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Google Chrome Adds Native PDF Viewer
Category : General 21 Jun 2010 09:14 AM | Industry News
Up until now, Google has relied on the traditional browser plug-in model for PDF support in Chrome, but there are some downsides to going this route. Most notably, this path opens users up to compatibility, performance, and security problems, Google says, so the search titan has decided to take a different approach.
Google said that Linux support is on the way. In the meantime, users who enable PDF integration will see PDF files rendered seamlessly as HTML pages, the search giant said. Basic interactions will be the same as for Web pages, like zooming and searching, and PDF functionality will be contained withing the security sandbox Chrome uses to render regular HTML pages.
Despite the early promise, however, Google warns that its integrated PDF reader does not yet support all of the advanced features found in Adobe Reader, and adds that rendering quality is "a work in progress".
Chrome's native PDF functionality will eventually be made available via a wider beta release, prior to a final stable release.
Users will automatically receive the latest version of Chrome’s PDF support; they won’t have to worry about manually updating any plug-ins or programs.
Currently, we do not support 100% of the advanced PDF features found in Adobe Reader, such as certain types of embedded media. However, for those users who rely on advanced features, we plan to give them the ability to launch Adobe Reader separately.
TAGS : Google, Chrome, PDF, Adobe.