Still doesn't work with 12.0v3 :-(
This would have been a similar case in previous versions too.
On a Mac a PDF in a container field set up to display as an image has always (for many versions) displayed the first page of a PDF.
It also does this in Mail.app. This is native behaviour and due to limitations on a windows machine. A default Mac install has a PDF viewer but Windows users always had to download a PDF viewer app or plugin.
If you want the images to display consistently between platforms you might consider displaying them in a webviewer. This will allow an installed Acrobat plugin to display the image.
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You can also use the 'file:/' protocol to show the container contents which should give you the icon and name in both platforms.
Yes that difference never really bothered me, what I don't like here is the distortion in the case where you insert it as a pdf (to be able to view it straight from a layout) from a PC, and that you get that distorted picture on a mac instead of either an icon or a picture that keeps the proportion.
I have thought about the webviewer as well, but as FM12 gave us the interactive content option, so why not use it?
but it this case , I don't think I can actually use it as interactive content anymore...
thanks anyway for all your answers
I don't want to get too far off topic here (which means that's where I'm headed), but I've been trying unsuccessfully to get a PDF to display in a web viewer on my iPad. The PDF document is on the iPad (not off on a server somewhere), in the same folder with my FileMaker Go files. I have the full path, including the file name, but nothing shows in the web viewer—although it works fine on my desktop machine (using the path to my documents folder). Is there something different I need to do in the iOS?