commanderW - 8:16 pm on Sep 21, 2006 (gmt 0)
- In Acrobat Reader preferences (writing on OS X here), choose 'internet' from the sidebar. there is a box labeled "display pdf in browser using...". Click on it to uncheck it, to prevent pdf's loading in browser.
- I was thinking, this could be considered a problem in user education. Now, since your educational, maybe it's a great time to acquaint your new users to even more than these pdf related instructions suggested by all.
- For instance, I found it frustrating, using an iBook & the trackpad that came w/it., to read the instructions for downloading a file always telling me to 'right click'. In fact, it was a few months before i found the tip that the keyboard equivalent is 'ctrl click' to bring up control menu to access download choices etc.. Not in any of my excellent manuals ( which are all unusually light on keyboard shortcut info), but described on a site dedicated to the old tv show 'Wheel of Fortune', so visitors could download pictures of Vanna White et. al. This helpful webmaster probably saved me from a stroke or worse. & also got me using the 'control menu' for the 1st time.
- Also, if you educate your users to deselect Acrobat Readers default browser display as the solution, you should tell them how then to view the pdf in acrobat reader later, Otherwise it will open when clicked, w/the native pdf reader of the OS. In OS X that is 'Preview'. A barebones pdf reader. I never paid any attention to Acrobar Reader till the new versions came out. They are quite spectacular when it comes to actually reading a pdf. Scrolling sidebar page selection. Or full-screen w/ keyboard commands. Save a copy to disk button (if it is opened in browser, which, on broadband cable, i actually prefer).
- When i 1st got on web, i wasted alot of time not having fun because so many things need to be learned. As a new user i was cautious about going into 'preferences', which i understood nothing about, & making changes. So i was hobbled. I have a friend on dialup who has heard of the 'control menu' but doesn't really want to mess w/ it, when i give him tips. On the general website, i found a dearth of all this basic information, which everyone quickly learns to take for granted. Most people in the world still don't have computers, & most of the ones that do, still don't really know how to use them. Any website that caters to these users will earn alot of love.