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Viewing PDF files online (instead of downloading first)

It's much faster to browse PDF files online if you don't have to download them first. If you have a Mac and use Safari, you already know how handy this can be. Since I only recently learned that the majority of you out there stuck on Windows can't do this, I went on a hunt to solve the problem. Here's some tips that might make this possible for you.  -BAF

Acrobat products can open PDF files within the browser only using Safari on Mac OS 10.3 or later.

Viewing PDF files within the browser using Internet Explorer for Mac OS X is not supported with Acrobat 7.0.

We can't promise that any of these solutions will work for you, but if you are adventurous, you might find you like one of these options.

The niftiest solution appears to be an add-on called "PDF Download 2.1", created by Nitro Software. This free program enables you to open and view PDF files in Firefox and Internet Explorer without downloading and saving them.  Visit the PDF Download homepage for links to download and install this program.  It works cross platform, meaning it's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux machines and it's recommended by Mozilla, creators of Firefox.


Other possible options to consider:

To correct the problem for newer Macs, try using Internet Explorer and try this plugin.

The Mac version(Power PC only) of Firefox, should do the same with this plugin from Google Code. It seems fussy to install and get to work.

PC users should be able to add the same feature to Firefox using this Firefox plugin.

PC/Internet Explorer users may find help at the Microsoft website.