Does OSX have native PDF viewer?

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  1. whitefang macrumors 6502

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    I installed Acrobat but does OSX come with a native PDF viewer already?
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes; it is called Preview.app and is located in your applications folder.
     
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  4. winterspan macrumors 65816

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    The PDF format uses what is basically a version of the print-language postscript and OSX uses postscript in it's graphics system for display so it can natively understand how to render it.

    short answer: Preview.app
     
  5. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

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    really useful too, you can search which is a function i never noticed on acrobat on pc
     
  6. whitefang thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I looked for a preview.app in my applications and couldn't find it??
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It's there.

    Preview is significantly faster, though.
     
  8. whitefang thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I uninstalled Acrobat and now PDFs open in ColorSync Utility??? I can't locate the Preview.app?
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    preview... its just called preview! spotlight it.
     
  10. whitefang thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I spotlighted it, I still can't find it. Where is it? Maybe installing Acrobat automatically removed it?? How would I go about installing it then?

    EDIT: I think I might have deleted it. How would I install Preview again?
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no it WOULD NOT have uninstalled it.. i cant get why you cant find it!!! its there!!

    i have attached a picture of the Applications folder with Preview selected.
     

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  12. whitefang thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I installed Preview. 2 things:

    1) When I close the PDF that is opened from Preview, the Preview app itself stays open in the doc but the PDF is closed. If I click on the Preview Icon in the dock, nothing really happens. Is that the normal behavior?

    2) When Safari tries to open PDF files, it tells me to select a Acrobat PDF viewer from the filesystem. I tried to select Preview but it's "greyed" out option. How do I make Safari use Preview?
     
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Absolutely. As with all applications in OS X, hitting the red button merely closes the window; if you want to quit the application choose "Quit" from the file menu or hit Cmd(Apple)+q on your keyboard.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    1. normal behaviour

    2. no idea, cant safari open PDF's by itself??
     
  15. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Go into /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and delete the file called Adobe PDFViewer.plugin.
     
  16. whitefang thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah yes, thanks that worked.
     

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