Last week, Google released a new beta version of Chrome, version number 8.0.522.28. The big news is that this release has an integrated PDF viewer, allowing users to view PDF files within the browser sans third party applications or plug-ins. According to Google's John Abd-El-Malek, the Chrome PDF viewer also runs in its own "sandbox," providing an extra layer of security.
Shockingly, Google went with a clean, minimalistic look for the PDF viewer interface. Check out the screenshot below:
The spartan interface includes a total of four buttons in the form of a floating toolbar on the bottom right hand side of the page. The first two buttons allow the user to toggle between standard and wide-screen viewing, and the second pair of buttons allow zooming in and out. Just like in Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader, hitting CTRL-S lets you save the PDF file to your hard drive, as well.
Loading various PDFs worked well in my testing, and I have no complaints in either the speed or stability departments. I did miss a few of the features included in more full-featured plug-ins, such as the ability to flip from page to page with a single click—browsing PDFs with the Chrome viewer requires a lot of scrolling. For casual, quick-and-dirty PDF browsing, however, it's hard to beat the convenience Chrome offers in this latest release. Google hasn't confirmed when this feature will come out of beta, but version 8.0 of Chrome is probably a good guess.
|MSI puts mobile Quadros to work in its WS60 and WT72 notebooks||0|
|HP's Envy 32 display blends FreeSync and living-room DNA||10|
|Prepare for the wasteland with Fallout 4's system requirements||38|
|Green means gaming on HP's updated Pavilion notebooks||15|
|Dell brings infinity display to XPS 15 laptop; launches XPS 12 2-in-1||23|
|Amazon redefines the sneakernet with Snowball data courier||34|
|Here be dragons on MSI's GK701 keyboard and DS502 headset||11|
|Soft Machines debuts CPUs and SoCs based on VISC architecture||66|
|Envy 34 curved all-in-one delivers Skylake power in style||31|
|It's almost as if the company held a big event this morning! ;)||+61|