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Firefox Extension of the Week (Stop Downloading! View Any Document Online!)

Jul 12 - Jul 18

7 is my lucky number and this is the seventh extension that I am featuring here. Lucky you surfers, this time we have an extension that works well across all the major web browsers. (sorry no IE support). This extension is a handy tool for all the users who browse the internet to view different kinds of documents. Unfortunately, most of the browsers cannot open files like pdf, odp, doc, ppt, odt, rtf and many other files within its interface directly, but instead you'll have to download them. sad Fortunately, this extension saves the day! 


gPDF is an extension that combines the power of Zoho Viewer and Google Docs Viewer to view almost all kinds of documents available online, directly within your web browser. 
gPDF works by automatically setting links that are pointing to RTF, ODT, ODS, ODP, CSV files to open with Zoho Viewer; and links pointing to PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT & PPTX files to open with Google Docs. This means that you don't need to install separate and bloated Adobe Reader, Open Office, Microsoft Office software to view each of these documents. 
There are various advantages associated with this extension. Firstly, you don't need to install potentially vulnerable tools like local pdf readers such as Adobe Reader, instead you can view the files remotely without ever downloading them. enlightened gPDF connects to Google Docs Viewer and Zoho Viewer via secured HTTPS connection, so you're safe from any exploits. 
Secondly, the documents open very fast just like viewing another web page, no waiting for completion of download or copy-pasting links into online document viewers. Apart from a full screen view implementation, there are links to EDIT and SAVE the files in your Google Docs or Zoho account.
No more wasting time to open a lot of documents while surfing online! No No No more Downloading! 
Opera - gPDF

Happy Viewing! See you next week...smiley

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by Sheela Potti (not verified) on 28. August 2012 - 17:27  (98424)

"Docs Online Viewer" is the best. much more better than GPDF.

by eikelein on 16. July 2012 - 4:36  (96241)

And then there are the many, many people (at least around here) that have a basic DSL connection and then the speed of transferring additional web pages becomes an issue, trust me. Rather download and then evtl save locally - for me at least.

As far as I am concerned: Google knows way too much about me anyway. Why would I want to feed them even more information about me?

by John . (not verified) on 13. July 2012 - 22:06  (96151)

What kind of security risks are there of someone intercepting a document you're trying to view? I don't suppose that there's any support for encryption?

by micker (not verified) on 13. July 2012 - 18:45  (96145)

FF 14 refuses to d/l and install this add-on. Out of curiosity, I d/l it manually, and installed it. After rebooting FF, I checked on the status of the program, and the FF message was "This will not function in FireFox"!
Did anyone check this out in a newer version of FF?

by Sarah Barnes (not verified) on 13. July 2012 - 8:34  (96124)

Here is the site I tested it on:
Click on "All States" under Projects By State, then under any of the job names click on "View or Order Drawings. A list of categories is displayed, click Show Files and a list of pdf's is displayed. This is where nothing happens. If I hover over a pdf name (link) I get nothing. If I clink the link the pdf opens in a new tab in my browser.

by Sarah Barnes (not verified) on 13. July 2012 - 3:13  (96117)

It doesn't work. I installed it in Firefox, went to a pdf link, hovered over the link....nothing.
I clicked the link and it opened in my pdf viewer as usual. What gives?

by George.J on 13. July 2012 - 5:01  (96120)

Did you restart the browser after installing the extension? Is the extension enabled in the Add-On's manager section? Could you please provide the link to the pdf along with the comment, so that I can check it out.

Furthurmore, after clicking the link did your browser download the file and you opened it in your desktop based pdf reader or did it open within your browser itself without downloading, which happens if you have plugin installed in the browser after installation of the pdf reader? In the latter case, you might have to uninstall/disable the plugin of your desktop based reader in the browser options menu to view the pdf through gPDF extension via Google docs. What desktop based pdf reader do you have on your system?