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Firefox 5 still can't view pdfs in-browser??? (Mac)

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Wasn't in-browser pdf-viewing support supposed to be one of the much-anticipated features of Firefox 5? I just updated and...nope. Still forces me to download them. Applications tab of preferences only offers "always ask" or "use preview".

Any way at all to fix this? I am a college student who continuously must read pdfs of research reports and I cannot keep having to download every single one I find or my productivity will go down the toilet! (having to download, open, read, drag to trash, go back to browser, etc. It also means I can't have multiple pdfs open in separate tabs)

Wasn't in-browser pdf-viewing support supposed to be one of the much-anticipated features of Firefox 5? I just updated and...nope. Still forces me to download them. Applications tab of preferences only offers "always ask" or "use preview". Any way at all to fix this? I am a college student who continuously must read pdfs of research reports and I cannot keep having to download every single one I find or my productivity will go down the toilet! (having to download, open, read, drag to trash, go back to browser, etc. It also means I can't have multiple pdfs open in separate tabs)

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Installed Plug-ins

  • iPhoto6
  • Musicnotes Viewer plugin 1.17.0 http://www.musicnotes.com
  • Shockwave for Director 11.5.8r612
  • Plugin for viewing Sibelius(tm) music scores http://www.sibelius.com
  • Office Live Update v1.0
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • 4.0.51204.0
  • RealPlayer Plugin
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • Java Plug-In 2 for NPAPI Browsers
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:5.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0

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Using a Mac w/ OS 10.6 Snow Leopard

Question owner

Someone posted this solution on another forum. To view pdfs within FF5, just download and install the new version (apparently released earlier today!) of Schubert PDF plugin, here: http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

Here's the post:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=10944557#p10944557

Someone posted this solution on another forum. To view pdfs within FF5, just download and install the new version (apparently released earlier today!) of Schubert PDF plugin, here: http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/ Here's the post: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=10944557#p10944557

Modified by GMX2000

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The new Schubert PDF plugin requires OS 10.6. With 10.5, which I currently have, no installation is possible.

The new Schubert PDF plugin requires OS 10.6. With 10.5, which I currently have, no installation is possible.
mzimmers 0 solutions 4 answers

I just tried installing the newest version (2.4.2). It doesn't show up in my list of plug-ins. Any idea what's going on? I'm running a Mac, OS 10.6.something.

Thanks.

I just tried installing the newest version (2.4.2). It doesn't show up in my list of plug-ins. Any idea what's going on? I'm running a Mac, OS 10.6.something. Thanks.
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

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Using the Adobe Reader plugin with Firefox * https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using%20the%20Adobe%20Reader%20plugin%20with%20Firefox Opening PDF files within Firefox * https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Opening%20PDF%20files%20within%20Firefox Check and tell if its working.
mzimmers 0 solutions 4 answers

mha: after following the directions, I now get the viewer up, but the performance is terrible. Any ideas on that?

mha: after following the directions, I now get the viewer up, but the performance is terrible. Any ideas on that?
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

but the performance is terrible.

Performance of which thing is terrible ?? Adobe Reader or Firefox ?? Please always provide full details of your problems.

''but the performance is terrible.'' Performance of which thing is terrible ?? Adobe Reader or Firefox ?? Please always provide full details of your problems.
mzimmers 0 solutions 4 answers

Firefox performance is OK until I open a PDF document. Then, the Schubert plug-in drags the performance down for the entire browser experience. It also seems to be making the system marginally unstable; I'm getting the spinning beach ball lots of places, and some commands take forever to execute.

I have to say that it's essentially unusable in its current form for me.

Firefox performance is OK until I open a PDF document. Then, the Schubert plug-in drags the performance down for the entire browser experience. It also seems to be making the system marginally unstable; I'm getting the spinning beach ball lots of places, and some commands take forever to execute. I have to say that it's essentially unusable in its current form for me.
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

Troubleshooting extensions and themes

Troubleshooting plugins

Check and tell if its working.

Troubleshooting extensions and themes * https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Troubleshooting%20extensions%20and%20themes Troubleshooting plugins * https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Troubleshooting%20plugins Check and tell if its working.
mzimmers 0 solutions 4 answers

I didn't find anything in those links that pertains to the PDF browser problem. This isn't a generic issue; it's specific to the Schubert plug-in. This hasn't worked right since FF 4, so I'm inclined to believe there's something wrong with FF itself. If so, it's amazing that the team would go through so many releases without addressing a pretty fundamental capability.

I didn't find anything in those links that pertains to the PDF browser problem. This isn't a generic issue; it's specific to the Schubert plug-in. This hasn't worked right since FF 4, so I'm inclined to believe there's something wrong with FF itself. If so, it's amazing that the team would go through so many releases without addressing a pretty fundamental capability.
Hasan 469 solutions 5600 answers

Update All your Firefox Plugins

Check and tell if its working.

IF it doesn't work, try Disabling Schubert plugin. See this - Determining if a Plugin is the problem

If Firefox works normally without Schubert plugin, contact Schubert about the problems you are facing using their plugin.

Update All your Firefox Plugins * https://www-trunk.stage.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/ * http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/ ** Remove Checkmark from Downloading other Optional Softwares with your Plugins (e.g. Toolbars, McAfee, Google Chrome, etc.) Check and tell if its working. IF it doesn't work, try Disabling '''Schubert''' plugin. See this - Determining if a Plugin is the problem * https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Troubleshooting%20plugins#w_determining-if-a-plugin-is-the-problem If Firefox works normally without '''Schubert''' plugin, contact Schubert about the problems you are facing using their plugin.