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PDF or Portable Document Format is a very popular file type that lets us read books and share information in a all in one solution. Now the standard procedure was to always download the PDF before we could view it either to our computer or inside our browser.

What we now have is a solution to view and share PDF files wholly online without downloading them to our computer!

Want to know the solution? Well it is PDFMENOT! This is the best way to view PDF files online, not only can we view PDF they convert we can share the converted links with anyone! Even embed the documents into our websites! How cool is that?!

I find that this increases productivity, why download a whole PDF if we are not sure it contains the information we need? We can preview the document online and see if its worthy of a download or not 🙂

Good reasons to view PDF online:

  • Great for reading product documentation / manuals.
  • View rebate forms.
  • Don’t clutter hard drive with PDF files that won’t be used for the
    long term.
  • Can share PDF files without having the people download the file.
  • No need for anyone to download a PDF reader, all they will need is the flash player which is readily installed on most browsers.
  • You can share your own PDF files by uploading them to your server then using PDFMENOT to share the files, especially useful for showing brochures and rates for a service!
  • Great for displaying resumes online!

Well Lets Get On With The Video Tutorial As I Will Show You The Easiest Free Way To View And Share PDF Files Online Without Downloading Anything To Your Computer!

Tools Needed:

Links To Go Along With Tutorial:


Regular Way:

  1. Have the link(s) to the PDF file(s) you want to view or load up the site that has them.
  2. Visit PDFMENOT.
  3. Paste the link in where it says “Enter the URL of a PDF file:” and click “View PDF.”

Advanced Way:

  2. Drag the “Bookmarklet” to your bookmarks / favorites.
  3. Visit the site that has PDF files you want to view.
  4. Click the Bookmarklet in your bookmarks / favorites and watch as “small PDF icons” show next to all PDF file links.
  5. Click the link and get taken directly to the web transcribed version of the PDF.

TIP: Additionally you can get the Firefox Extension located on the PDFMENOT tool page as well.

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More information:

Password protected PDF files:

PDFMENOT isn’t designed to view encrypted PDF files.

Whats a PDF?:
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system.

PDF viewing software is generally free with Adobe Reader as well as Foxit which is the most popular.

There are many software options for creating PDFs, including the PDF printing capabilities built in to Mac OS X and some versions of Linux, the multi-platform OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Office 2007 (via a Microsoft-produced add-on), Wordperfect since version 9, numerous PDF print drivers for Microsoft Windows, the pdfTeX typesetting system, the DocBook PDF tools, applications devloped around Ghostscript and Adobe Acrobat itself.

There is also specialized software for editing PDF files, though the choices are much more limited and often expensive. Adobe Acrobat Professional is one example of software that allows the user to annotate (highlight, add notes to) already created PDF files. A free one is PDFedit. As of version 0.46, Inkscape also allows PDF editing through an intermediate translation step involving poppler.

Several applications embracing the PDF standard are now available as an online service including Scribd for viewing and storing, Pdfvue for online editing, and Zamzar for PDF Conversion.

AGFA introduced and shipped Apogee, the first prepress workflow system based on PDF, in 1997.

PDF was selected as the “native” metafile format for Mac OS X, replacing the PICT format of the earlier Mac OS. The imaging model of the Quartz graphics layer is based on the model common to Display PostScript and PDF, leading to the nickname “Display PDF”. The Preview application can display PDF files, as can version 2.0 and later of the Safari web browser. System-level support for PDF allows Mac OS X applications to create PDF documents automatically, provided they support the Print command. When taking a screenshot under Mac OS X versions 10.0 through 10.3, the image was also captured as a PDF; in 10.4 and 10.5 the default behaviour is set to capture as a PNG file, though this behaviour can be set back to PDF if required.

Some printers also support direct PDF printing, which can interpret PDF data without external help. Currently, all PDF capable printers also support PostScript, but most PostScript printers do not support direct PDF printing.

The Free Software Foundation previously considered one of their high priority projects to be “developing a free, high-quality and fully functional set of libraries and programs that implement the PDF file format and associated technologies to the coming ISO standard, ISO 32000.” The GNUpdf library has, however, not been released, while Poppler has enjoyed wider use in applications such as Evince, which comes with the GNOME desktop environment.


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