own.
Any pdf on my desktop always opens as assigned using Apple +I, ANY NEWLY MADE pdf opened Mojave Apple Books opens in PREVIEW.

Why the heck not store pdfs (200 to 300) in Books, I have them by collection, backed up to iCloud, why not? Seems a great source to me? You have a better way?
 
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