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Adobe Reader XI toolbar

I installed Adobe Reader XI on Win7 x86, followed by update of FFox to v19 (apparently the latest browser release). Adobe Reader works normally, and I can open PDFs for viewing in FFox 19, but it seems FFox 19 -will- -not- display the standard toolbar for Adobe Reader XI. Instead, the only options are a 'download' button, a 'slider' button, 'page count' and 'next/prev page'. In contrast, IE8 -will- display the standard Adobe Reader XI toolbar, near the top of the open window. I don't know whether the problem is with Adobe or with FFox 19, and until there is a fix or some kind of work-around, I don't want to update any of my other machines.

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Site Moderator

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

this is the PDF.js PDf viewer in Firefox, which replaces Adobe Reader. You can switch back to Reader easily if you'd like Use the Adobe Reader plugin to view or download PDF files

New User

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

Well that's nice, Win7 search does not find a "PDF.js" or "pdf.js" anywhere on that machine. Plenty of other Java script files, tho...

Site Moderator

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

PDF.js isn't a file, it's a feature in Firefox. It's an opensourcePDf reader that uses Javascript instead of a separate plugin. It's more secure than Adobe Reader.

New User

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

Okay, that too is nice.

If, in fact, a built-in PDF.js is 'more secure', then I may decide to use it. There is still a problem with the toolbar, to wit:

I more or less routinely download 100s of PDFs in one session, the nature of that effort requires that I 'view' then 'download'. With older versions of Acrobat/Reader, and a full toolbar for that app, I can simply hit 'save as' and open a location to save the file. With this new version, PDF.js will only let me choose 'download', which opens a separate GUI -- for each separate download attempt -- where I must then select the target location. That's dumb, that's cumbersome, whether or not Mozilla believe the app is "more secure" (and no, I don't seriously believe I am at any kind of security risk at any time). I found that I can also choose "do this for every..." option in PDF.js, but then I must later open Tools -> Options, find "Portable Document Format" and change it back to "Preview in Firefox" before my next session. That too is dumb, that too is cumbersome.

Seems to me, the only solution is to try re-installing Reader, get FFox to open that app, and look for a way to restore toolbar access.

How nice of Mozilla to "enhance" my browser experience.

New User

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

Once upon a time FF ruled over IE, now if you upgrade, your flash player won't work (even with the latest update installed). Or you can go another route (like I have), rolled back to V17 where flash player works beautifully and lose the ability to open PDF's in the browser.

As I use flash player more I have opted to keep V17, but Mozilla you need to get your s*** together and bring back the things that initially converted us to use FF

SUMO Contributor

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

Hi Fiery, what is the problem you are having opening PDFs? In case your PDF handler is still set to the Firefox 19 PDF Viewer, you need to switch it as described in this article: How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer. Does that work?

New User

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

No I uninstalled V19 because of the flash player not working, reinstalled V17, now instead of PDF's being opened in a new tab, they're being downloaded.

When I go to the addon manager to check that I have the latest adobe reader installed, it says it needs updating, but I have the latest adobe reader.

SUMO Contributor

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

Hi Fiery, even if you have the plugin installed, you have to visit the Application preferences and choose the plugin to handle PDFs. Please see the article I linked above.

As for updating, the plugincheck page is keeping up with patches for Reader 11, but is not aware of the updates for Reader 10 and therefore always thinks you need Reader 11. There is a different thread about that.

New User

Re: Adobe Reader XI toolbar

I did as you suggested and rechecked my FF settings, they are as they should be

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