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Mozilla adds in-built PDF viewer to Firefox 19

20 Feb 2013
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Mozilla has released the latest version of its desktop browser, Firefox 19, which includes an in-built PDF viewer while also updating the mobile version for Android-based handsets.

The advantage of having a built in PDF viewer is that it does away with the need for plugins, which may contain proprietary closed source code, which could potentially be insecure, according to Mozilla.

The PDF viewer in Firefox 19 was built using HTML5 and JavaScript, which Mozilla claims will ensure PDFs load and render quickly, and run securely.

“You can use the PDF viewer to check out a menu from your favourite restaurant, view and print concert tickets or read reports without having to interrupt your browsing experience with extra clicks or downloads,” Mozilla said.

Meanwhile, the latest version of Firefox for Android has added support for ARMv6 processors, which it claims will increase the number of handsets capable of running the browser by 15 million, including the a slew of ageing handsets such as the LG Optimus One, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750.

Firefox for Android also lets users personalise the browser's look through the introduction of themes.

Firefox had previously updated its browser in early January, with Firefox 18 promising to dramatically increase the performance of web apps and games.

According to web measurement firm StatCounter, Firefox boasts nearly a fifth of the web browser market. In January 2013, nearly half of all Firefox users were running the most up-to-date version of the browser, Firefox 18.

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