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LiveCycle 8 - Preview PDF


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I have just installed Adobe Professional version 8 and found that even though Acrobat reader (the pro version) is loading fine with documents either locally or through a browser, LiveCycle 8 will not allow the use of the Preview PDF in the view settings. It is greyed out.

I have checked and the "file system browser" is checked in the tools, option, document handling, file management section of LiveCycle.

I also checked on the edit preferences section of adobe acrobat profession 8 (reader) to see if the browser option was selected there as well. It was.

I am at a loss to identify why I cannot use the Preview PDF in LiveCycle.

I have removed all free reader versions of adobe and have uninstalled and reinstalled as well as repaired the adobe pro installation with no positive results.

Please explain.
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I downloaded the trial version of Livecycle Designer 8 and am not able to use the PDF Preview (greyed out under View). Can somebody help?


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I'm having the same problem. Preview PDF is greyed out in LiveCycle Designer 8. Did you ever figure this one out?


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I've seen this behavior when people would install LC Designer BEFORE they install Reader or Acrobat.

Make sure you install the LC Designer after you have Reader or Acrobat installed.



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Thanks Jasmin,

Through the add/remove programs in the control panel, I removed the LiveCycle component of Acrobat 8, then restarted my computer, then reinstalled it...


no change :{

Other info:

When I installed Acro8, I kept Acro6 on my computer, but suspecting this may have been the problem I removed Acro6... no change.


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I had the same issue - drove me nuts!

Ended up solving it by:

opening Adobe Acrobat Professional, go into Edit menu, Preferences, Internet and the box that has Display PDF in browser may/may not be ticked.

If it isn't, tick it and save then go back into Adobe LiveCycle and should be ok. if it already is ticked, un-tick it and save, then go back in and tick again and save - don't know why this works, but it did for me.


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Interesting... Adobe recommend disabling the browser PDF display for users with accessibility issues (screen readers and the like). This could be where I came unstuck... I'll try your workaround Jodie, thanks.