So for the sake of all those Firefox users who don’t like to count on third part add-ons/software we decided to check out the new browser and it viewer and see how it compares to other solutions.
Here are our quick notes:
- We decided to open a random (and large – 18mb) PDF file from the web. We tried using Firefox 19 as well as the latest stable version of Chrome (24.0.1312.57).
- Although this has more to do with download speed than anything else, the PDF viewer does effect the time it takes to open the PDF. The result – on our connection speed it took about 30 seconds to open using both browsers – so no difference here.
- Using Explorer 9 with a Foxit reader add-on it actually only took about 25 seconds but it was more annoying since the browser didn’t give any indication it is downloading anything (just a blank screen for 25 seconds).
- The Firefox PDF interface is clean – almost spartan and it is very neatly integrated into the browser, unlike all of the other solution we tested.
- Despite its lack of bells and whistles, it seems to have all the basic features you might need for working with a PDF including a slider for viewing the PDF pages (as thumbnails or text), plus or minus bottoms for magnification, presentation mode, printing option and save.
- The search is still your run of the mill Firefox search with very limited options. This is probably the only place where we would have liked to see some more options (Foxit is very good in this respect).