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By the way, is the Firefox PDF reader good yet? Is there any reason at all to use it?
The built-in pdf reader (pdf.js) is pretty darn good, actually. I've never had a problem in the latest iterations rendering math-symbol-heavy documents. (Maybe graphics-heavy documents are another story?) A lot of people don't want to even install acroread on their systems so the only option to get inline pdf viewing in Firefox is via pdf.js. (Well there *were* other options of embedding e.g. Okular in Firefox but I don't know if they still exist and they're nasty anyway.) It is a bit resource-heavy, for sure, but still worth using if you have a modern-ish PC where you won't notice it.
I imagine Shumway will never really be usable compared to the outdated linux flash plugin provided by Adobe. That's ok though, because hopefully by the time Shumway catches up, we won't even need flash players!
Well there *were* other options of embedding e.g. Okular in Firefox but I don't know if they still exist and they're nasty anyway.
The Okular plugin hasn't gone anywhere and IMO is still much better then pdf.js, especially for large files (tens/hundreds of pages or with images). It renders new pages significantly faster, and seems to be better at caching them if I want to go back to a page I already looked at.
While pdf.js has got a lot better since I first tried it (I still try it once in a while to see how it's doing) it still can't beat a proper document viewer written in a sensible language.
Reason people install Flash is to watch porn, not to watch ads.
So porn is the only thing that is keeping Flash alive.
A lot of sites use HTML 5 so Flash is no longer needed for porn Ipads Ipods Iphones all use html 5 only but google lied about making youtube HTML 5 only or just got really lazy on it or its just about the ad's who knows