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NewsForge: View PDFs with a Browser Using pdftohtml

Jun 16, 2004, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"I picked up the phone, and the voice at the other end said, 'Rob, can you help me with a PDF file? I can't read it.' It was my Beverly Hills attorney brother, who had received a 1MB PDF file via his Web-based email client and didn't know how to download it and read it, especially since he had no Acrobot reader installed. After some mutual grumbling about Acrobat being an unnecessary step in the document-reading process, I discovered a fairly painless solution to the whole mess, thanks to a little-known program called pdftohtml.

"pdftohtml converts a regular .pdf file into a series of Portable Network Graphics (.png) files, indexes them with matching HTML files, then packages the whole thing up into a convenient main HTML file. You can view the main file with any Web browser and click on the links to the individual pages..."

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