Pdf files as applications and preview crash

hi everyone
some system glitches im trying to figure out:
I was following an apple guide on how to make FCP manuals (pdf) searchable by spotlight. It involved saving the manuals with Preview on the desktop ( those files are usually inside the FCP application) and storing them at a different location...somewhere in this prossess i guess they will be indexed by spotlight.
The problem is that when i tried this preview just frose and couldnt save the file..just the spinning beachball of doom.
not knowing if it would work (in regard to spotlight) I decided to try to do the same but using acrobat. so just to start me off i tried to get info on some other pdf. manuals installed with FC studio (motion manual etc.) and change the open with default to acrobat instead of preview. To my utter surprise this option was not available in the Info panel...and the reason (presumably) : The system classifies the files applications?! ...they still open in preview as pdf. files (and as before cant be saved to desktop). but the info panel says they are .app
how can this be rectified?
help needed
thanks

This change of behaviour is most annoying, and to my mind is further proof that the primary function of iTunes as a music player/organiser has been lost sight of in the welter of iPod/iPhone/iPad 'features'.
I find that I can still import PDF booklets into the main Music library, but they no longer merge with their related album as they used to when Album Title and Album Artist were set appropriately. What you need to do now if this is what you want to happen is Get Info on the PDF booklet after you import it, and change the Media Type to 'Music' in the Options tab (iTunes 9.2 sets this to 'Book' by default).
It's a nuisance to have to perform this additional step, but at least it brings back the previous behaviour.

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