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    Adobe Flash Player

    I have downloaded Adobe flash player and once completed message came up "installation successful"

    However, I cannot find program when I select all programs and secondly how do I set it up so that when I want to open up a document from the internet that it defaults to using Adobe Flash Player?

    Your assistance in this regard is most appreciated

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    Flash is a 'silent' add-in for showing images and movies inside web browsers.

    What kind of document did you hope to open with it?

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    Once installed Flash Player is embedded into your browser and will be called when required.
    To test it is installed go to the Adobe test page.

    cheers, Paul

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    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the help, much appreciated

    I am trying to open a PDF document fro,m a Revenue Services Dept that advises that it only supports Adobe flash

    When trying to open up the document at home it comes up with an error "the documents ...... .aspx could not be opened because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences.

    I am however, able to access the document from my work PC so i'm not sure what this is the case.

    It would be appreciated if you could assist me

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    Howard

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    In that case, you need Adobe Reader. For download links, comments and further related links here: http://securitygarden.blogspot.co.uk...-critical.html

    Note that for security reasons (Reader is a major target for malware attacks), other PDF readers are preferred for normal use and having a PDF plugin enabled in web browsers probably increases that risk.

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    Adobe Flash is not associated with PDF. As already stated that would be Adobe Reader. I would prefer a different reader than Adobe. There are several fine readers that are more secure with less resource hogging than the Adobe product. I use PDF-Xchange Viewer. Other speak of Foxit Reader or Nitro Reader as very fine replacements for Adobe.
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    Ted, I prefer and use Sumatra - outside of the browser - but some official pdf documents are reported not to work correctly (by design?) with other than Adobe Reader (which is a major malware magnet).

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    I used to have one site that did not work, until the latest update of PDF-Xchange Viewer, then I seem to be unable to find a site that does not work. Obviously I have not checked all sites with PDF's, but the sites I use work. I also have not have Adobe Reader installed in a couple of years.

    There were some questions in another thread about some of the named apps not printing properly. That is also not a problem so far with PDF_Xchange Viewer.
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    When trying to open up the document at home it comes up with an error "the documents ...... .aspx could not be opened because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences.
    .aspx files should be handled by the web server or your browser. See:
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fileex...f/aspxfile.htm

    Try a different browser or if you are using IE, try compatibility mode.

    Jerry

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    Jerry, I think the latter part of the error message is most pertinent here: ' ... could not be opened because the associated helper application does not exist', that associated helper refers to Adobe Reader (or another registered .pdf handling application); as it's an 'application' mentioned, it doesn't look like it's referring to the Reader browser plugin to open it within the browser.

    Put simply, the browser is only being asked to pass on a message to Reader by that .aspx page (server): "IE, start Adobe Reader to open this document" (or thereabouts).

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    Satrow, that was my first thought as well but I assumed the OP had a PDF application already installed. I hope the OP posts his luck with the answers given in this tread.

    Jerry

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    For those, like me, that try to keep their Adobe Flash Player up to date, be aware that there are two distinct versions.....
    One is for Internet Explorer and the other is for Mozilla Firefox, etc.
    So pick the right one, for the browser you will use.

    Yes, when Adobe Reader doubled in size in about a year, I dumped it in favor of "Foxit Reader" which does the same job for me and my customers, of reading and printing .pdf files and it's only a fraction of the size of Adobe Reader and it's much faster too.
    So making the change was a real "NO Brainer".

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    Hi Guys

    Thanks for all the input. I finally resolved the issue at hand by opening the document using IE

    Regards

    Howard

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    Glad to hear you found the answer.

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