4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2010 7:26 AM by varjak paw
pbpapineau Level 1 (0 points)
I received a pdf that I could not open unless I had the latest version of Adobe Reader. Most pdfs that I received in the past I was able to open. So I'm perplexed as to this request to get Adobe Reader.
Is it OK to install this on my Mac anyway?

Also, I was not able to open a video unless I downloaded Adobe Flash Player. Apparently my Quick Time is not enough.
Is it OK to install this on my Mac anyway?

I'm not that familiar with these applications. So I don't know one from the other or what all these things mean.

Can anyone shed some light?

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,237 points)
    Most PDF's can be viewed directly in most modern browsers so there is not much need for third party PDF viewers.
    "Downloaded" (to your machine) PDF's can be opened and viewed using the Preview app. Even password protected PDF's can be viewed with the Preview app.
    QuickTime Player and its browser plug-in do not play true "Flash Video". You'll need to install Flash Player and its browser plug-in to view Flash content in the Web pages that use it.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,782 points)
    I would be surprised if you did not already have Adobe Flash Player on board, but if not:

    The latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer can be obtained from here:


    (You can check here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/ to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS.
  • pbpapineau Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the links. I downloaded the flash player. Then I tried the video from the web page I originally could not view. It worked fine. However, it looks like all I've got is the "Install Adobe Flash Player" listed under "Devices" in Finder. Is this location where it is supposed to live? I can't find what I think would be the real flash player in Applications. Even so, apparently something is working as evidenced by the above.

    Also, I downloaded Adobe Reader 9.4 as instructed on the PDF that I originally couldn't open. After downloading, it located itself in Applications, but I still couldn't open the PDF. Well, I finally figured out that I also had to install it as well, which was not overly apparent by any means. Anyway, I am now able to open the PDF and fill in the questionnaire blanks.

    Thanks so much for your help.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    What you are seeing is the disk image that contained the Flash installer application. The free Flash Player itself is a plugin that, when installed, "lives" in /Library/Internet Plug-ins/. There will be no standalone Flash application.

    Since the Flash plugin has been successfully installed, you can "eject" the disk image and delete or file the installer disk image, as you prefer.