Sharepoint Foundation and PDFs
Posted on 2013-01-17
I have asked similar questions but could never get a good, definitive answer so I'm hoping if I am really clear and concise, I can get one. This has been a real nightmare for me. Thanks in advance.
Externally facing Sharepoint Foundation 2010 SP1, with psconfig rerun after SP1 upgrade. That all seems to be working fine
Heavy use of pdfs in doc libraries, where checkin checkout and versioning are needed and are set
Note, I have uninstalled ie9 and it reverted to ie8, all problems still identical
1) Doesn't allow editing from either the ribbon or the right side item dropdown for pdf files. IE8 doesn't even allow this for word docs in the ribbon while Firefox does (strange), but IE lets you select "edit word doc" in the item drop down as does Firefox. So there's a bug.
2) Users can directly click on the pdf doc and it prompts for save but does not say anything about checking out. So I have to first save the document locally, then make edits, and then use Acrobat X save online feature and it uploads it back up overwrites the file and shows as a new version in version control with the changes reflected. How did it completely circumvent the entire required checkout process that I have set for this library? It used to tell people that they are going to check out the file as well as edit, now it magically stopped doing that and goes right into the download process.
Something is really whacky about this whole setup. I believe I installed the Adobe IFilter correctly because the icon shows up and pdfs can be successfully searched.
Is there one standard recommended way of handling this Microsoft mess when it comes to pdfs and checkout not being enforced for any docs?? What is the recommended browser to use? What is the recommended way for someone to be forced to check the file out before editing and why is that not working when I have enabled the checkout requirement? What is the recommended way to publish back up to Sharepoint and checkin? As mentioned above, I've been using Acrobat X save to online feature, but this seems like some sort of backdoor hack that merely overwrites the file.