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Old Jan 4th, 2021, 09:29 PM   #11
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I'm still peeved about this.

Our Pharmacy has an online system - very convenient, if a bit clunky - for refilling prescriptions, communicating with the pharmacist, and - what I need today - printing off the Patient Tax Receipt.

Of course, it uses Adobe PDF, which is fine, but it is inaccessible to me. I have no idea if it works for Windows users, but on my Mac it ain't happening - same problem as above with Gov't of Canada.

There is no option to right-click, save target as... - Clicking the button to "View Tax Receipt" pops up a dialogue that informs me that Adobe Reader is not installed (it is, but a noted above by Adobe, it's no longer supported on modern browsers).

Right-clicking that button only offers the option to search Google for the text in the button. Very helpful /sarcasm.

I don't see anything online about WHY all modern browsers no longer support inline PDFs. Anybody have a link to a technical explanation?

Sigh. I guess tomorrow I'm on the road to the pharmacy in the next city over so they can give me a physical printout. How last-century!
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Old Jan 4th, 2021, 11:27 PM   #12
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This is definitely a big flaw and maybe only for Macs. The only workaround, at least for govt forms is to search the form ID number or the full name of the form. The PDFs are often lodged elsewhere. This won't help your Patient Tax Info, though.
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Update - I went all methodical on things last night... turns out Chrome *will* download the PDF from the pharmacy site. There's enough of a delay between click and download that I impatiently thought it wasn't working.

So now I'm just miffed at Safari. I understand that there are (still) a lot of sites out there that seem to be built specifically for Internet Exploder v.6 and have never been updated (damn bureaucracies), but even given that, Safari seems to just choke on too damn many pages. I wont' stop using it... it's my favourite browser among the many, but it still bugs me....
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Old Jan 5th, 2021, 08:42 PM   #14
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Safari seems to just choke on too damn many pages. I wont' stop using it... it's my favourite browser among the many, but it still bugs me....

I finally had to give up on Safari years and several MacOS Versions ago as it just didn't work with just too many webpages I wanted to view. Your time to abandon it may be coming sooner than you think.



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Old Jan 6th, 2021, 12:30 AM   #15
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Agree. I love the Safari interface. But few sites in the PC world support it. Amazing, considering there's a Windoze version and so many are now using Macs, esp during WFH. And, as has happened with my five year old legacy MBP, Apple is still trying to shake the trillions out of us. Other browsers, and I've tried them all, just don't do it for me.
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Unfortunately Mac does not support Safari back more than a year or so. For those of us still using real HDs that means Safari is essentially useless. Until we spend big bucks upgrading to more recent hardware, often at the expense of other software or peripherals no longer being supported.

Firefox has its flaws,especially the never ending updates, but has still become my browser of choice.
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Go to the Internet plug-ins folder in the top level Library folder, move the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin out temporarily. Quit Safari and re-launch and see how the PDFs do.
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Just had a thought here. Perhaps the version of Safari can be paired to the OS I'm running: 10.13.6. So which Safari v works best and where do I find one to install? TIA!
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Go to the Internet plug-ins folder in the top level Library folder, move the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin out temporarily. Quit Safari and re-launch and see how the PDFs do.
Thanks for the tip - unfortunately, no-go.

I'll take the Adobe guidance (noted above) that it just ain't gonna work....
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Just had a thought here. Perhaps the version of Safari can be paired to the OS I'm running: 10.13.6. So which Safari v works best and where do I find one to install? TIA!

That Is one of the main problems with Apple's Safari, it is only available with a Mac OS install and grabbing it from some other installation Version etc. doesn't seem to work properly, at least I could never get them to work.

And even Apple's Safari Help Page Says you can either update the installed version If the software update allows it or has an update available, or to do a Mac OS install:

Update or reinstall Safari for your computer
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204416

I just ended up switching over to Firefox, About when some things didn't work the way I wanted to I ended up using Google Chrome and it works great for me and especially with some of the Chrome extensions I use. Much better than Safari ever was, but then again, I only use the Mavericks version with the Mac OS Mavericks Version I'm using.

I just don't appreciate Apple removing so many features that I used from their later Mac OS versions.



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