6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2006 4:01 PM by mhunter
Greg Gruzalski Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
I don’t think this is the ideal forum for my question, but this is the only forum I’ve ever used, and I always seem to find a solution here.

Today I started using a new MacBook Pro (OS 10.4.6). I used the Setup Assistant to transfer files, applications, and other information from my old Mac to my new one. I’ve had some problems (e.g., Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional doesn’t appear to work), and the one that is bugging me now involves Firefox.

On my old machine (G4), Firefox would open PDF files (i.e., I didn’t have to download them and read them with Preview or Adobe Acrobat . . . Firefox would read them). Now that isn’t happening, and I don't know how to get Firefox to do it again.

When I go to preferences/downloads and click “View & Edit Actions...”, I can change or remove an existing action, but I can’t figure out how to add a new one. Since the actions listed are for .png, .doc, .ppt, and .xls files, I don't know how to get Firefox to read PDF files.

Can anyone help?

Dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Displaying PDF files in a browser other than Safari requires you to have Adobe's Acrobat reader installed.

    Acrobat Reader installs a plug-in for each browser it finds on your system.

    So, if you install Acrobat Reader, then you will be able to view your PDF files.

    Now, you also need to know that Adobe has not updated their software to be "Universal" (compatible with Intel Macs).

    This means that FireFox (and any other browser) will automatically disable PowerPC plug-ins while you are using them in Intel Native Mode. So, you will need to run FireFox in "Rosetta" mode. This will enable the PowerPC plug-ins to work.

    Here's a document explaining how to force a Universal program (such as FireFox) in Rosetta / PowerPC mode:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303120

    So, run FireFox in Rosetta mode and Install Acrobat Reader (the latest version) and see if that works.

    As for your other Adobe program, Adobe still has not updated it to run Natively on your Intel Mac, so that is likely part of your problem.

    Let me know if you have other questions, or need further clarification on some of the details.


    I hope this helps.
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Had a glitch that caused a duplicate post.

    I removed the content of the duplicate. Sorry.

    Anyway, hope my original post is helpful to you.

    Message was edited by: mhunter
  • Greg Gruzalski Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
    mhunter,

    I did what you said, and now if I click on a link to a pdf file, I'm given the choice to
    -- download it,
    -- open it,
    -- view it as html, or
    -- cancel.
    If I open it, it does so in Preview.

    I have two follow-up questions:
    1. Is this (what I just described) how it is supposed to work?
    2. Is there a way to avoid the extra click (i.e., have it open in Preview automatically)?

    Thank you!!

    Dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,


    1. Is this (what I just described) how it is supposed to work?



    Turns out that it works that way on my system as well.

    I use Safari Primarily. So, I was going by standard behavior problems to answer your question. I only use FireFox if I need to.

    But, the response you get now, is exactly how it behaves on my PowerPC Mac right now when using FireFox.

    I found this statement at:

    http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/OSX.html

    Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 ships with a browser plugin, but it does not work with Gecko based browsers.

    The plugin is installed in the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library Folder automatically. The best course of action at this stage is to delete it, and tell Adobe Reader not to check for it using the Adobe Reader Preferences.

    If you need a plugin for viewing PDFs, you will need to use the PDF Browser Plugin, which is free for non-commercial use.



    The alternative PDF plug-in that they mention is at:

    http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

    Now, it is also still a PowerPC program. So, you will need to leave FireFox in Rosetta mode to use it.


    2. Is there a way to avoid the extra click (i.e., have it open in
    Preview automatically)?


    Yes, before you click on the "O.K. Button" put a check in the box that says to do this automatically from now on.

    Hope this helps.
  • Greg Gruzalski Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
    Thank you!!

    I marked this message as solved.

    Greg
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,

    Thank you!!


    You are quite welcome


    I marked this message as solved.


    Thank you, I appreciate that