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PDF application

What program do I need to read pdf files?

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Preview can do it, But I've personally fell in love with Skim: https://skim-app.sourceforge.io (GREAT for older Macs). AVOID Acrobat. The final versions are really heavy and slow on PPC Macs.

If you need to modify or change a PDF - LibreOffice is the best thing for older Macs. /apps/libre-office-4062-ppc

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The Skim file is something called a .dmg file. I tried using stuffit expander, disk copy 6x, and virtual cd/dvd utility. None of those worked, do I need something else? It looks like all the versions of Skim are .dmg files.

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dmg is the NORMAL Mac image file for OSX. If you need something for Classic, you are stuck with Adobe Reader.

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Not true... MacGhostScript + MacGSView will also read PDFs. In fact, I used to use MacGhostScript to load PDFs onto a Mac Plus running System 7.5.5 -- somewhere Adobe Acrobat Reader wouldn't work.

The last version available for Classic Mac OS is here: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/macos/index.htm

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Me, I don't know any replacement application for Acrobat Reader on Classic Mac OS versions.

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That worked well, thank you guys. I feel I asked this question before and I don't remember the answer but if I tried opening a file with the wrong program how do I change what I open the program with? There isn't an "open with" option that I can find.

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Use "Creator Changer" on the file. If the file is a PDF then include the Preferences file that comes with Creator Changer as it has the file type for Acrobat included in those preferences.