PDF Opened With Acrobat Is Mostly Blank

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Hi Folks!
For this problem, I've searched a lot but did not find an answer. If it is here & I missed it, please pardon my error.

For most pdf documents I download with Safari or Firefox, when I click them later to open they will open in Preview.app. That's my choice because I like it better than Adobe Reader.
But, some documents will open either as blank pages or semi-blank pages. An example is just about any fill-in-the-blank form from a US government page, such as a tax form. This is true also for many plain (not fill in the blank) pages.

If I save it to disc and click it, Preview most often shown only the title graphics and any borders or artwork on the page. All of their text as well as my entries are simply blank pages. If I right click and choose Adobe Reader, the documents open fine.

I went to "Get Info" for each document and made sure Preview.app was the default. No luck. (Preview app is the default for all pdf on this computer.)

Is there a solution or are these files a different kind of pdf?

Thanks Much for your help!
Paul
 
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The US Government may be like our Australian Government - Windows only users. Last year this was changed (at long last) so Tax forms may be downloaded and used on a Mac.
 

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No problem here with standard IRS publications and forms, Texas State forms, etc, opening and viewing them with Preview. However, fill in forms are different and many times are programmed to be filled in with Adobe and Adobe only. Not much you can do about it except to keep a copy of the Adobe Reader for just that purpose.
 
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Thank You!

Thanks Guys for taking time to reply. It's always a good day when I get to learn something new! I never knew that some pdf were Adobe only. Interesting.

Even some of the notices I receive via e-mail (not fill-ins) won't open with Preview either. Oddly, some from the same entity will open in Preview & others won't. I used to think I downloaded it wrong, but I'm now almost on automatic pilot when a page is blank- "Oh Yeah- Use Adobe..."

Since I like to use Preview so I can highlight & stuff, I'll take a bit of time to learn how on Adobe Reader. can't hurt to know.

Now I'm wondering if Mac users can get automatic extensions on filing deadlines for taxes? Yeah, Sure!

Thanks Again & Enjoy Today!
Paul
 

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