Google Chrome to feature a native Adobe PDF reader!
Google has already announced that they are bundling the Adobe Flash Player with their Chrome browser.
The company has now revealed that Google Chrome would also bundle with a native PDF reader which would not require the user to have Adobe Reader application installed.
The idea is to render Adobe PDF files natively inside the web browser as HTML pages.
If you are using the latest dev channel build of Chrome, you can enable it from about:plugins as above.
Google spoke about the quality of this reader:
PDF files will render as seamlessly as HTML web pages, and basic interactions will be no different than the same interactions with web pages (for example, zooming and searching will work as users expect). PDF rendering quality is still a work in progress, and we will improve it substantially before releasing it to the beta and stable channels.
To further protect users, PDF functionality will be contained within the security “sandbox” Chrome uses for web page rendering.
Users will automatically receive the latest version of Chrome’s PDF support; they won’t have to worry about manually updating any plug-ins or programs.
Of course, this app would not support all the latest technologies used by the Adobe PDF technology. So Google would continue to offer a way to users to open the file in Adobe Reader.
Another great way to check out Adobe PDF files in Google Chrome is to use Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google) extension.
Here is a PDF file rendered in Google Chrome native PDF reader: