Issues with PDF files on a MacAugust 22nd, 2011
“I USE A MAC AND I GET AN ERROR WHEN OPENING A PDF FILE”: Over the last week, LV support has encountered issues from students and faculty who have been using Mac computers that have reported not being able to open PDF files that are embedded in Websites. This problem appears to be a problem between Apple and Adobe software, and is not limited to just Blackboard. As an official fix may not be available immediately, faculty can employ a workaround to ensure that students are able to view important course files in Blackboard.
SOLUTION: The problem only occurs when PDF links are set to open in the same browser window or added as files in Learning Modules. The workaround is to add the files as items instead of files, and set the files to open in a new window.
If it stills does not work students will need to install a third-party PDF plugin from http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf This is recommended by the Blackboard Learn user community. Restart the web browser and log onto the course once installed.