Has safari been updated recently?
an Interactive container field is actually a special kind of web viewer and your mac uses a Safari based "web kit" to display the PDF files interactively.
Thanks PhilModJunk I use Mountain Lion and just checked again for updates and all apps are up to date.
Double clicking a PDF opens it in Adobe Reader or Preview?
Change it to the other one, test.
Right click and Open With is available, Get Info and Select the app and click the change all button.
Restart and change it back, test.
Dear DavidAnders I very much appreciate your kindness. All my pdfs open in Adobe Reader X after double clicking. I changed all to the Apple Preview app and tested but Filemaker container pdfs remained non interactive and invisible unless formatted for jpg in inspector. I then restarted and tried again…nothing. I then changed all apps back to adobe (as I understood your post) but still nothing. So I rebooted again while pdfs in adobe…but nothing.
I'm feeling pretty stuck so any other thoughts you can offer are most welcome. I can do a workaround by zooming in on entire page, making container images large enough to analyze but it makes everything huge and I would rather have the capability of making the image large and keeping fields correct size.
This post resembles a recent report over in Report an Issue. There's no resolution just yet, but you might take a look at the thread and if it matches your situation, you might subscribe to it or post your own "me too" comment so that you can stay informed to what the TS personnel work out as either a solution or a work around.
Thanks to DavidAnders and PhilModJunk
I found a solution...I decided that the problem might be in my Safari browser since it clearly wasn't with the pdfs. I when I looked under Safari Help - installed plug-ins there were none listed. (go figure). So I went to Safari preferences,- security and discovered that the "Allow plug-ins" box was NOT checked (I don't remember unchecking but must have at some point in an effort to protect privacy or something). When I rechecked the box to allow plug-ins, they all appeared in the Help drop down "installed plug ins"
I restarted my computer and voila…my blessed interactive pdf's appeared once again with the ability to scroll up and down. So pleased! I feel foolish now but glad to have figured it out
So thanks for all your help…the clue was the safari webkit…. Perhaps this will help some other hapless soul.