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How do I install the Adobe Reader software on Safari for Mac?

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Adobe Reader is a free piece of software and browser plug-in that is used for viewing specially formatted documents. Find out here how to install the Adobe Reader software and plug-in on Safari for Mac.

Not your web browser? Go back to the Adobe Reader plug-in page to select your browser.

WebWise Team | 9th September 2010

Read through the steps below and then click the 'Download' button on the last page to get your free plug-in.

1. Introduction

Click the 'Get Adobe Reader' button.

Reader download step 1 –  Introduction

2. Click 'Download'

Click the 'Download' button to continue.

Reader download step 2 – Click Download

3. The program downloads

You should now see the program downloading to your computer. This may take a few minutes.

Reader download step 3 – The program downloads

4. Continue

A dialog box will appear informing you that this package contains a program that determines if the software can be installed.

Click 'Continue' to proceed.

Reader download step 4 – Continue

5. The Reader Installer

The Reader installer will now open.

Click 'Continue'.

Reader download step 5 – The Reader Installer

6. Select a destination

Select a destination volume to install the Reader software.

If you are unsure, just click 'Continue'.

Reader download step 6 – Select a Destination

7. Begin installing

Click 'Install' to begin installing Reader.

Reader download step 7 – Begin Installing

8. Authenticate

You may be asked to enter the username and password for your Mac to install Reader. Enter your details and click 'OK'.

Reader download step 8 – Authenticate

9. Install

Reader will now finishing installing.

Click 'Done'.

Reader step 9 –  Install

10. Reader is complete

Reader has been successfully installed.

Reader step 10 –  Reader is complete



Certain services offered on the BBC website such as audio, video, animations and games require specific additional third party software (called 'plug-ins'). You may have such software already loaded onto your computer. If you do not then, should you wish to use these BBC services, you will need to licence and download such software from a third party software company.

We will direct you to the relevant pages of the software company website. The website will give a set of instructions that you will need to follow in order to download the plug-in. In particular you will be asked by the software company to agree to its terms and conditions of licence. Any such agreement is between you and the software company and the BBC does not accept any liability in relation either to the download or to the use of the plug-in.

The BBC does not use any plug-in that is not available FREE OF CHARGE. However most software companies will also offer versions of their plug-ins that require payment. We will always try to direct you to the free download pages of the software company site. You may of course choose to licence paid-for software from the third party. However if you only want to download the free plug-in you should not be asked for, nor give, any credit card or other payment details.

Finally, it is likely that you will be asked to enter personal details (name, address etc.) as part of the download process. If you do enter such information then it will be held by the software company subject to the Data Protection Act and other relevant privacy legislation. The company should therefore inform you what it intends to do with your data, and may direct you to its Privacy Policy. Please note that you will be submitting the data to the third party software company and not to the BBC and so the use of the data will NOT be covered by the BBC Privacy Policy.

Although the BBC uses third party plug-ins in order to provide the best possible web service, it does not endorse any third party software. If you choose to enter into an agreement with the third party and download the plug-in you do so at you own risk.

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