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1998\03\16@065008 by wterreb

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Sometimes software companies make 'improvements' to their software
which is I really doubt whether it is really an improvement.   Much
to my frustration, I was the victim of one such 'improvement' this
weekend.  I just installed the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat
reader on my PC and discovered much to my horror that when I try to
download a PDF file from the web now, my Netscape browser
automatically opens the Adobe Acrobat reader and displays the file
directly without saving it on disk.   Now this might sound like a
good feature to someone who does not have to use a slow dial up
internet connection and who doesn't pay by the minute for online
time.  But I do and I don't want to to download the PDF file every
time I want to look at the file, and I could not find a way to save
the file to disk from the PDF viewer.    Do anybody know how to
switch off this feature so that when PDF files are saved on disk
rather than opening Acrobat reader and displaying it directly?   I'm
a great fan of the Adobe Acrobat products, but this feature is really
frustrating.

Rgds
Werner

1998\03\16@072616 by Luca Carboni

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>I just installed the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat
>reader on my PC and discovered much to my horror that when I try to
>download a PDF file from the web now, my Netscape browser
>automatically opens the Adobe Acrobat reader and displays the file
>directly without saving it on disk.

- Menu EDIT | PREFERENCES
- Navigator | Applications
- Search for Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Edit
- Click on SAVE TO DISK
- Check the ASK ME BEFORE...
- OK

This should fix your problem.

Enjoy! :-)

Luca



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1998\03\16@074451 by Chaipi Wijnbergen

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Hi,

In Netscape Navigator, do Options->General Preferences and hit the helper
tab. then look for
Application/pdf, click on it and you would see a few radio buttons on the
bottom, see it
Adobe Acrobat checked the option to 'Launch the Application..., You may
select save to disk
instead.

Chaipi

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1998\03\16@075925 by n Midgley

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>when I try to
>download a PDF file from the web now, my Netscape browser
>automatically opens the Adobe Acrobat reader and displays the file
>directly without saving it on disk.

Same damned thing in IE4. I've searched high and low, but I can't
find any reference to helper apps in any of the menus. Any IE4
experts out there who can provide the info?

John M

1998\03\16@083706 by Peter van Hoof

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After viewing the file is in the cache you can always go back, right click
on the link and select save to disk, or even do this without first viewing

Peter

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1998\03\16@084256 by

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Also .... If you right click the link, Explorer gives you the option to
'Save Target As..' ( This is IE4 - I believe 3.xx was the same )

This lets you save to disk rather than fire up the default viewer - works
for all filetypes

Hope this helps.
Neil

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From:  Luca Carboni
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To:  .....PICLISTKILLspamspam.....MITVMA.MIT.EDU
Subject:  Re: Viewing PDF files directly on the WWW

>I just installed the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat
>reader on my PC and discovered much to my horror that when I try to
>download a PDF file from the web now, my Netscape browser
>automatically opens the Adobe Acrobat reader and displays the file
>directly without saving it on disk.

- Menu EDIT | PREFERENCES
- Navigator | Applications
- Search for Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Edit
- Click on SAVE TO DISK
- Check the ASK ME BEFORE...
- OK

This should fix your problem.

Enjoy! :-)

Luca



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1998\03\16@145957 by n/a

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Werner Terreblanche wrote:
>
> the file to disk from the PDF viewer.    Do anybody know how to
> switch off this feature so that when PDF files are saved on disk
> rather than opening Acrobat reader and displaying it directly?   I'm
> a great fan of the Adobe Acrobat products, but this feature is really
> frustrating.

If it's netscape 4.x,

select menu on the menu bar
select preferences
select the arrow on navigator
select applications
search and select Portable Document Format (I thin')
select edit
change the option to save to disk
select OK
select OK

I think that's it. Netscape 3.0 may be similar. I'm not sure about
IE.

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1998\03\16@164910 by Steve Baldwin

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> >I just installed the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat
> >reader on my PC and discovered much to my horror that when I try to
> >download a PDF file from the web now, my Netscape browser
> >automatically opens the Adobe Acrobat reader and displays the file
> >directly without saving it on disk.
>
> - Menu EDIT | PREFERENCES
> This should fix your problem.

I find with Navigator 3 on Win95 that it sets it back each time it is
started which is a bit of a pain.
If you press shift when clicking the link, it will prompt for the save
option.

Steve.

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1998\03\16@171749 by William Chops Westfield

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Netscape at least has a "download link" that always donwloads to a file
instead of treating the link as "interactive."  I think it's on the right
mouse button, or on click&hold for mac one-button mouse users...

BillW

1998\03\17@191409 by Dwayne Reid

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Others have suggested changing the settings in the general preferences menu
of Netscape - I tried that several months ago when I ran into the same
problem after upgrading to Acrobat 3.  It doesn't work under Netscape 2.01!
My solution to date has been to hold the shift key when selecting the file -
this immediately brings up the "save as" dialog without launching Acrobat.
If anyone else can suggest a fix, please let me know.

BTW - I've been told that after changing the settings in the preferences
dialogs, you have to make sure that you select the "save settings" option on
the first level of the preferences menu.  I have not confirmed this - just
passing on what I was told...

dwayne

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1998\03\19@060617 by paulb

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Dwayne Reid wrote:

> My solution to date has been to hold the shift key when selecting the
> file - this immediately brings up the "save as" dialog without
> launching Acrobat.

 I must get used to that habit!  But you have to keep a weather eye out
as to whether the link is HTML you want to go to, or PDF you want to
save.

> BTW - I've been told that after changing the settings in the
> preferences dialogs, you have to make sure that you select the "save
> settings" option on the first level of the preferences menu.  I have
> not confirmed this - just passing on what I was told...

 Memory says this worked on version 2, so they deleted that option on
version 3.  There is NO WAY you can save the setting for a PDF file once
the parasitic browser is installed!

 My observations,

 Cheers,
       Paul B.

1998\03\19@060617 by paulb

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Dwayne Reid wrote:

> My solution to date has been to hold the shift key when selecting the
> file - this immediately brings up the "save as" dialog without
> launching Acrobat.

 I must get used to that habit!  But you have to keep a weather eye out
as to whether the link is HTML you want to go to, or PDF you want to
save.

> BTW - I've been told that after changing the settings in the
> preferences dialogs, you have to make sure that you select the "save
> settings" option on the first level of the preferences menu.  I have
> not confirmed this - just passing on what I was told...

 Memory says this worked on version 2, so they deleted that option on
version 3.  There is NO WAY you can save the setting for a PDF file once
the parasitic browser is installed!

 My observations,

 Cheers,
       Paul B.

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