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Gmail Adds Native PDF Support, Stays In Beta

Gordon Kelly


Gmail Adds Native PDF Support, Stays In Beta

While Google Chrome may have only lasted a mere 100 days in beta before pushing through the coveted v1.0 barrier (or to be exact, Gmail must be feeling rather jealous. It is unarguably a more polished product but still languishes with the beta tag despite the addition of yet another funky new feature...

Following up themes, SMS messaging and canned responses in recent months is the rather practical addition of native PDF support meaning those soul suckingly painful moments when your entire PC decides to lock up until the end of time while Adobe Acrobat loads in your browser should be far more few and in-between.

The implementation is impressive too integrating seamlessly with Google Docs and offering a vertical thumbnail page view, zoom controls and - of course, this being Google - search. All of which has gotten me thinking about just how useful such an addition could be for Chrome itself. I often cite links with 'PDF Warning' where appropriate, but if Google gets this right it could become 'PDF Warning - Unless you use Chrome'.

As always the Gmail native PDF functionality is being rolled out incrementally so you may have it already or you may still be on the waiting list. Yes - as usual - I've got mine immediately!

So that's four years, nine months and counting but still in beta. Chin up Gmail, it'll happen one day...



PDF Announcement via The Official Gmail Blog (No PDF Warning!)

Martin Daler

December 17, 2008, 5:06 am

"your entire PC decides to lock up until the end of time while Adobe Acrobat loads"

you could bin Acrobat and instal Foxit instead. Even my 8 year old Pentium 3 can run Foxit without locking up!


December 17, 2008, 6:27 am



December 17, 2008, 3:56 pm

Yes, I highly recommend Foxit Reader too.

Adobe Acrobat is something of the past.


December 18, 2008, 5:52 pm

+1 for Foxit Reader, the download is 10% of the size of Adobe Reader and far quicker at rendering pages: also allows tabbed browsing... so I doubt I'll be taking advantage of Gmail's pdf implementation.

Oliver 2

July 22, 2009, 12:59 pm

Hi guys, I need to resize the text in a PDF document. Pls tell me how to go about it.

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