pdf.js is a well known project for rendering PDF documents directly in the browser. In that sense, it is similar to our recently announced PDFNetJS. While pdf.js is interesting project, and may be a reasonable choice in some very specific situations, it has a number of serious problems that make it unreliable for any situation where PDF rendering is important.
The WEB is taking over (obviously)
On desktop computers, web apps continue to replace activities that were previously fulfilled by Windows/Mac/Linux programs. The advantages are many: web apps are immediately available on every connected computer; the user doesn’t need to download and install something; they instantly update and they’re cross-platform. That they naturally lend themselves to a subscription model is yet another reason that companies are choosing to develop web apps in favor of a traditional desktop program.
However, web apps have historically had a number of shortcomings. An inability to deal with local files (without long uploads). Multimedia required security–challenged plugins. And they couldn’t display PDF files. Continue reading