Gmail Adds Its Own PDF Viewer

December 13, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Gmail has just added a its own viewer that lets you view PDFs in your Web browser (with a catch see below). It may not have all the bells and whistles of Adobe Acrobat but the big deal is it’s blazing fast, and it does includes a search function, and lets you download or print the PDF if you really need to.

So now if you’re the recipient of a PDF, you’ll get a “View” link along with the previously existing “Download” link. When clicked, the “View” link opens up a new tab, which promptly loads the PDF in Google Docs, without opening up any desktop software (ie Adobe Reader). Other features of the viewer include options to zoom in and out, as well as quick paging via next/previous arrows. However before you try it out yourself you need to know the new PDF viewer doesn’t seem to work in Firefox, but works just fine in Chrome. Funny how it worked out that way. Is this the begining of a pattern of Google not playing nice with Mozilla, check out this story here.


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