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I would like to change .pdf files to use a different application when clicking on links in a browser.

How can I do this?

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You can and you can't at the same time. Safari will load the PDF automatically and display it but it will offer a "Open In" button where you can send the PDF to another application if it is configured by the developer to accept PDFs (eg. iBooks, GoodReader, etc.) At present there is no way to direct it directly to another application unless that application will take a URL you could copy and paste.

screenshot showing a PDF opened in Safari

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Where is the "Share" button? – Bravax Sep 16 '10 at 19:33
@Bravax: Sorry. It's the Open In button. I've put up a screenshot. – Chealion Sep 16 '10 at 19:57
Thanks, I'm not seeing that on my iPad for some reason. – Bravax Sep 17 '10 at 8:39
@Bravax: Do you have iBooks installed? – Chealion Sep 17 '10 at 18:24

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