Safari 4.0.3 download issues

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  1. sensibilita macrumors newbie

    sensibilita

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    I have one problem I can't solve. When I'm downloading, say, PDF files in Safari (4.0.3), at times it will download IN the browser itself, at other times to the 'Download' folder ... I can't seem to control when it does whatever it does; it seems entirely random. When it downloads IN the browser, it slows everything down, so I want to enable it to ALWAYS download to the folder instead (meaning I can do multiple downloads concurrently without slowing things down to a crawl on 1 GB Ram ...).

    How do I twig that? Would appreciate any suggestions.

    Cheers,
     
  2. bluskale macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure how to force it to download all the time... however, the default pdf viewer in safari is no resource hog... works fine for me on a 1.5ghz G4 with 1 gb of ram (and I look at a LOT of PDFs of research papers)... are you using the adobe pdf viewer plugin perhaps? try removing that and see if your pdf-viewing experience improves.

    Also, update your web browser.
     
  3. sensibilita thread starter macrumors newbie

    sensibilita

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    Thank you for the tips .... I got rid of the PDF Viewer plug-in, but that didn't make a difference, alas.

    I have nevertheless a feeling that it has something to do with PDF files: for whenever I download a Powerpoint, on the other hand, it reverts to the much faster 'Download' folder. And yes, in my case, since I download sizable files, it does hog system-resources, whereas with the EX-browser download I can run 5 or 6 or 7 sizable downloads in parallel, without slowing the system down.

    Updating the web-browser? As I said, I'm using Safari 4.0.3 ... now there's version 4.0.5 ... I doubt that it would make any difference .... :apple:

    Cheers,
     
  4. bluskale macrumors regular

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    you could try using firefox... by default it has no pdf viewing capabilities, last I tried
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    If you hold Option will clicking a link to a PDF (or any other file, for that matter) it'll force a download.

    Usually Safari will default to rendering the PDF inside the browser, however the site can override that and force a download.
     
  6. sensibilita thread starter macrumors newbie

    sensibilita

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    Hi guys .... thanks for the tips!! The Firefox option is working very nicely, even though the browser itself is much slower, it seems ...

    The Option-click I had tried, albeit unsuccessfully, before ... it couldn't force the downloads in Safari, alas ... I am doing a bit of downloading in SCRIBD, and so the in-browser file-sizes slow things down considerably, to the point where I really cannot do anything else (on 1 GB MacBook RAM) ... whereas EX-browser downloads allow me to do a little multi-tasking ....

    Thank you again!

    Cheers,
     
  7. sensibilita thread starter macrumors newbie

    sensibilita

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    I take back my commendatory comments regarding Firefox .... it is too sloooooooooow by half ... had to abandon that; flying again with Safari ...:confused:
     

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