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CubaMark Apr 14th, 2020 11:04 AM

Gov't of Canada, Online forms, PDF, Adobe stupidity
 
So I'm in rather urgent need to fill out some online forms with Immigration & Citizenship Canada.

They insist on using online PDFs with Adobe Reader, okay, no problem, but - the damn things don't work.

Don't work on Safari.

Went through the process of downloading & installing DC Reader again just to be sure, flushed cache, tried again -no-go.

Okay, must be a Safari glitch, as it occasionally doesn't play well with some websites.

Tried Chrome - no-go. Same problem. This error message:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9k7zg51f5c...itch.png?raw=1

(and note that the link provided is a 404 - Adobe has since restructured their website, and the GoC PDF error page hasn't been updated).

Anyone else have a solution / suggestion?

CubaMark Apr 14th, 2020 01:27 PM

The answer, from Adobe's Twitter account:
The Acrobat/Reader plug-in for Apple Safari is based on Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI), which is supported only till Safari version 11. If you are using Safari version 12 or above, it will not work. Please refer to the following link for more details: https://t.co/fi8jO6ABuU?amp=1
The page in question just repeats what is stated in the tweet above.

So tell me, given that online PDFs are so ubiquitous in 2020, how these two billion-dollar companies can't just make the damn thing work? :mad:

eMacMan Apr 14th, 2020 06:03 PM

Found FireFox was the answer but that was several years ago.

Even then I had problems with the security certificate. Would expect far worse now.

unblocktheplanet Apr 17th, 2020 03:26 AM

Yep, same prob. Use Safari as my primary browser. Not so popular on the playground.

This problem with CIC persisted with all browsers. If you need these forms, I suggest Googling the CIC PDF form name, e.g., Canada+"imm5444e"+PDF. Should get you to a d/lable form.

BTW, all studies indicate we should remain isolated into 2022. Honestly, folks, it's a small price to pay for protecting oneself & others. Maybe this will show the economy isn't really everything. Read a few books about the Spanish flue pandemic. Three full years, January 1918 to December 1920. One-third of the world's population was dead. Everyone lost somebody.

Now I don't go for this woo-woo about 'caring community', etc. But maybe govt could abolish our military, stop bailing out corporations & pipelines, empty the prisons, and give all that money directly to citizens. Any better ideas???

You want to assign blame? Try capitalism...

Rob Apr 17th, 2020 12:42 PM

It may be an issue with the default pdf viewer settings. I was wondering about this myself, so I checked this on my own computer.

If I right click on a pdf file in the finder, I get a dropdown menu. The second item in the dropdown menu is "Open With". If I choose "Open With", I get another dropdown menu to select the application to use to open the file. There is a listing of applications to choose from, but the one at the top is Preview (default). This means that a pdf file will always open with Preview by default, unless you choose another option.

I'm guessing that pdf files are probably opening with Preview within your web browser, and Preview doesn't support the special commands that are needed. If that's true, then the solution might be to change the default pdf viewer to Adobe Reader. I'm not sure how to do that yet, but it's probably some finder preference setting.

PatakAttack Sep 22nd, 2020 07:14 AM

Gov't of Canada, Online forms, PDF, Adobe stupidity
 
Where's the Like button for this post?

Yep, same prob. Use Safari as my primary browser. Not so popular on the playground.

This problem with CIC persisted with all browsers. If you need these forms, I suggest Googling the CIC PDF form name, e.g., Canada+"imm5444e"+PDF. Should get you to a d/lable form.

BTW, all studies indicate we should remain isolated into 2022. Honestly, folks, it's a small price to pay for protecting oneself & others. Maybe this will show the economy isn't really everything. Read a few books about the Spanish flue pandemic. Three full years, January 1918 to December 1920. One-third of the world's population was dead. Everyone lost somebody.

Now I don't go for this woo-woo about 'caring community', etc. But maybe govt could abolish our military, stop bailing out corporations & pipelines, empty the prisons, and give all that money directly to citizens. Any better ideas???

You want to assign blame? Try capitalism...[/QUOTE]

unblocktheplanet Sep 22nd, 2020 09:49 AM

Indeed. Capitalism. This is precisely the same problem with accessing mac-torrent-downloads.net. Too much effing security!

eMacMan Sep 25th, 2020 10:19 AM

As a sidebar to all of this.

Was in Lethbridge the other day and noted that the Service Canada parking lot was unusually empty. Service Canada was locked up tighter than a drum due to Covid.

Keep in mind our national 7-day average death rate is down to 7/day, from a May 7th high of about 185, daily admissions to ICU are averaging fewer than 5/day, and hospitalizations are averaging just barely over 20/day.

unblocktheplanet Sep 25th, 2020 11:06 PM

We're hoping to get a form approved during Covid as they may not want to schedule an inconvenient interview. Lethbridge is a big town, amazing ServiceCanada was locked up!

I don't think the death rate is the worrying part, or even hospitalisation. It's the long-term health consequences no one wants to live with..

eMacMan Sep 26th, 2020 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unblocktheplanet (Post 2726858)
We're hoping to get a form approved during Covid as they may not want to schedule an inconvenient interview. Lethbridge is a big town, amazing ServiceCanada was locked up!

I don't think the death rate is the worrying part, or even hospitalisation. It's the long-term health consequences no one wants to live with..

Except in the few cases where it goes sideways, it is pretty much just a very mild common cold, so long term effects would apply almost exclusively to those who need hospitalization, and 20/day is a drop in the bucket compared to other causes. I would worry far more about the long term effects of a vaccine designed to alter a part of our DNA, and rushed to market with zero long term testing.

FWIW I actually heard the lamestream moaning about how it was taking those who developed pneumonia up to 5 weeks to fully recover. I know several people who have recovered from pneumonia pre-corona era. It always took them closer to 6 months and in two cases about a year to recover their stamina.

There is no longer any valid reason to keep SC closed except to inconvenience as many as possible. I am so grateful I got CPP and OAS set up before all this happened.


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