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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3 Web Browsers
This hint is really just a link, but there have been several other hints dealing with PDF plug-ins for Mac browsers -- the Adobe plug-in only supports Safari) -- and this represents the first real solution for Firefox 3 I have seen.

There is now a Firefox extension named firefox-mac-pdf, available for Firefox 3 under OS 10.5 that utilizes the built-in PDF support in OS X to display PDFs in-browser. In my testing, it appears to work very well. It doesn't have the nifty fading bezel that the Safari PDF viewer does, but it supports all the same keyboard shortcuts and you get the standard Mac OS PDF contextual menu when you control-click on a displayed PDF.

[robg adds: This plug-in takes care of the only major complaint I had about Firefox; being able to view a PDF inline instead of opening it in Preview after downloading is a nice timesaver. I tested the plug-in this morning with about a dozen PDFs, and it worked great on all of them. The hint was submitted noting "Intel only," but the plug-in seems to work fine on my 12" PowerBook G4, too.]

[Updated 6/19: Removed 10.5-only restriction on hint.]
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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: metiure on Jun 18, '08 08:40:38AM

What's wrong with Schubert's PDF-plugin?



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: tatilsever on Jun 18, '08 08:51:03AM

It is not Universal, so it does not work on intel Macs. Besides, it is not free.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: gm80 on Jun 18, '08 08:53:44AM

Schubert's won't run on Intel Macs unless you run Firefox in Rosetta emulation as a PowerPC app. That's what's wrong with it.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: Cobalt Jacket on Jun 18, '08 09:12:00AM

I prefer to use the Acrobat plugin for Safari and Firefox. Keep in mind that Acrobat Reader is ass for most other circumstances as compared to Preview, but in this case I prefer Acrobat as the inline plugin offers more functionality.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: joey03 on Jun 18, '08 09:39:24AM
The Acrobat plugin is nice, but I find that it is very slow to load pages.

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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Jun 18, '08 08:15:41PM

Only one problem: The Acrobat plugin does not work in Firefox on the Mac. It is a Safari-only plugin.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: geppo1982 on Jun 18, '08 10:23:34AM

I've been searching for a solution to view PDFs directly in the browser for months and now it is here!! Thanks for this great hint!

Schubert's plug-in does not work on Intel Macs and Adobe's plug-in does not work with Firefox at all.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: arkman on Jun 18, '08 11:06:30AM

Does not work on my MB Pro and 10.5.3. The file still wants downloading and opens with Preview. Any suggestions?



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: Whistle Master on Jun 18, '08 11:16:15AM

Thank you soooo much for this hint !!! That was the only thing I was missing since Schubert-it stopped working on mac-intel !



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: balthisar on Jun 18, '08 01:06:09PM

YES! YES! YES! Finally! No more littered, disposable PDF's in my download folder. Finally, no external applications! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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--Jim (me)



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: billclinton on Jun 18, '08 01:52:18PM

I don't know why this is listed as "10.5 only." There is no such restriction listed on the download page and in fact, I just installed it on 10.4 (running on PPC--not Intel) for what that's worth.

Having said that, there are two problems. The initial zoom factor is _way_ high and there is no "Open in Preview" in the contextual menu. (Actually, my default PDF viewer is Skim [why isn't yours 8^] and the expected contextual menu item should say "Open in Skim.")



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View PDFs inline in Camino 2, too
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jun 18, '08 02:00:50PM

The actual NPAPI plug-in (pdfplugin.plugin) works in Camino trunk (2.0a1pre) builds, too. Just rename the .xpi file to .zip, unzip it, and put the pdfplugin.plugin from the "plugins" folder in (~)/Library/Internet Plug-ins on your Mac.

Some keyboard shortcuts (arrow keys/pgUp/Dn/home/end for navigation) don't work, but scrolling works, as do zoom in/out. Selection of text and copy work, also. It's certainly usable

Note the plug-in is *not* compatible with Camino 1.6.x (presumably it uses the new plug-in models introduced in Gecko 1.9) and breaks the existing "auto-download" of pdfs in Camino 1.6.x on Intel Macs.



