Resolved Preview PDF in (non-Safari) browser window

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sjreynolds143, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. sjreynolds143 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2014

    I use Firefox, because I like it, but mostly because I have a plug-in with dials that I can manage (rather than just being most visited) and which sync across Firefox on different machines, VMs, servers, OSes...

    But the built in PDF renderer is not pleasant and doesn't render some things correctly.

    So I have the choice of using the in-built viewer - in which case PDFs open in the browser - or swapping to using Preview. But if I do that, PDFs are downloaded and opened locally outside of the browser. I want to view them in the browser, so how can I do that with Preview?

    Or can't I?

  2. ThisOldMacHead macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    South Jersey
    I could be mistaken, but I don't believe there's a way to use the Mac's integrated preview in Firefox. Your only options would be to use FF's built in PDF viewer or download and use the Adobe plugin in FF. If you want to use Preview... You need to use Safari or download them locally.

    I know some people are very anti-Safari for some reason... But it really is one slick browser and has been since Tiger. FF has always felt needlessly clunky to me and I only use it when absolutely necessary.
  3. sjreynolds143 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2014
    That's what I suspected, which is a shame. I try to like Safari, really I do, but it never does what I want quite how I want it to. The dials are a case in point - With my FF add-on, I have it nicely organised in folders, with custom icons and synchronising between different instances of FF across different machines. Safari just doesn't allow me to work that way.

    Still, if everyone liked the same thing we'd only ever need one browser, or else they'd all look the same :)

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