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

  • Where is the "Share" button?
    – Bravax
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 19:33
  • @Bravax: Sorry. It's the Open In button. I've put up a screenshot.
    – Chealion
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 19:57
  • Thanks, I'm not seeing that on my iPad for some reason.
    – Bravax
    Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 8:39
  • @Bravax: Do you have iBooks installed?
    – Chealion
    Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 18:24

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