Google adds PDF viewer to Chrome beta

Google adds PDF viewer to Chrome beta

Summary: Google has integrated a PDF viewer into the beta version of its browser Google Chrome.

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Google has integrated a PDF viewer into the beta version of its browser Google Chrome. Previously, an integrated PDF viewer was available only in Chromium, the developer version of the browser.

The viewer, introduced on Thursday, makes it possible to view PDF documents within the browser as HTML web pages. It does this through the use of an open-source next-generation API, named Pepper. This means that when opening PDFs, the browser does not need to open a dedicated PDF viewer program such as Adobe Reader, according to Google.

Adobe's PDF software is regularly patched for security flaws to help protect individuals "from malware and security attacks that are targeted at PDF files" Google software engineer John Abd-El-Malek said in a blog post that Google has put a "sandbox" around the Chrome PDF viewer.

For more on this story, read PDF viewer integrated into Google Chrome beta on ZDNet UK.

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  • RE: Google adds PDF viewer to Chrome beta

    PDF documents viewed in HTML don't look very good, especially if they have embedded objects such as pictures. Plus, if you are using a different viewer other than Adobe Reader you probably want an option to keep using it. There is nothing more frustrating than opening a PDF and it goes straight to an HTML page. I really hope they let us choose by letting us specify this in the Options menu.
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Google adds PDF viewer to Chrome beta

      @statuskwo5 Really? I've never had a problem with it. Probably because I only typically receive simple PDFs (brochures, etc.) not feature-rich ones.
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