I just switched to a new computer running Windows XP, chrome,  with Adobe X and for some reason when trying to view PDF datasheets on Franks they will automatically download instead of immediately displaying in the browser.   On the old computer I was also running XP, chrome and an older version of Adobe and it never did the auto download thing.  I tried in Firefox on the new computer and it works as I wish it to - displays the page in read only without the annoying download.  So I'm guessing it may be a preference/security issue with chrome but I can't figure out how to disable the auto download.  Anyone else have this issue or know how to change the PDF reader to view only?


gemini86

Same thing here, except win7 x64 and chrome... I've got about 2 gigs of pdfs and other crap just sitting in my dl folder until I go through and clean it out...

:(
- Rodney

"...you better call Kenny Loggins, 'cause you're in the danger zone."

I've since tried removing adobe 10.1 and installing ver 9.4 and it will not even download on chrome with that version - simply does nothing.

It may have something to do with the version Chrome.  When I go into the about:plugins menu, I can see that the adobe 9  title is red lettered with a link that says "Download Critical Security Update" - which is simply a link to the download page for ver 10.1 . . ..   Strangely ver 9 works fine on my other computer which may have an older version of Chrome though I'm pretty sure I updated it very recently.  Guess they are blocking it.

So far the only solution has been to use Firefox.  Apparently the newest Chrome auto downloads for security reasons.  I may make a library at some point but I go to Franks a gazillion times a week and the work flow is easiest using: "search" > click and view.  Oh well.

kepeb

I'm still XP too. chrome is a great browser when I'm not on my phone but it has many bugs.
there are some that have been there for ages and don't seem like they will ever be addressed.

the most annoying for me is when you buy postage online and you're only allowed to display and print the file once. chrome doesn't like you to do that tho. some java and random pdfs used to crash it too.

try installing foxit reader with the browser addon for pdfs.
pyinag cosle aentttoin

PRR

Adobe Reader is notoriously insecure. Adobe's staff are focused on "features", which nobody uses, except malware writers. Embedded Acrobat scripts will execute code from strange sources. This makes as much sense as leaving the chicken shack unlocked in a world full of foxes.

I was on 9 because 9 had not told me to change to X; but reading security-admin newsletters, I decided that 9 was no longer an acceptable risk. You really should be on X.

Google Chrome also thinks Adobe Reader is a big security problem. The DEfault in Chrome is (supposed to be) to use Chrome's own internal Acrobat handler. This is presumably less-insecure, though sorta lame.

Somehow your Chrome has been set to pipe to Adobe Reader. Chrome's internal workings can be tinkered, but NOT easily.

OK, I manually forced Reader X onto my (XP) box. Maybe it fixes security, but they sure changed a lot of stuff that did NOT!! need to be changed. One security-maybe change is that it runs "protected". Fine, but now screen-captures do not work as before. Also more-often-than-not it comes up with no toolbar, just a floating ghost-bar which avoids my mouse. If I hit "X" on the float-bar, I get top-bar, but also the useless side-bar.

I've tried half the alternative readers and most lack essentials like _easy_ zoom and next-page keystrokes. WHY, in an app which basically does not "take text", are we forced to use shft-ctrl keys for basic chit?

gemini86

I used to use chrome's reader, but the thing SUCKS... half the pages it loaded glitchy, and ALWAYS came up with an error box telling me that it had pooped itself and didn't know why, then asked if I wanted to use Adobe X reader form now on... I clicked yes and that opened the flood gates for my download folder... Seriously, 2 gigs worth in there...

...and only SOME of it is porn.
- Rodney

"...you better call Kenny Loggins, 'cause you're in the danger zone."

