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How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

I can't find any "addon" or "plugin" to disable. How do I disable this "pdf.js that is still under development and not stable ?

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

Type about:config into the address bar, press Enter, and search for pdfjs.disabled. Double click it to set it to False.

If there is a specific issue you are having with PDF.js, would you mind letting me know so we can get it on the radar to be fixed?

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

I would like the choice of having either the PDF.JS view pdf files or adobe reader, as the adobe reader has significantly better printing functions, search functions, etc.

I did turn off the pdf.js, but then rather than firefox calling adobe directly into a window like it used to, firefox immediately downloaded the file, but did not open it in adobe until I clicked the downloaded file. This is also contrary to the way firefox used to perform.

I hope this helps. I'm all for "new" features, but want to "easily" have the choice to retain previous working actions.

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

The proper way to select which application is used to view PDF files, open Preferences/Options -> Application and look for "Portable Document Format (PDF)". If you are using PDF.js as an extension, please disable or uninstall it.

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

Sure - should I risk a brand-new, untested, unvetted pdf implementation that runs inside the browser itself (so if it's compromised, the attacker owns not just the container, but the entire browser session), or software that has been through the ringer over the past few years, and while it might have bugs, the obvious ones have already been patched?

Yes, that's a rhetorical question.

You guys do some good things for security like disabling flash and java, and then do some nutty things like hiding the version number, and the rapid release cycle with new features (and bugs) which doesn't give anyone time to test/vet the version. This falls into the latter category.

At the very least, when 19 installs it should prompt the user and *ASK* them what they want to do. You don't know what's best for everyone!

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

Never mind - I found it using above instructions. I just read wrong. So glad it's possible to change back to Adobe. I really didn't like the change at all. I also really would have preferred to have been offered the option to change rather than just having it forced on me! Still, I'm back to normal and able to work properly.

Thanks Linda

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/view-pdf-files-firefox-without-downloading-them will show you exactly how to troubleshoot or disable PDF.js

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

I don't get it, you guys got over 30% (in Germany over 50% !) on the marked, tendency raising, tons of cool plugins (I'm a Webdeveloper), so many happy people & recommendations, the coolest Adblock ever and so on - but you'll ruin it. You guys will just ruin it. The silent update for V19 (?) brought me, forced me, without asking me, without informing me a PDF-Plugin that has Problems rendering complex PDF-Files (like the one, that are in the web-archive of a cusomer). I have to google around to come here, jsut to get the infos. That's really uncool, so uncool that I have to register myself and write my oppinion... Where is the Problem, when U introduce something new, to let the choice by the user??? That's not just your doing, Adobe, MS etc. they all think they know what's best for the user. U DON'T! So please give at least the option to NOT WANT.

Man, i really liked Firefox but the boredom get's more and more! Updates, Crashes, now that PDF-Thing, People are running away from you and go to chrome(!) And it seems to be that you don't recon this. How do you get to your design decision? I don't get it...

Sorry4negativity, but I'm just really frustrated in the sum of the things...

Farewell.

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

If you would like to disable the PDF.JS, it's fairly simple. Use the Adobe Reader plugin to view or download PDF files

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Re: How do I disable PDF.JS and/or default to Adobe

Tyler - the argument here is that Mozilla's arrogance in forcibly disabling one of the most widely used plugins, without warning or consent is, well, arrogant - especially given the new silent/hidden/stealth/surreptitious update mechanism that you guys have adopted.

The *default* should have been to leave our stuff alone. Now I understand that there are many users who aren't tech-savvy, and that there's a security argument to be made, but that implies that the mozilla solution is 1) at least as functional as Adobe's (it's not), and 2) it's at least as secure as Adobe's (unproven - and doubtful given the architecture).

At the very least the installer should PROMPT the user for instructions on what to do. Oh wait, there is no visible installer because of a previous 'we know what's best for everyone' decision on the part of the Mozilla team.