5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2009 7:23 PM by Golden Shoes
CharPatton Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
I used to be able to use the "Save As" Command to save PDF files that have loaded into Safari. Now with version 4.03 I seem to have lost this capability. If I try to save, it just saves as a WEB-link, not as a PDF file. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • 1. Re: Saving as PDF in Safari
    QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (48,115 points)
    Right click (Control click) on the link to download the file.
    Use the "Print" command and options to save a viewed PDF.
  • 2. Re: Saving as PDF in Safari
    CharPatton Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise; I definitely appreciate it and will try your suggestions!

    I am curious, tho, what has changed with the new upgrade to latest Safari. One person said that if you have Safari set to use the free Adobe Reader, rather than Acrobat Professional (which I have), the direct save functionality is lost. However, I can't seem to find any preference panels that allow me to choose what viewer I wish to use for PDF readers...
  • 3. Re: Saving as PDF in Safari
    Golden Shoes Level 5 Level 5 (4,015 points)
    Greetings,

    One person said that if you have Safari set to use the free Adobe Reader, rather than Acrobat Professional (which I have), the direct save functionality is lost.


    From everything I remember, this is not true. But it begs the question: Why would you even install Adobe Reader, when Safari is perfectly capable of rendering PDF files on it's own? Adobe Reader alters the behavior of Safari, is slow, buggy, and otherwise worthless. You should uninstall it and the Adobe PDF Viewer plugin completely and vow never to use it again.

    If you're going to download a PDF file and then use another PDF reader to view it, the best option is Skim.
  • 4. Re: Saving as PDF in Safari
    CharPatton Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Thanks for thoughtful comments!

    I'm perfectly happy with the way Safari displays PDFs within Safari; however, often I like to download the PDFs and save them and then work with them within Adobe Acrobat Professional. I used to be able to "Save As" a PDF somewhere, but now when I do that all that gets saved is a WEB-link.

    So basically, I'm just curious about how to restore the old behavior of being able to Save As PDFs.

    Cheers!
  • 5. Re: Saving as PDF in Safari
    Golden Shoes Level 5 Level 5 (4,015 points)
    So basically, I'm just curious about how to restore the old behavior of being able to Save As PDFs.


    If you want to save any document (web page or even a rendered PDF file) as a PDF file to your Desktop, just use the Print command, and in the drop-down sheet that appears there should be a button on the bottom-left side that says "PDF" with a downward pointing arrow. Click that and choose "Save as PDF…" and it just works.

    When the Adobe Reader toolbar used to appear in Safari, there is/was an icon there to save the rendered file to your Desktop, but at least for some people, it doesn't appear anymore. In that case, just use the Print command as described above.