Friday, September 04, 2009

Hack: Non-Adobe PDF plugins in Chrome

If you like Chrome and hate Acrobat PDF, this hack is for you.

Acrobat Reader is slow, crash-prone and intrusive. Chrome is fast and clean, but not obviously friendly to Acrobat alternatives.

Here's how to make it friendly:
  • Locate the Firefox plugin for your favorite Acrobat Reader replacement (check these general and Windows specific lists). In Windows, this is typically this is in the reader's Program Files directory. Mine is at: C:\Program Files\Tracker Software\PDF Viewer\npPDFXCviewNPPlugin.dll.
  • Locate the Chrome plugin directory. Mine is at C:\Documents and Settings\Ben\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins.
  • Put a copy of your preferred reader plugin into the Chrome plugin directory.
  • Restart Chrome.
And you're done.

Eagerly awaiting the update to Chrome that officially adds plugins....

Best,

Ben

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