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Old 09/20/2011, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there an alternate way of viewing PDF files and PDF email attachments? My viewer seems to dislike most (though not all) PDF's, returning error message "Render Document Failed".

There are a few files I can view, but I still did not figure out what makes them acceptable to the viewer - it does not seem to be the size.

I checked the other PDF-related threads, but no success; the most current one just deteriorated into an unrelated complaint stream, no solutions.

I would not mind using a separate PDF viewer application, if such exists.
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Old 09/20/2011, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone has a good recommendation to make?
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Old 09/21/2011, 03:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As far as I know there exists no other pdf app... recently someone published a javascript pdf reader, it would be great to build that into a webos app.
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Old 02/04/2013, 11:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a problem getting one pdf to open on the Veer. Tried Nitro Reader (free version) on my desktop to open the pdf and Save As a Flattened PDF. This apparently changes annotations and form fields so they are no longer interactive.

Worked for me. Hope this helps.
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Old 02/05/2013, 04:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Picsel Smart Office can handle pdf's. I haven't bought it so I can't comment on it's stability. Anyone else got Picsel and can comment on its ability to read pdf's? I thought I heard someone say they couldn't figure out how to set it as the default pdf handler.
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Old 02/27/2013, 01:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 02/27/2013, 08:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have Smart Office P on my Pre3 and PDF files open up straight from the prog. There's a "my documents" folder in there, basically a file browser, and you choose. There is no default reader to open since it's done "in house" and you can even view in landscape mode. Definitely worth the $9.99 and worlds better than QuickOffice. If you're interested in purchasing this, make sure you search for Smart Office "P" or it may not show up in your results.
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Old 04/24/2014, 10:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I suggested this on some other thread that I can't find. Found some links.

Basically, if the Mozilla viewer is javascript, then what's to stop it running in webOS? Yes, some tweaks maybe needed to the UI, but mostly it's just displaying the file...

pdf.js: Rendering PDF with HTML5 and JavaScript | Andreas Gal

PDF.js

I'm not saying it's better, just the source is open, likely to be updated and tweakable by a js coder. Or 'Enyo-ise' it...

Any thoughts?
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Old 04/24/2014, 01:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I suggested this on some other thread that I can't find. Found some links.

Basically, if the Mozilla viewer is javascript, then what's to stop it running in webOS? Yes, some tweaks maybe needed to the UI, but mostly it's just displaying the file...

pdf.js: Rendering PDF with HTML5 and JavaScript | Andreas Gal

PDF.js

I'm not saying it's better, just the source is open, likely to be updated and tweakable by a js coder. Or 'Enyo-ise' it...

Any thoughts?
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Old 04/24/2014, 02:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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So I'll flatter myself that I had the right idea - even if I was late to the game! ;-)
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Old 04/24/2014, 03:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Cool, will have to check it out.

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Old 04/24/2014, 07:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you are on webOS 2.2.4, and have a Touchpad or the webOS Doctor source (for the Touchpad), you can get the upgraded PDF reader from the App Catalog (save the IPK), or use the old version from the Doctor source, then install it on the Veer, you then can go into device info and change the associated PDF link to the Adobe Version (as the Quick Office Enyo parts will not work on Veer's screen), then you can use Internalz Pro or web links to download and launch PDF's works great...

However, I can not get the IPK to work on webOS 2.1.x only 2.2.x.
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