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FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

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FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Just updated to FF 19 and on clicking on a PDF found that the browser opens it in a tab rather than launching my default doc viewer app.
Found this (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/20/mozilla_pdf_view_html5_javascript/) which explains it.

I am posting in CC as it is a cross platform update and not limited to Linux (or M$).
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Razer
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Oh, interesting. Thanks for the notice. I updated earlier today and had no idea. I kind of like it in the most basic sense, but it doesn't appear to have the ability to grab and move the page yourself, like most PDF viewers do. You just have to scroll or use the page numbers. I guess I'll have to get used to it. I suppose also it means I can uninstall Foxit; I don't like the way that's going anyway, so am happy about that.
VileReynard
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

I'd like to disable it.
I can understand that those with Adobe bloatware might like it.
Linux has a builtin small quick PDF viewer which is much better.

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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Depends on what you want to do with it, for most of the online stuff evince is ott, as long as the embeded one can save it then it is fine, and you can open it later with evince/doc viewer/adobe/foxit/why.
Razer
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

What I'd like to see next is a built in replacement for flash. I'm sick of updating it, especially when it's supposed to be defunct (something about Adobe supposedly not working on it any more, yet they keep updating it Huh), and anyway, it's Adobe, so I would like to be rid of the bloat that Adobe always is. There is also the fact that despite this supposedly marvellous thing that is video support with HTML5, every site I encounter video on requires flash to be installed.
VileReynard
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

I want my pdf's in seperate window(s) - not maximised.
I usually run FF in maximised window(s) - no tabs at all.
Sometimes I want to zoom into areas of a PDF page.

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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Thanks - Firefox is just updating and the first thing I am going to do is disable it
VileReynard
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Change Applications entry to read:-

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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Thanks HB for that.  I hadn't noticed it.
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

OS X has had a built in pdf viewer since around 10.2 with no need for plugins.
i'll stick with that as it's very good.
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Thanks Evilfox that fixed it  Grin
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Quote from: vilefoxdemonofdoom
Change Applications entry to read:-

Or edit about:config:-
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

You need to do both as the about:config option is only half there
You still need the second step to get it to open in a browser window
VileReynard
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

I didn't do the about:config thing and it still works properly (like it used to).

Waldo
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Re: FF 19 now includes a PDF viewer

Quote from: Oldjim
You need to do both as the about:config option is only half there

For those who don't want to view PDFs in Firefox setting pdfjs.disabled to true effectively forces FF 19 to behave as previous versions did.
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You still need the second step to get it to open in a browser window

The first step should remove the option to open in a browser window; in my case Preferences for PDFs reverted to default of opening in Evince.