Posts Tagged ‘pdf’

Mozilla may bring Pepper Flash to Firefox

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

With the end of support for NPAPI plug-ins, many browsers will be exploring alternative avenues for continuing support for popular formats such as Flash and PDF.

Browser plugins are fading into obscurity, at least when it comes to those using the ancient NPAPI interface for integration with browsers. All major browser companies and organizations announced the end of support for NPAPI plugins. While some block plugins already (Chrome), others will do so in the near future (Firefox) or shipped without support for plugins out of the box (Edge).


Remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer Printer

Friday, May 20th, 2016

In the course of an average work day, I run across dozens of PDF documents … but outside of the stuff that I download from the Microsoft web site, I’ve yet to see an actual XPS document anywhere.

Microsoft XPS Document Writer is a printer that is installed on all recent versions of the Microsoft operating system by default. The printer enables you to create XPS documents that use the .xps file extension. The XPS format was created by Microsoft a long time ago as an alternative to Adobe’s popular PDF format but never managed to establish itself as an alternative. It supports many of the features that makes the PDF format popular including a fixed layout, support for digital signatures and also DRM.


Don’t Open Local PDFs in Edge; You will Lose All Tabs

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Apparently, the Microsoft’s new Edge browser still has a few bugs that need to be worked out.

For some time now I have experienced a strange issue when using Microsoft’s Edge web browser on a Windows 10 machine. The browser, configured to reload all tabs from the last browsing session on start, would lose all open tabs occasionally. I first thought that this was my doing, that I somehow, without realizing it, hit the wrong button or something which made Edge forget about the previous browsing session, but after being very careful about it, I was sure that this was not my doing.


You can Print to PDF Natively in Windows 10

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The only surprise here is that it took Microsoft so long to include this capability …

Microsoft added a couple of smaller changes to its Windows 10 operating system that I really like, for instance the highlighting of the first result when you search. Another feature is the ability to print to PDF natively which you can do from any program or application that supports printing.


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.


How to Reset Custom pdf Configurations in Firefox

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Just in case you don’t want the Firefox PDF reader to remember your settings from previous sessions …

If you are using Firefox’s built-in pdf reader pdf.js, you may have noticed that the application remembers custom settings of each pdf document that you have opened in it. While there are no controls to change default settings for all future documents, for instance by changing the default zoom mode, it is possible to define custom settings for pdf files individually using the reader.


Why does Google Chrome Open Downloaded PDFs in the Browser?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Interesting question. I’ve been wondering the same thing myself …

If you are using the Google Chrome web browser for most of your web browsing and working, and use pdf documents from time to time, you may be in a for a change in regards to that which will launch in the coming months. When you download a pdf file to your local system now and double-click the downloaded document afterwards, it opens in the default pdf reader on your system.


Fix Google Chrome: Adobe Reader is not Allowed when Loading PDF Documents

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I haven’t run into this problem myself, yet … but if it happens to you, here’s what to do …

If you are running the Google Chrome Canary web browser you may have stumbled upon a new inconvenience in the browser when you are trying to load pdf documents in it. Instead of displaying the contents of the document inline — that is in the browser’s tab — you are presented with the information that “Adobe Reader is not allowed”.


Adobe Reader Vulnerability: What You Need to Do to Stay Safe

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Whoops … it looks like Adobe Reader has another security problem …

We had a lively discussion on Google Plus yesterday about the latest Adobe Reader vulnerability. The vulnerability affects all recent versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat including the latest release versions. At the time of writing, there is no update available that you can install to protect yourself, your data and your computer from the vulnerability.


Download Product Manuals from Amazon

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Here’s a useful resource; both for those who are shopping and for those who have already bought …

The Internet is a great place to find product related information, instructions, tutorials and even full scanned manuals which are usually provided in pdf format. What many Internet users may not know is that one of the world’s largest online shopping sites hosts thousands upon thousands of manuals and guides on its servers. I’m talking about Amazon, and the main reason you may not have heard about that is that you can’t really access those manuals directly when you are browsing the Amazon store or using the store’s search to find products you are interested in.