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[Resolved] Firefox 19: Switching between a PDF reader plugin and the built-in PDF viewer

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  1. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    This article now tells Firefox 19 users,
    The PDF viewer works automatically unless you've installed a PDF reader plugin like Adobe Reader. In that case you'll have to disable any PDF reader plugins before the built-in PDF viewer will work.
    ...and then explains how to open the Firefox Add-ons Plugins list to disable the PDF reader plugin.

    I have Adobe Reader 10.1.6 installed on Windows 7 and I didn't need to disable my Adobe (Acrobat) Reader plugin in Firefox 19, before using the build-in PDF viewer.

    Test link: http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/knowledgecenter/media/c4611_sample_explain.pdf

    When I checked in the Applications list, both "Preview in Firefox" and "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) are available.

    Screenshot: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/gallery/image/10810
    PDFviewer&plugin-Fx19

    This article now tells Firefox 19 users,<br> ''The PDF viewer works automatically unless you've installed a PDF reader plugin like Adobe Reader. In that case you'll have to disable any PDF reader plugins before the built-in PDF viewer will work.'' <br> ...and then explains how to open the Firefox Add-ons Plugins list to disable the PDF reader plugin. I have Adobe Reader 10.1.6 installed on Windows 7 and I didn't need to disable my Adobe (Acrobat) Reader plugin in Firefox 19, before using the build-in PDF viewer. Test link: http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/knowledgecenter/media/c4611_sample_explain.pdf When I checked in the Applications list, both "Preview in Firefox" and "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) are available. Screenshot: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/gallery/image/10810 <br> PDFviewer&plugin-Fx19
  2. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    P.S. The built-in PDF viewer was set as the download action for PDF files, as shown in the screenshot, without me having to do anything.

    Also, the article tells Firefox 19 users who don't want to use the built in PDF viewer, under "Using a PDF reader plugin" in the "PDF files are downloaded" subsection,
    Find Adobe Acrobat Document (if you're using Adobe Reader)
    ...but that entry no longer exists . To switch back to using the Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin, I had to find the Portable Document Format (PDF) entry in the Applications panel list. Madperson already has an edit pending to change this, but it needs to be shown only for Firefox 19 and above.

    P.S. The built-in PDF viewer was set as the download action for PDF files, as shown in the screenshot, without me having to do anything. Also, the article tells Firefox 19 users who don't want to use the built in PDF viewer, under "Using a PDF reader plugin" in the "PDF files are downloaded" subsection,<br> ''Find '''Adobe Acrobat Document''' (if you're using Adobe Reader)''<br> ...but that entry no longer exists . To switch back to using the Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin, I had to find the '''Portable Document Format (PDF)''' entry in the Applications panel list. Madperson already has an edit pending to change this, but it needs to be shown only for Firefox 19 and above.
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  3. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    I took a stab at incorporating the change made by madperson into a new revision. I'm not really happy with how my revision looks in Firefox 18 but at least it's better for Firefox 19.

    If someone wants to make a new revision or just approve the one by madperson that's fine with me. The best fix for this article might just be to remove everything relating to the PDF Viewer extension and include a note for Firefox 18 and below, to update to Firefox 19 since it includes a built-in PDF viewer.

    02-25-2013: I approved the revision by madperson since it improves the article. My 02-24-2013 revision is still pending review.

    I took a stab at incorporating the change made by madperson into a new revision. I'm not really happy with how my revision looks in Firefox 18 but at least it's better for Firefox 19. If someone wants to make a new revision <s>or just approve the one by madperson</s> that's fine with me. The best fix for this article might just be to remove everything relating to the PDF Viewer extension and include a note for Firefox 18 and below, to update to Firefox 19 since it includes a built-in PDF viewer. 02-25-2013: I approved the revision by madperson since it improves the article. My 02-24-2013 revision is still pending review.
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  4. Michael Verdi 1755 posts
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    Hi Alice,
    I made a new revision based on your edit and madperson's edit. I kept the troubleshooting for the built-in pdf reader in that built-in section. I also added the toolbar functions with screenshots of everything.
    Let me know what you think.
    - Michael

    Hi Alice,<br> I made a new revision based on your edit and madperson's edit. I kept the troubleshooting for the built-in pdf reader in that built-in section. I also added the toolbar functions with screenshots of everything.<br> Let me know what you think.<br> - Michael
  5. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    I'm assuming you want to keep information for Firefox 18 and below for the PDF Viewer extension and not just tell users to update to Firefox 19?

