I'm stumped by this problem with Apple Safari; perhaps you can help.
Here's the situation. I have a file that I make available for others to download. The file happens to be a Notes template but it could be any file with a non-standard extension.
The file is on a hosted web site at GoDaddy. I upload files there to make them available for download.
Here's an example:
On a PC, if you click on that link from IE, FireFox, Chrome, or Safari, the browser will prompt you to Open or save the file, like this:
On a Mac using the Apple Safari browser the experience is completely different. If you click on that same link in Safari the browser tries to open the file, which results in a screen full of garbage, like this:
It appears that Safari on the Mac is trying to open and display the file, which of course is not want I want.
Bruce Elgort, (creator of IdeaJam - there's my shameless plug) tried to help today by running the same tests in various browsers on his Mac and it worked in all but Apple Safari.
On a Mac, if you click on that link from FireFox, it works fine:
On a Mac, if you click on that link from Google's Chrome browser, it starts downloading immediately:
Any ideas on how I can get the Apple Safari browser to successfully download this file? I'd hate to have to tell Apple users they have to use a different browser or buy a PC. ;-)
Update: I don't think it should matter, but I do not actually give the user the direct URL. Instead, we have a button with some script behind it that redirects the user to the URL. I simply posted the direct URL above for testing purposes. This feels like either a mime-type issue or more likely a bug in Safari. Any help would be welcome.