I've experienced the same but it was only solved by completely uninstalling adobe reader and relying on preview for PDF viewing.
Is there a reason for the preference for adobe reader?
Thanks for your input. I can certainly try that to see if resolves my issue. However, having Adobe Reader is useful for other things unrelated to Filemaker. I don't have a preference for Adobe Reader opening PDFs. But whether it is set as the default or not doesn't affect Filemaker not displaying the PDFs correctly. Perhaps I can live without Adobe Reader. But I'm curious if others have solved it without completely removing Adobe Reader.
Dont use preview, it is not a standards compliant PDF renderer, that's why.
As a followup to your suggestion, I uninstalled Adobe Reader 11, but the problem continues. I also restarted, repaired permissions as well. All to no avail. The PDF container field stills displays all black when a PDF is inserted via the menu or drag-n-dropped into the field.
I know the PDF is there. I can Export Field Contents and get it. So I'm still stumped. Hopefully some one else will see this post and respond with something to try to get the PDF to display properly in the field.
So I finally found a solution... on the Adobe website! And that was talking about FM 12 and Mavericks, but it's the same issue.
I deleted two files: AdobePDFViewer.plugin and AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin
They are found here (on a Mac) /Library/Internet Plug-ins
Now life is good and PDFs are displaying in Filemaker 13 container fields formatted as Interactive.
Hope this helps someone else.