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OK, I manually forced Reader X onto my (XP) box. Maybe it fixes security, but they sure changed a lot of stuff that did NOT!! need to be changed. One security-maybe change is that it runs "protected". Fine, but now screen-captures do not work as before. Also more-often-than-not it comes up with no toolbar, just a floating ghost-bar which avoids my mouse. If I hit "X" on the float-bar, I get top-bar, but also the useless side-bar.

exactly


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I used to use chrome's reader, but the thing SUCKS


and exactly again



I really wish chrome had a decent reader but the tool bar and basic features and layout of older Adobe was intuitively the most sensible to me.  esp for many page PDFs.   I may try the reader kepeb suggested.  If not then go back to X and run on Firefox and hopefully get the default layout closer to 9.  I do recall having a trojan attached to a 1946 Altec speaker catalog PDF I had downloaded on the old computer which the anti virus missed.  Can't afford another virus infection.  Thanks for the security info PRR.




PRR

> ...and only SOME of it is porn.

That's my main complaint about Chrome.

Printing is clearly low-low-priority.

It was absent or lame for many revisions.

Early this year I got a an update which would print. But only how IT wanted to.

I paid a lot of money for a good COLOR printer, one which would render gear-porno skin-tones resistor-stripes faithfully.

Chrome always defaulted to monochrome. EVERY time.

Yeah, a word-processor might default to BW because you may print-off a dozen drafts before you print the final Full Color document.

But I don't print drafts of web pages. I see what I want, I want what I see.

It also has no option to re-size the print (preview, yes; print, no) and most pages come out "2 pages" with a 1/8th-inch stripe on the second page.

FWIW: XP, FireFox, Reader X: I get Frank's PDF files in the browser, not via a trip through that Download box.

PRR

> a trojan attached to a 1946 Altec speaker catalog PDF

There was a time we did not send Word/Excel files (macro viruses), we used PDF "because it is safe". Recently hackers are finding and USING vulnerabilities in Adobe products almost monthly (and 27 patches in one month).

This is just a sample of alerts published in SANS NewsBites and other sources:

A vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash can result in remote code execution. ... was being exploited in the wild on July 21, 2009

12/15/2009 Vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Could Allow For Remote Code Execution

June 08, 2010
     * Adobe Reader 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions
     * Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions

August 11, 2010
     * Adobe Reader 9.3.3 and earlier 9.x versions
     
August 19, 2010
     * Adobe Reader 9.3.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
     * Adobe Acrobat 9.3.3 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Reader 8.2.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
     * Adobe Acrobat 8.2.3 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh   
     
September 20, 2010
     * Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier 9.x versions
     
October 06, 2010
     * Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
     * Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Reader 8.2.4 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
     * Adobe Acrobat 8.2.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
     
June 15, 2011
     * Adobe Reader X (10.0.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows
     * Adobe Reader X (10.0.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Macintosh
     * Adobe Reader 9.4.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Reader 8.2.6 and earlier 8.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Acrobat X (10.0.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Acrobat 9.4.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
     * Adobe Acrobat 8.2.6 and earlier 8.x versions for Windows and Macintosh

Adobe Security Bulletin APSB11-16 describes a number of vulnerabilities affecting Adobe Reader and Acrobat. These vulnerabilities affect Reader and Acrobat 9.3.4, earlier 9.x versions, 8.2.6, and earlier 8.x versions. These vulnerabilities also affect Reader X and Acrobat X 10.0.3, 10.0.1, and earlier 10.x versions.

An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities by convincing a user to open a specially crafted PDF file. The Adobe Reader browser plug-in, which can automatically open PDF documents hosted on a website, is available for multiple web browsers and operating systems.

These vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, write arbitrary files or folders to the file system, escalate local privileges, or cause a denial of service on an affected system as the result of a user opening a malicious PDF file.


For some reason I'm now able to get immediate viewing from Chrome and 10.  All I know is that I had initially removed 10, installed 9, then removed 9 and reinstalled 10 and now it works fine.  No clue as to why but I'm happy.

Doing a right click on the default minimalist 10 screen will allow for the traditional tool bar and navigation bars.


 

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