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Windows 7: Mozilla wants Firefox to render PDFs with HTML5, JavaScript

18 Jun 2011   #11
Buddahfan

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I would be happy if it could convert the *.pdf file to *.txt file. Making annotations and editing will probably be beyond its scope of ability at least initially.


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19 Jun 2011   #12
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Schroff87 View Post
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Chrome already has its own PDF reader built in. Works well and is much faster.
Didn't know that one! Google really made it to work out of the box with minimum fuss then! I still love my addons for FF Hope to see this feature implemented soon in an Aurora build.
Yes they have had it for some time now and as I said works well. You can also open PDF files on you HDD see attachment.

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19 Jun 2011   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Buddahfan View Post
I would be happy if it could convert the *.pdf file to *.txt file. Making annotations and editing will probably be beyond its scope of ability at least initially.
Yep.

PDF readers are a dime a dozen - but free and easy editable .PDFs would be much more useful.
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05 Jul 2011   #14
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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Mozilla's pdf.js version 0.2: sample PDF now renders in HTML5, JavaScript

Mozilla's pdf.js project has reached its first milestone: a "pixel-perfect rendering" of a sample PDF (a paper on Mozilla's Tracemonkey JavaScript engine). Well, perfect in one specific browser and OS combination.
The pdf.js project currently produces different results depending on the browser and OS you are using. If you're running a Firefox nightly on a Windows 7 machine, where the browser can use Direct2D and DirectWrite, the result is perfection (assuming you ignore a bug in DirectWrite's font hinting). The paper isn't rendered so well on other platforms, nor on older versions Firefox. It's even worse in other browsers.
Nevertheless, some serious progress has been made, considering that the sample file contains formatted text, graphics, tables, and graphical diagrams. As a result, the project has been bumped to version 0.2.
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05 Jul 2011   #15
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Here is a nice demo. After it is open move your cursor to the left margin and the page list will appear.

andreasgal/pdf.js @ GitHub

This demo has a toolbar. I used the Open File to open some other PDF's on my system but its not ready for prime time. Parts of the other PDF's rendered but had lots of blank pages.

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06 Jul 2011   #16
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Interesting. I'll be keeping an eye open on this. Whether we will also need to install either Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader (or some other equivalent program) to view files already saved on the HDD remains to be seen, as it will depend on the scope of this proposed new add-on. In other words, will it decode locally stored files as well as those that are on-line?
Doesn't seem like it, at least not initially. However, ISTM that if the pdf file on the Net shows up in a Firefox browser tab then you might be able to save that tab with the pdf file as a Firefox page which could later be opened and read by Firefox. This can be done now with saved URLs. However, I have my doubts as to whether these saved Firefox pages could be read by Adobe, Foxit, Nitro etc. unless they modify their programs to do so. JMO

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PDF.js/Planning/1.0

Objectives

The focus of PDF.js 1.0 is to build an extension able to render a PDF using only JavaScript and HTML features accessible through a webpage.
If some features that can be useful for the web in general are missing on the platform side they can be added to the platform.
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11 Jul 2011   #17
mjm6783

XP Professional, 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Buddahfan View Post
I would be happy if it could convert the *.pdf file to *.txt file. Making annotations and editing will probably be beyond its scope of ability at least initially.
Are you referring to OCR functions like the one in Acrobat that tries to convert the visual image into functional text? Because I would gladly switch to any browser that implemented that feature. Do we know yet if this Win8 "Modern Reader" will have something similar as well?
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