Apple Mac and Linux Support


Apple Mac and Linux Users

A native mode Mac OSX version of our Javelin secure PDF reader is available for free download - PDFs work brilliantly and look beautiful in this version of Javelin. The screenshot below provides a sample PDF displayed within the Javelin for Mac reader, with the Outline tab area displayed. As can be seen, this version of the reader is based on the standard Apple Mac PDF reader software "Preview". The main difference is that when a DRMX or DRMZ file is opened it will ask for an authorization code before the secured PDF is displayed (on the first occasion). For a video demo of Javelin for Mac please see the demos page. Once Javelin has been installed on a Mac the drmx and drmz files are recognized as being Javelin files and can be opened by double-clicking these or by using the Javelin File menu, Recently opened files option

There are currently three versions of Javelin for Mac: (1) for old Mac OS 10.6 systems, (2) for most Mac systems (OSX 10.7-10.11) and (3) a version specifically for OSX 10.12/Sierra - note: with OSX 10.12.4 Apple introduced a bug which results in highlighting being lost - we are awaiting their fix!. The main version (2) is for all the more recent versions of OSX (excluding Sierra) and is available as a downloadable DMG file from this websitehere, or direct from the Mac APP Store facility (Free to download and install). This latest versions include a number of enhancements: improved performance, even when searching very large documents; simplified on-screen intelligent watermarking for secured PDFs (more in line with Javelin on other platforms); auto-rotation of pages when printing documents in mixed portrait and landscape page views; improved built-in downloading functionality. This version of Javelin is called JavelinM (Apple require the app name to be different from the iPAD/iPhone version, which is simply Javelin). For OSX 10.6 please use the previous version, obtained from theJavelin downloadspage on this website, where you will also find the download file for the new version

To use the Mac reader open it on your Mac OSX system. Drag the Javelin file icon to your desktop or wherever you want to keep it, and double-click it to run. The Javelin Mac OSX User Guide in PDF format can now be downloaded. In addition to the standard facilities for security and PDF reading, the app includes advanced features such as markup (highighting, strikeout, underlining plus graphic markup), plus bookmarks and text annotation (notes).

Sample Javelin for Mac OSX screenshot

Apple Mac and Linux users can use Drumlin and associated software tools (notably our AdminApp program) with the help of virtualisation software or dual-boot solutions (such Apple's Bootcamp) that allow Windows to be used on Apple or other hardware. The Parallels Desktop virtualization software works well and is the option we now recommend.

As Apple state: "Boot Camp comes with every new Mac, and it lets you run Windows natively - as if your Mac were a PC. If you want to run Mac OS X and Windows side by side, you can purchase Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion. Install one of these applications, along with the Windows Installation CDs, and you can run the occasional Windows program right next to your Mac applications, without having to restart." source: Apple Corp website

Drumlin provides a program startup shortcut "Drumlin Reader (for Mac users)" that enables Mac users running Windows support software to run Drumlin. This shortcut simply runs the standard Drumlin program with the command line argument "-mac". To use this simply drag the shortcut to your Desktop and use it in preference to the standard Drumlin shortcut. If you have installed earlier versions of Drumlin and are now installing the current release, you will need to delete your old Languages files (in \Drumlin Reader\Languages ) and the installation process will place new files in this location for you.

Users have reported that Drumlin successfully works with:

Apple (Intel Macs):

Apple (PowerPC G3-G5 models):

Linux platforms (such as Ubuntu):