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    Adobe PDF Files

    Greetings,

    With most .pdf links, the user is automatically taken into their local version of reader to view the file. I would like the file to be downloaded instead. Aside from placing the file into a .zip, is anyone aware of a method, (be it a tag or otherwise) that will open the save-as window for these files, instead of going directly to the viewer?

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I believe this depends upon the individual operating system's configuration and browser setup. But if you find a workaround for it, I would love to know what it is!
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    See the other Mark's <post#=299548>post 299548</post#> for a possible ASP solution.

    (I ended up doing something completely different.)

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I think if you give the file an unknown extension, like "pdfX" for example, the browser will default to downloading it. Might be hard to explain to your users. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    There doesn't appear to be a tag option for this, unfortunately...

    The user can control this however by opening up 'General Options' in Acrobat Reader, and unchecking the 'Web Integration' function. If anyone can find a solution for this, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

    p.s. I've had to walk some of my users on how to use their mouse... ("No Ma'am... it's not a microphone...") I can't imagine the headache a file-rename might cause... <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    <hr>the headache a file-rename might cause<hr>
    Not to mention a zip file, either.... <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> Hey, what about a self-extracting zip? If you have a registered version of Winzip you can create self extracting files with it...
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I think that we should discourage users from downloading and running EXE files (the extension on self-extracting zip files), so while this certainly would work, I personally can't endorse it.

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    Good point. It is a rather dangerous proposition.
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    This doesn't really answer your question - but I know I always use the _blank attribute in my pdf links to force them to open in new page.

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    This looks like PHP?
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I can't figure out how to search for this, but would an ftp://mydomain.com/document.pdf download or also open in the browser?

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I just tested that using my own domain, and it results in the same thing: with the Acrobat's web integration enabled, up comes the browser, and open goes the PDF.
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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    Sorry, I can't agree with Jefferson's disdain for the EXE file extension. We all know that there's a plethora of dirtbags out there but that doesn't make "EXE" a dirty word. Most computer users download software and other stuff with an EXE file extension, we just have to be careful from whom we receive such files. Putting a PDF file in a self-extracting Zip (with an EXE extension) looks like a perfect solution for the question at hand. Visitors or users of his web pages must "trust" him or they wouldn't be there.

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    Re: Adobe PDF Files

    I think I'd side more with Jefferson on this, .exe can be a very nasty @#$!%, and your user would be none the wiser. I think ultimately, the solution is to put it online as a .zip, and link to a popular .zip utility. Ultimately, you're doing your user a favor if, (and I can't imagine how this could be...) they don't have an unzip utility already... [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    Also, there's a very good possibility that the user themselves or their administrators (if they surf at work) have disabled the ability to download .exe files from the internet. Too many unknowns for my tastes... So, as a web-designer myself, I'd be very reluctant to put .exe's on any site I create, and I'd have to advise my clients against it. Avid users only have a few trusted sites in this regard, and my creation isn't likely to be one of them. Of course, that's just my two cents...
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