Posts Tagged ‘pdf reader’

How to Disable the Internal PDF Reader in Firefox and Chrome

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This is definitely useful (for some of us.) If you’re already running Adobe Acrobat, then there’s no reason to settle for a second-string substitute PDF reader.

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome ship with built-in pdf reader applications that will display documents in the browser when you click on them. While some may like that as it may be convenient for them, others may prefer to use a different program for that or download the files directly to their computer system to load it in a desktop program instead or have it there for safekeeping. It is possible to download pdf documents directly in both browsers or configure the browsers to use third-party plugins to handle pdfs.


Huge Memory Improvements Coming to Firefox 29’s pdf.js PDF Reader

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

This sounds like a step in the right direction, but I’ve yet to see a browser-based PDF reader that even comes close to Adobe Acrobat.

Mozilla launched Firefox’s native PDF reader in Firefox 19 to provide users of the browser with an alternative to plugin-based readers such as Adobe PDF Reader or Foxit Reader. The idea was to reduce the browser’s dependency on plugins, and the creation of a native PDF reader did just that for PDF related plugins.


Firefox 14 Gets Built-In PDF Reader PDF.js

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I sure hope that Firefox’s built-in PDF reader turns out better than Chrome’s built-in PDF reader; in my book, Chrome’s PDF reader leaves a bit to be desired when compared to Adobe Reader.

Browser plugins may soon become a dying form of adding functionality to web browsers. We are already seeing first signs of that, for instance with Chrome’s built-in pdf reader, or the drive towards HTML5 video and media in general. The biggest issue with plugins, besides compatibility, is security, and here the need to keep plugins up to date to avoid attacks that exploit known vulnerabilities that have already been fixed in the latest plugin versions.


How to Extract Images or Text from PDF Documents

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In most cases, it’s pretty easy to extract text from a PDF file … but when it comes to images, this looks much faster than using the Print Screen key and Photoshop …

PDF documents can contain all kinds of media besides text. You may encounter images for instance or forms in them among other elements. Depending on the pdf viewer, you may be able to save those elements separately or not at all.


Nitro PDF Reader 2 Final Released

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This sounds like an interesting-yet-basic alternative to Adobe Acrobat …

When it comes to pdf readers Windows users have lots of choices. From Adobe Reader over third party alternatives such as Sumatra or Foxit Reader to built-in pdf readers in browsers such as Google Chrome. When it comes to creating pdf documents, the choice shrinks significantly.


Sumatra 1.6 PDF Reader Released

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

If you’re looking for alternatives to Adobe Reader, here’s a freeware PDF reader that sounds kind of interesting …

PDF readers can be categorized in three groups. You got heavyweight applications like Adobe Reader that offer the best compatibility at the expense of performance, lightweight applications like Sumatra PDF reader that offer great performance but lack support for some of the advanced features of the pdf document format and online readers like the Google Docs Viewer.


Sumatra PDF Reader Updated – XPS File Support Added

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, you might want to check this out …

The popular lightweight pdf reader Sumatra has been updated by its developers recently. Version 1.5 of the application now supports XPS documents (XML Paper Specification) and can therefor act as an alternative to the built-in XPS Viewer of Windows Vista and Windows 7. XPS is in many regards comparable to Adobe’s PDF format; The format was initially developed by Microsoft but is now standardized as an open standard document format.


Windows 8 Modern Reader – A Built-In PDF Reader?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

It’s surprising that’s it’s taken them this long to incorporate a PDF reader into browsers and operating systems.

The Firefox web browser will be getting a built-in pdf reader, and so will Windows 8. A built-in pdf reader in Windows faces challenges that similar readers in browsers usually do not face. But lets look at the scarce assortment of facts before we dive into that argument.


Adobe Reader X Offline Installers

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

This sounds especially useful for those who need to distribute Adobe Reader with another product …

If you do not like Adobe’s Download Manager, or want to distribute Adobe Reader to computer systems without direct Internet connection, then you may want to use or even need the Adobe Reader offline installers to do so.


Adobe Reader X Download Available

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Does this mean that if there’s an Adobe Reader 35, they’ll call it XXXVIII ?

Adobe’s latest pdf reader Adobe Reader x has been released yesterday. Wait X? Why did Adobe move to Roman numerals? Maybe they have switched numerals to visualize the cut, or the beginning of a new era, for their product. Maybe it is just because they thing the X is cooler than the 10. Whatever the reason, it will be interesting to see how the following Adobe Reader releases will be named (Adobe Reader XI for 11 and Adobe Reader XIX for 19, do not sound right). Chance is Adobe will switch back to Adobe Reader 11 when the time comes.