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  • liam
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    Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
    Thanks! It would not accept my 9MB PDF, but I did upload a .ppt -> .pdf slideshow. Very smooth experience. Only many letters/numbers are garbled. SoMEtHiNg LIke ThIS. Looks promising though.

    I can see the benefits of reinventing the wheel just to be able to do this in a browser without plugins. I can see the benefit, it's a shame they have to do it all over again while we have great library's like popper already.
    I opened a 110MB pdf (an NIST realtime linux paper). Pretty slow, but displays properly. Text search didn't work, however.
    Using FF18 with pdf.js plugin.
    I was also compiling a kernel.
    Using FF nightly while also compiling a kernel resulted in MUCH faster rendering times for the same pdf, but still text search didn't work.

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  • Awesomeness
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    Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
    Thanks! It would not accept my 9MB PDF, but I did upload a .ppt -> .pdf slideshow. Very smooth experience. Only many letters/numbers are garbled. SoMEtHiNg LIke ThIS. Looks promising though.
    Yeah, I have similar experiences with the handful of PDFs I tried.

    Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
    I can see the benefits of reinventing the wheel just to be able to do this in a browser without plugins. I can see the benefit, it's a shame they have to do it all over again while we have great library's like popper already.
    Well, Mozilla does not accept pure copyleft code (in Poppler's case GPL-only). The JavaScript approach also has the benefit that it should work everywhere without porting anything. Just a decent browser engine has to be present to get a PDF viewer on platforms that didn't have one.

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  • archibald
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    Originally posted by locovaca View Post
    No, I actually won't share the link to my W-2. It's a rather personal financial document.
    I don't think you were being asked to share your details. I read the comment as assuming that the W2 to which you were referring was a publicly available document, and effectively just asking for that link.

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  • DeepDayze
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    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    If you are using Linux then Evince is great.
    If you are using Windows then Sumatra PDF is great.
    Or on Linux and using the KDE desktop Okular does a reasonable job as well if all you want is to scan through a PDF

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  • uid313
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    Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
    I think Mozilla mainly intends this viewer to be a previewer, to handle the 99% of cases where someone just wants to quickly browse through a PDF and then forget it. If you want advanced functionality, forms, etc. then i think they would still recommend sticking with Adobe's PDF viewer, or whatever plugin you are currently using.
    If you are using Linux then Evince is great.
    If you are using Windows then Sumatra PDF is great.

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  • locovaca
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    Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
    Can you share the link so we can see the problem too?

    I think Mozilla mainly intends this viewer to be a previewer, to handle the 99% of cases where someone just wants to quickly browse through a PDF and then forget it. If you want advanced functionality, forms, etc. then i think they would still recommend sticking with Adobe's PDF viewer, or whatever plugin you are currently using.
    No, I actually won't share the link to my W-2. It's a rather personal financial document. It is not a "form" in that it has data input, however.

    Here's a sample of a different doc, it doesn't peg my CPU, but Firefox' memory usage shoots up about 300 megabytes to render and scroll the form.

    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw2.pdf

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  • smitty3268
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    Originally posted by locovaca View Post
    First PDF I loaded was a fairly simply W2 (US tax document). 1 Page, standard text inside of boxes, and Firefox pegged a core the entire time it was open. Yet another point in Chrome's favor, which rendered the document perfectly.
    Can you share the link so we can see the problem too?

    I think Mozilla mainly intends this viewer to be a previewer, to handle the 99% of cases where someone just wants to quickly browse through a PDF and then forget it. If you want advanced functionality, forms, etc. then i think they would still recommend sticking with Adobe's PDF viewer, or whatever plugin you are currently using.

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  • tancrackers
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    Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
    Anyone capable of sharing quick first impressions about the PDF viewer in FF 19? Will it be able to smoothly open my ~900 page electronic edition of my book complete with pictures? Is it capable of text search? Full screen? Auto resize? Select and copy? Can it handle forms?
    I just tested out the Obamacare document. The firefox plugin does a good job. However, it's not as good as the Chrome plugin imo.

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  • locovaca
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    First PDF I loaded was a fairly simply W2 (US tax document). 1 Page, standard text inside of boxes, and Firefox pegged a core the entire time it was open. Yet another point in Chrome's favor, which rendered the document perfectly.

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  • uid313
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    Release notes

    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo.../releasenotes/

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