Firefox 14 nightly adds new fancy default HTML5-based PDF viewer
Mozilla Firefox has started the year 2012 with a new features-based attitude, continuing to bring exciting tools, as well as new themes, such as Australis that is to hit Firefox in the next months.
Firefox 14 nightly build (the regular build, not a custom release) have just received a gorgeous add-on, PDF.js, installed by default.
PDF.js is a fancy PDF viewer that uses HTML5 technologies to read/open PDF files directly in the browser, both local and online files.
Although this is its first default implementation, the look is impressive displaying a "full" toolbar with numerous options/actions, thus delivering a proper reading experience with zero compromises.
The eyecandy element is a first-class citizen, PDF.js comes with an on-demand "launcher"/panel, located on the left-side, hidden by default and in usable mode (viewable) when the mouse pointer is hovered over its location (hitting the left-side of the screen).
How do we use PDF.js?
- locally, no Internet connection is required (navigate to
Firefox-->File-->Open File-->selectand read a PDF file)
- online (navigate to various web-sites and click links that contain PDF files: Firefox opens the PDF file with the toolbar's option to download the item with the possibility to later open and read the downloaded item via the local method)
- Firefox 21 released with new providers, undo capabilities for New Tab Page and new features
- Firefox Nightly received fancy developer-aimed network monitor
- Firefox Nightly UX received fancy visual additions
- Firefox 20 released with fancy Download Manager and enhanced private-browsing mode
- Australis demoed with sub-view support