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Google Quietly Acquires PDFMeNot PDF Viewer

RiyAndroid [PersonRank 8]

Friday, March 5, 2010
10 years ago3,480 views

<<PDFMeNot, in case you have forgotten, is was a online PDF viewer that would let you view PDF documents in the browser without requiring any desktop software>> ...

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Another service for viewing pdf, postscript, and word documents is

It does not require an account or login. It displays the document one page at a time as gif images. Most browsers support this directly with minimal resources. Usually it is quick and uses vastly less user bandwidth.

Their FAQ says:
"Q: What makes these features possible? A: In one word: Open Source (oops! that was two words...). In several words: Ghostscript, php, wvWare, Apache, ImageMagick, gnu wget, gnu zip, Linux and so on."

The source for their server is available via GPL.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The news about pdfmenot is probably fake.

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The website:

+ Show PDF

now redirects to:

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The website above should be:

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The Firefox Add-on is no longer available: ...

BUT the Add-on Review page is still live: ...

I would guess the acquisition is real – Unless the creators at Stateless Systems just decided to give up on this product and redirect their users to Google's product instead...

PdfMeNot is no longer listed on, but the screen shot is still on their server: ...

ArpitNext [PersonRank 7]

10 years ago #

btw, the blogger Amit Agrawal has updated his post ( ...).

It is just redirection. :)

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Thanks ArpitNext! Here's the updated text:

<< Update: The story earlier mentioned that Google has acquired PDFMeNot which is incorrect based on the whois records and hosting details of the doamin. The Australian company is simply redirecting their service to Google Docs since it offers similar functionality. >>

So apparently the creators of PdfMeNot just conceded to Google...

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