Safari pdf viewing help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Reticent, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Reticent macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Ok I did something stupid.

    I downloaded the trial of appzapper thinking that I'd actually try to keep my new macbook pro clean and get rid of the "hidden" files associated with other applications. So I downloaded the trial of photoshop cs5 and then zapped it after the trial period was up, and appzapper deleted a bunch of other files associated with adobe. Great, I guess that's what I told it to do.

    Now, when I try to open pdfs in Safari (to just view in the browser, and not download them), a dialog box opens asking me where adobe reader is because safari can't read the pdf. I can only download the pdf.

    I looked a little on adobe's website and google, but the adobe website wasn't much help and I could only find an apple memo on how to fix it if you're using windows. :(

    So I'm turning to my friends in this forum... What can I do to make it better?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    AppZapper, AppCleaner, CleanApp, TrashMe, and similar apps do not do a thorough job of removing all files/folders related to deleted apps. I tested several of these, using Skype as the app to be removed. Of 17 items to be removed:
    AppZapper missed 13 items
    AppCleaner missed 11 items
    AppDelete missed 8 items
    Hazel missed 9 items​
    I also tested AppTrap, CleanMyMac and a few others, but don't recall how many items they missed. All left files/folders behind. In most cases, they remove .plist files and a few others, but leave behind much larger files and folders. (you will find a discussion of these tests in the thread linked below)

    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much

    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
  3. Reticent thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Ok. Just stupid again. Just needed to re-install adobe reader. Geez, that was not a tough fix.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Change PDF to open with Preview

    Faster than Adobe Reader

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