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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bookmarklet Converts PDF Links to Be Viewed With Google Docs PDF Reader

Joen created a JavaScript bookmark snippet that turns any normal links to PDF files into links that will point to Google’s online PDF viewer. Adobe’s PDF viewer tends to freeze browsing, and Joen finds Google’s viewer “far outshines” it. (Would it make sense to turn this into a Greasemonkey script, too? This would help with the occasional surprise effect when you click on PDF links.)

On a related note, in the Blogoscoped forum when you post a link to a PDF, it will automatically be turned into an embedded, expandable Google Docs PDF viewer gadget (with a secondary link to the actual PDF source). You can give it a try by adding a comment if you like.

[Thanks Joen!]

Update: Turns out there is indeed a Greasemonkey script to do this. [Thanks Branco!]


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