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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by whitefang, Mar 7, 2009.
I installed Acrobat but does OSX come with a native PDF viewer already?
Yes; it is called Preview.app and is located in your applications folder.
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
really useful too, you can search which is a function i never noticed on acrobat on pc
I looked for a preview.app in my applications and couldn't find it??
Preview is significantly faster, though.
I uninstalled Acrobat and now PDFs open in ColorSync Utility??? I can't locate the Preview.app?
preview... its just called preview! spotlight it.
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?
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.
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?
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.
1. normal behaviour
2. no idea, cant safari open PDF's by itself??
Go into /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and delete the file called Adobe PDFViewer.plugin.
Ah yes, thanks that worked.