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FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

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FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

So the latest version of Firefox 19 comes with a built in PDF viewer.

The problem that I found is that this viewer at its present time does NOT show fillable fields ina PDF, or let the user type into these fillable fields, or show the electronic print and instructions buttons we place at the top of most of our PDF "forms".

Ex: http://www.tmcc.edu/financialaid/downloads/forms/1213/FINAConsortiumAgree1213.pdf

This form should show buttons at the top and let a user fill it out. It does with the Reader plugin. In FF 19's built in PDF viewer I cant seem to do anything.

We presently make all our PDF forms fillable, so if this is an issue, hopefully a fix or update can be found.

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

This is under development.

See:

  • bug 739043 - Can't fill fillable PDF forms with PDF Viewer

(please do not comment in bug reports: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html)

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

You can set the pdfjs.disabled pref to true on the about:config page to disable the build-in PDF viewer and use the Adobe Reader instead.

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New Contributor

Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

Right, thanks for the Reply. But that does not address the issue really. Will the firefox PDF viewer support fillable fields, etc. in the future? Or is this a bug?

Site Moderator

Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

This is under development.

See:

  • bug 739043 - Can't fill fillable PDF forms with PDF Viewer

(please do not comment in bug reports: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html)

New Contributor

Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

This new viewer was an ugly surprise. I DO NOT want pdfs to open in Firefox. I want FIrefox to give me the option to open or download. If I select open, I want it to open in my copy of Acrobat (not the Reader), and certainly not inside Firefox. Can anybody help me?

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

Additionally, there are a lot PDFs which do not show included images correctly when opened with the build-in viewer or can't display effects like shadows or gradients (for example: http://www.peginc.com/freebies/Rippers/RippersHeroes.pdf), some fonts aren't displayed right and accents (you know, umlaute and such things) are missing in many cases. Anti-aliasing for fonts isn't working either. Any chance to change that fast? Or deactivate the build-in viewer until it works properly?

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

Another issue with the built-in pdf viewer is the lack of a search function to look for words in the displayed pdf file. Maybe I overlooked something, but could not find a button for it.

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

hello drmarkweber, the normal search tools in firefox that work in websites will also work in the built-in pdf viewer: How to search the contents of the current page for text or links

New Contributor

Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

nobler: you can use cor-el's method to disable the firefox's PDF viewer.

I am in the same boat as webphenom. We are in the business of fillable PDF forms. Is it possible to make the firefox's PDF viewer can load a filled pdf forms? Now I have this pop-up bar "This PDF document might not be displayed correctly ...." from PDF viewer when I load a filled pdf form.

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Re: FF 19 and PDF viewer issue

The default pdf viewer in FF 19 is simply not fit for purpose. It displays/prints wrong typefaces with bad character spacing, sometimes displays pages as completely blank, prints some colours and not others, ... I could go on. It is easy to change back to having Foxit (or any other) as the default viewer, but I am concerned that other users of Firefox who do not know how to do that will see pdf files of mine very badly reproduced and naturally will think it is my fault. Please stop making the built-in pdf viewer the default until it works properly.