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Alternative Plugins, FOSS and native preferred

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  • Last reply by Michael Verdi
  1. flyingsheep 0 posts
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    Why just supporting Adobe’s overweight commercial product? I don’t think this conforms to Firefox’ vision of a free web.

    There are several solutions that would be more integrated or more open, or both.

    For Windows
    Sumatra PDF is a nice, fast, and unobtrusive PDF reader that Just Does The Job™. It’s GPLv3, too!
    For OSX
    A PDF plugin for Firefox on Mac OS X is available for 32 bit firefoxes until 3.6. Obviously needs love to be useful for the standard setup (64 bit firefox 4+). MIT license!
    For Linux
    Mozplugger works on every unixoid and allows the embedding of any application of choice.
    KParts Plugin works on KDE and embeds KParts, i.e. application modules specifically designed for embedding in other applications.

    How should we include all this? Is it possible to replace this page with some kind of wizard? (What OS are you running? Mac OS X, Windows, Linux? What desktop environment do you use? KDE, another? The best solution for you is KParts Plugin. Install intructions below. If you want instead to use Mozplugger, or the Adobe Reader plugin, klick on their respective names.)

    Why just supporting Adobe’s overweight commercial product? I don’t think this conforms to Firefox’ vision of a free web. There are several solutions that would be more integrated or more open, or both. ;For Windows :[http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html Sumatra PDF] is a nice, fast, and unobtrusive PDF reader that Just Does The Job™. It’s GPLv3, too! ;For OSX :A [http://code.google.com/p/firefox-mac-pdf PDF plugin for Firefox on Mac OS X] is available for 32 bit firefoxes until 3.6. Obviously needs love to be useful for the standard setup (64 bit firefox 4+). MIT license! ;For Linux :[http://mozplugger.mozdev.org Mozplugger] works on every unixoid and allows the embedding of any application of choice. :[http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~fischer/kpartsplugin KParts Plugin] works on KDE and embeds KParts, i.e. application modules specifically designed for embedding in other applications. How should we include all this? Is it possible to replace this page with some kind of wizard? (What OS are you running? Mac OS X, Windows, '''Linux'''? What desktop environment do you use? '''KDE''', another? The best solution for you is ''KParts Plugin''. Install intructions below. If you want instead to use [http://li.nk ''Mozplugger''], or the [http://li.nk ''Adobe Reader plugin''], klick on their respective names.)
  2. scoobidiver 1275 posts
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    I merged Mac and Win/Linux parts, added other PDF reader plugins (including Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin that now supports 64-bit applications), removed the "re-install the plugin" section as the local plugin folder is no longer used, fixed displaying issues and broken links, added the summary. It needs review.

    For the future, see http://andreasgal.com/2011/06/15/pdf-js/.

    I merged Mac and Win/Linux parts, added other PDF reader plugins (including Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin that now supports 64-bit applications), removed the "re-install the plugin" section as the local plugin folder is no longer used, fixed displaying issues and broken links, added the summary. It needs review. For the future, see [http://andreasgal.com/2011/06/15/pdf-js/].
  3. mluna 253 posts
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    I've approved the latest revision of this article.

    I've approved the latest revision of this article.
  4. scoobidiver 1275 posts
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    I updated [https://wiki.mozilla.org/Support/Article_Tracking#All_Articles] according to step 6 in [[How the Knowledge Base works#w_what-is-the-process-for-editing-an-article|What is the process for editing an article?]].
  5. Underpass 622 posts
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    I remember one Foxit PDF reader (available for Windows and Linux). Several mozillaitalia.org forum members use it.

    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/

    I remember one Foxit PDF reader (available for Windows and Linux). Several mozillaitalia.org forum members use it. http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/
  6. Underpass 622 posts
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    I just wanted to point that another Windows plugin exists: NitroPDF

    http://www.nitroreader.com/

    It's far lighter and less invasive than Adobe Reader. It has both 32 and 64 bit versions.

    I just wanted to point that another Windows plugin exists: NitroPDF http://www.nitroreader.com/ It's far lighter and less invasive than Adobe Reader. It has both 32 and 64 bit versions.
  7. scoobidiver 1275 posts
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    I think pointing at one commercial application per OS is enough. The two examples provided by underpass are free software but those companies also sell related PDF software.

    In a few months, when PDF Viewer is embedded, referring to PDF plugins will be less important.

    I think pointing at one commercial application per OS is enough. The two examples provided by underpass are free software but those companies also sell related PDF software. In a few months, when PDF Viewer is embedded, referring to PDF plugins will be less important.
  8. Underpass 622 posts
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    Scoobidiver, I started to contribute to this project because I think it is important to help. Maybe you can think one can be here for other reasons. But I can assure you that I am here to help.

    So please, let someone of the administrators answer here. It is not strictly mandatory to answer in all the threads.

    Have a nice day

    Scoobidiver, I started to contribute to this project because I think it is important to help. Maybe you can think one can be here for other reasons. But I can assure you that '''I''' am here to help. So please, let someone of the administrators answer here. It is not strictly mandatory to answer in all the threads. Have a nice day
  9. Michael Verdi 1755 posts
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    I approved the addition. Like scoobidiver says, it all might be less important in a few months. Also, I don't think the number of commercial products is an issue. 98+% of computers have commercial software on them.

    I approved the addition. Like scoobidiver says, it all might be less important in a few months. Also, I don't think the number of commercial products is an issue. 98+% of computers have commercial software on them.