Web Viewer and Adobe Acrobat Issue

There is a known compatibility issue with Adobe Acrobat and the JIDS web viewer freezing up. Please review the video below to see an example of this issue: 

 For HD Quality click the gear icon PlayerGear.png in the player and select 720p.  

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The resolution for this issue is to install Adobe Acrobat Reader (available here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/) and set it up as the default PDF file viewer. 

After downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader, set the default PDF viewer to Adobe Acrobat Reader instead of Adobe Acrobat:

  1. Open the Control Panel and select Programs :WebViewerAdobeAcrobat1.jpg
  2. Select Default Programs :WebViewerAdobeAcrobat2.jpg
  3. Select "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" :WebViewerAdobeAcrobat3.jpg
  4. Select "Choose default apps by file type" (example in Windows 10) : WebViewerAdobeAcrobat4.jpg
  5. Scroll down the list of file types until you see .pdf.  Click on the icon to the right of .pdf and select "Adobe Acrobat Reader" on the Choose an app menu :WebViewerAdobeAcrobat6.jpg

Now all PDF documents will open with the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. If you need to open a PDF document to edit after changing your default .pdf viewer to Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can right click on the PDF document and select "Open With" and choose "Adobe Acrobat"


The Adobe Acrobat program allows users to edit PDF documents from their desktop. In contrast, the Adobe Acrobat Reader program is a free program that allows for viewing PDF documents only. 


The JIDS Helpdesk thanks the State of Idaho for sharing information regarding the solution.

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