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View PDFs inline in Camino 2, too
Authored by: i5m on Jun 18, '08 02:26:51PM

Thanks Uncle Asad. I was wondering how to do this (where to place the plugin - I'd figured out the unzipping). I hope you post this on the Camino forums!



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View PDFs inline in Camino 2, too
Authored by: zankty on Jan 05, '09 08:51:47AM
The plugin is available at http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf/.

Although is was only able to make it work with version 0.9.

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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: shenry318 on Jun 18, '08 05:57:59PM
This is wonderful! The "pinch" zoom even works on enabled trackpads!
But keyboard navigation is broken in version 0.9.6, apparently the owner is aware he broke this function in this version. Read the issues at
http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf/issues/list



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: BrentT on Jun 18, '08 06:13:35PM

If you select File>Save as... (or Command-S) the displayed pdf file will be saved at the location you specify. The file is already has a pdf extension file in the Save dialog. The saved files behave nicely in Adobe Reader, they even include chapter navigation if it was in the original pdf.



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: BrentT on Jun 18, '08 07:00:29PM

One more thing...

If you Control-Click while viewing an inline pdf file you have view options such as zooming, single or double page, and page up or down.
Also, if you double-click on a word to highlight it before Control-clicking you can look up the word in Google or in the Dictionary.



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Thank you, Google, once again!
Authored by: Westside guy on Jun 18, '08 07:41:05PM

This is great!! So much Mac goodness, right now, is coming out of Google 20% time projects. Thank you Google!!



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Thank you, Google, once again!
Authored by: owsla on Jun 19, '08 07:29:13AM
This isn't a Google project, it is simply posted on code.google.com, which is a Google-provided source code hosting website available to anyone (similar to SourceForge). The guy who did this is a junior at MIT: http://www.mit.edu/~sgross/

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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 18, '08 09:27:29PM

I hate to sound out of place from everyone else here, but I am one of the people who uses TinkerTool to make Safari always open pdfs with Preview. I just like Preview better, and half the time, when something is a pdf, I would like to potentially find it later anyway.



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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: tomem on Jun 19, '08 12:42:08PM

Doesn't work for me with MB Pro/Intel and 10.5.3. Still tried to download and open with Preview. What gives?

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TomEM
Crofton, MD



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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: tomem on Jun 19, '08 01:44:22PM

Whoops. It does work. I was testing with a site that forces a download...

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TomEM
Crofton, MD



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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: wfarkas on Jun 23, '08 04:08:48AM

Where can I go to learn about adding/removing/seeing which extensions are installed in my version of Firefox? I didn't find the info needed in Firefox online help.

I don't know if the link I clicked in your message ran a script to install the extension you mentioned (nothing seemed to happen).



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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: jbarley on Jun 24, '08 09:41:55AM
Just in case anyone is interested, this plugin also works well with Camino.
Check this link...
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=676995

jb.

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View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: sebastianlewis on Dec 30, '08 09:34:55AM

I've had this installed since I first saw this hint, and it's worked perfectly, it's had a few updates and the most recent one added support for PostScript files as well, although I haven't tested to see if this includes EPS files as well, I don't have any EPS files on hand and can't find one in Google.

My guess is that it just converts the PS file to PDF first, rather like how Preview will create a temporary PDF file when you open PostScript files since this plug-in uses Mac OS X's built in PDF APIs.

Sebastian



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10.5: View PDFs inline in Firefox 3
Authored by: lexus6312 on May 19, '10 05:16:29PM

I've tested the PDF Browser plugin 2.3.2 on SAP Netweaver ESS portal with Apple Mac system 10.5 & 10.6 on both web browsers of Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

In Safari, the plugin works wonderfully when loading Adobe forms (both dynamic interactive and non-interative) on Mac 10.5 & 10.6 .
For 10.6, I had switched to 32-bit mode to run the Adobe forms.

But in Mozilla Firefox, the plugin does not work for loading Adobe forms which are dynamic and interactive.



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