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I generally only keep the last two versions these days but it doesn't hurt to keep all you want on a Mac.
You really only have 3 versions installed if you have from 7.x to 9.x.
>that very rarely will I be able to open a pdf file with the latest version
What exactly happens when you try? You "should" be able to open almost any PDF in 9.
Thanks for the reply graffiti, If I click on a link in a website to open a pdf file it would open another window where you can choose the application to open it.
In each case I found that the newer versions were dimmed out and the old version 7.0.5 was not.
It seems that now I have another problem, I just downloaded Adobe Reader version 9 and installed it.
Now when I go to open a pdf file I do not get to choose an app. to open it but instead a page opens up right away but the page is black. So I can't read any pdf files now.
Save a PDF to your hard drive. highlight it then Control+click (or right click) choose "open with". What are your options under "open with"?
Also, try opening Reader first then use file>open to open the PDF. What happens?
Just trying to determine if this is a Reader issue alone or if it has something to do with what browser you are using. Which one ARE you using by the way?
I'm using Safari. If I download the pdf file to my desktop and then highlight and control click I get a lot of options all of the adobe reader versions are at the top of the list. I can open it that way. Also I can open it from my file>open
However if I double click a pdf file say on Google from a list of search url's it opens up into a black page.
Hmm. Ok. It's an issue with Safari then.
Have you tried deleting your Safari preference file (.plist)?
Ok I went ahead and trashed the .plist file and that helped. Now when I click on a pdf file in the Google search engine list I get the black page first but then window to choose an app. to open the pdf file comes up.
Of the 3 versions 7, 8 and 9 that I have in the list only the 7 version will activate and open up the pdf file.