    If so, did you mean to remove the instructions (Firefox 18 and below), The PDF viewer works automatically unless you've installed a PDF reader plugin like Adobe Reader. In that case you'll have to disable any PDF reader plugins before the built-in PDF viewer will work.? I left that in my version {for not fx19}. The PDF Viewer Add-on page says, Note: The Adobe Acrobat plugin may conflict with this viewer and should be disabled. I installed the PDF extension and tested it out in Firefox 17esr and I had to disable my Adobe Acrobat plugin before the PDF Viewer extension would work.

    In the "PDF files show up in the built-in PDF Viewer or are downloaded" section, that heading was renamed by madperson when he added a screenshot and instructions to switch back to the plugin, for Firefox 19. Related discussion: /forums/contributors/708997?last=51079#post-51073 (post by John99). I approved it as a temporary fix because Firefox 19 users needed it but the screenshot and instructions really should have been {for fx19} which I did in my pending version.

    Your new revision keeps that section, with the same instructions and new Windows screenshot for all Firefox versions, showing Portable Document Format (PDF) in the Applications list, with the viewer selected and the plugin an option in the drop-down list. That doesn't apply to Firefox 18 or below.

    I'm assuming you want to keep information for Firefox 18 and below for the PDF Viewer extension and not just tell users to update to Firefox 19? If so, did you mean to remove the instructions (Firefox 18 and below), ''The PDF viewer works automatically unless you've installed a PDF reader plugin like Adobe Reader. In that case you'll have to disable any PDF reader plugins before the built-in PDF viewer will work.''? I left that in my version {for not fx19}. The [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/pdfjs/ PDF Viewer Add-on page] says, '''''Note:''' The Adobe Acrobat plugin may conflict with this viewer and should be disabled.'' I installed the PDF extension and tested it out in Firefox 17esr and I had to disable my Adobe Acrobat plugin before the PDF Viewer extension would work. In the "PDF files show up in the built-in PDF Viewer or are downloaded" section, that heading was renamed by madperson when he added a screenshot and instructions to switch back to the plugin, for Firefox 19. Related discussion: [/forums/contributors/708997?last=51079#post-51073] (post by John99). I approved it as a temporary fix because Firefox 19 users needed it but the screenshot and instructions really should have been {for fx19} which I did in my pending version. Your new revision keeps that section, with the same instructions and new Windows screenshot for all Firefox versions, showing '''Portable Document Format (PDF)''' in the Applications list, with the viewer selected and the plugin an option in the drop-down list. That doesn't apply to Firefox 18 or below.
  6. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    Also, adding information about the built-in PDF viewer's toolbar functions is fine, but I think my pending revision made it more obvious how to switch back to using the Adobe Acrobat (or other PDF) plugin, since I put that right at the top of the article.

    Since the PDF viewer is now enabled by default, the big issue on the forums seems to be how to switch back, for example:

    So, as a stop-gap measure, I approved my last revision.

    Also, adding information about the built-in PDF viewer's toolbar functions is fine, but I think my pending revision made it more obvious '''how to switch back to using the Adobe Acrobat (or other PDF) plugin''', since I put that right at the top of the article. Since the PDF viewer is now enabled by default, the big issue on the forums seems to be how to switch back, for example: * http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=2669963 PDF documents in FF 19 *http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=2669039 FX 19 VIEWING PDF QUESTION So, as a stop-gap measure, I approved my last revision.
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  7. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    AliceWyman said

    Since the PDF viewer is now enabled by default, the big issue on the forums seems to be how to switch back

    Tobbi just added Forum Response - Choose another reader for PDF files to the common forum responses.

    ''AliceWyman [[#post-8139|said]]'' <blockquote> Since the PDF viewer is now enabled by default, the big issue on the forums seems to be how to switch back </blockquote> Tobbi just added [[Forum Response - Choose another reader for PDF files]] to the common forum responses.
  8. Michael Verdi 1755 posts
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    Thanks Alice. I'm working on a new version that addresses your points. I'll also create a new article about how to switch back to another PDF viewer and link that in hot topics, since it is really the issue like you point out.

    Thanks Alice. I'm working on a new version that addresses your points. I'll also create a new article about how to switch back to another PDF viewer and link that in hot topics, since it is really the issue like you point out.
  9. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    Thanks, Michael. I see How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer is already in Hot Topics.

    Thanks, Michael. I see [[How to disable the built-in PDF viewer and use another viewer]] is already in Hot Topics.
  10. AliceWyman 4162 posts
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    Michael Verdi approved his revision to this article yesterday. I just marked it ready to localize.

    Michael Verdi approved his revision to this article yesterday. I just marked it ready to localize.