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Google to integrate PDF reader with Chrome browser

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jun 2010 1:32 User comments (3)

Google to integrate PDF reader with Chrome browser Google Inc. is integrating a PDF reader with its Chrome browser. The move comes not long after the company revealed it would do the same for the Adobe Flash player, showing growing support from the search giant for Adobe's products.
The company rolled out developer builds of its browser for Windows and Mac that include a PDF reader on Friday. "As we’ve previously mentioned, the traditional browser plug-in model, though powerful, presents challenges in compatibility, performance, and security. To overcome this, we’ve been working with the web community to help define a next generation browser plug-in API," Google engineering director Marc Pawlige said.

"We have begun using this API to improve the experience of viewing and interacting with PDF files in Google Chrome. This mirrors our efforts to optimize the Adobe Flash Player experience in Chrome."

The PDF viewer will not be on by default, and has to be activated by visiting "chrome://plugins", but Google will eventually change the default settings to have the PDF reader active.

While admitting the PDF rendering process needs some improving, Google claims that PDF files will render as seamlessly as HTML pages soon, and that basic interactions will be no different than the same interactions with web pages.

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3 user comments

121.6.2010 8:28

Does it support related functions? Such as editing PDF?

221.6.2010 12:58

Originally posted by angelayu:
Does it support related functions? Such as editing PDF?
I don't think even the Adobe Reader application does? I think just Adobe Acrobat does? But it looks like it will support more than the standard browser plug-in and will be geared toward better rendering and stability so that's always welcome I guess.

321.6.2010 15:03

Ugh! Are we gonna have to see news articles for EVERY FEATURE added to Chrome???

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