Preview not loading some PDFs (incompatibility?)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hugodrax, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

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    This PDF
    http://investor.lilly.com/common/do...45b4c61&filename=LLY Q4_2009_Slides_FINAL.pdf

    Will not load properly, it is all messed up in preview. If I get that same file and drop it into my XP virtual running adobe acrobat, it loads perfectly.

    Why is this the Case? would this be something Eli Lilly did when they saved the file and it does not open up correctly?

    All other PDFs from different companies load fine, its this Eli Lilly ones that seem to have this issue. (I am running the latest snow leopard)

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  2. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    Works fine for me - with Adobe Reader

    Yep, using Preview displays a mess. But Adobe Reader works fine - any
    reason you don't use that (which is the default for .pdf)? I seldom use
    Preview for anything but graphics files (.jpg, .gif, etc.).
     
  3. hugodrax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I never had issues till now. I would hate having a third party tool to do what the OS seems to do fine. I think I will just use the virtual XP just for those.

    I do not want to add something that just adds duplication of resources.
     
  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I had quite the opposite. Adobe Reader for Mac, in my experience and a few customers who have called in, find that Adobe doesn't always work and will fail to even open the file sometimes - far different then it's Windows counterpart. I find that Preview does an awesome job handling PDF's better than Adobe Reader on OS X. I guess try Adobe Reader to see if the problems go away.
     
  5. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    PDF has a ton of corners and add-ons, and Adobe shows every sign of continuing to add everything and the kitchen sink. Thus far Apple seems to be happy to add just the 90% features, and leave the extra to Adobe. Other than filling in forms (here I do wish Apple would throw some more resources in) I have had few problems.

    My strategy is to install Adobe Reader, but still make Preview the default since it is so much faster, and less intrusive. But if I run into a PDF that it can't handle, then I switch over to 'Reader.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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  7. hdjohn macrumors newbie

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    I have this problem too, I think. When I go to open a pdf file as an attachment in a e-mail, all I get is garbage.I have an Imac with snow leopard. It sounds like I should install adobe reader?
    This is my first time here, so I did not know where to put this.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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  9. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    While as I posted above I do generally install it on at least one of my machines, the main reason not to install it is that Adobe Reader has become one of the main targets for malware writers. It has become the largest periodic security hole on both Windows and Mac. Mostly this is because Adobe insists on adding all sorts of code for weird things which then don't get properly tested (probably because Adobe offshores its coding to the lowest bidders).
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Bunk! SARC lists exactly one vulnerability for Adobe Reader. It is an broad vulnerability that even affects Linux and Solaris. However, the most recent vulnerable version of Adobe Reader is Adobe Reader 8.1.2 Security Update 1. Adobe Reader 9 is not affected. There are two other vulnerabilities listed that affect only Windows, but again do not affect Adobe Reader 9 on any platform. FWIW, there are more listings for Flash. You have a choice. You may hide from the Boogey Man or you may download and use the software that you need.
     
  11. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    <snip>
    Wow... you really did not do any research at all for that post, did you. Here are the security vulnerability for the last three patches of Adobe Reader (Mac) directly from Adobe. Please note that they all involve the word "critical":

    http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-15.html
    http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-09.html
    http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-07.html

    That is three updates that each cover at minimum two vulnerabilities open to attack, and the latest one patches 15 vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (malware). This boogey man is alive and well. It would probably also be good to note that the hacking of Chinese dissidents' Gmail addresses was done through pdfs and Adobe Reader. If you want other opinions, here is a nice article to read (ironically done as a pdf).
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The fact that these vulnerabilities are not listed by SARC means that they have never been exploited in the wild. The fact that there are no Mac viruses in the wild also means that these vulnerabilities have never been exploited on the Mac.

    Again, you can hide from the Boogey Man or you can do your work. Your move.
     
  13. frankpuccino macrumors newbie

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    MisterMe,

    In the last 2 years, Adobe Reader has been one of the most exploited client applications on Microsoft Windows.

    There are tons of malware packs that have exploits for Adobe reader vulnerabilities like util.printf, collectEmailInfo, jbig2, etc., etc. The jbig2 vulnerability was very serious and was being actively exploited, but Adobe was unbelievably slow in patching.

    The current iPhone jailbreak uses a vulnerability in the handling of Type 1c fonts, although the bug only affects the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. A font vulnerability was used by Charlie Miller to break into a Mac at the most recent CanSecWest conference.

    These vulnerabilities are serious because simply surfing to a webpage can result in compromise. No user interaction is otherwise required.

    Frank
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The OP is using a Mac, not Windows. If we want to get into Windows, then we can to talk about Windows. Historically, the most exploited application in Windows is Office. What is more, Office has been not just a victim; it has been a perpetrator. That's Windows. This is MacOS X. In MacOS X, there are no exploits in the wild--not in Office, not in Acrobat, not in anything.
     

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