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There is version 2.0 of the tremendously nice and useful PDF Browser plugin. It's probably one of the best utilites I know, given that viewing PDFs of papers is one of my favourite pastimes these days. It has many new features and thankfully is still free for private/education use.
While I am not really keen on it having a toolbar now, the ability to view two bits of a document at once thanks to a 'split bar', support for table of contents and even the visual indication of links – something even Preview doesn't do – make it worth the upgrade. Scrolling seems a bit slower than before, though. At least on my computer it's a bit too slow for my taste.
The only thing I still miss is the find feature of Preview, I guess. Since it's addition to Preview I have been using it constantly. It is so much more efficient than traditional find features – sometimes even more efficient than looking things up in the index or table of contents. I wonder how people ever did without this. I feel seriously crippled when having to use Acrobat now…
P.S. While I think that both PDF Browser Plugin and Apple's PDF handling are great programs, I still think Apple should be embarrassed about not providing PDF support in Safari out of the box.
Whatever do you mean? Safari and Firefox open PDFs right inside the browser, no questions asked. Even tagged PDF 1.6s.
Safari and Firefox open PDFs right inside the browser
They do? This is news to me and I just tried it on my TiBook running Panther (10.3.2) to make sure, it failed. Is there a special way of doing this?
By the way, I like the PDF browser plugin but since the new update to Preview I’m finding it hard to justify. My major gripe with Preview in Jaguar was the slow-slow speed, where the ATS_Server would gobble up CPU cycles. Panther’s PDF handling is amazing, a real leap -with the find function and other little touches I’m glad I never have to go back to Acrobat, except to concatenate PDF files.
The Quicktime plugin can be configured to handle PDFs in the browser, but it only allows you to see the first page of a multi-page PDF file, which means it’s fairly useless for the purpose.
just out of curiosity, will you ever develop a pdf plugin that would work in itunes so instead of opening in preview, the book stays in itunes?
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