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Google announces quick PDF viewing option in Gmail

The Gmail team has apparently been working some solid overtime lately – perhaps Google freed up some cash recently. Just in the past week, the Gmail team has added a nice task manager to Labs, SMS messaging to the integrated chat functionality and now enhanced PDF attachment handling. Gmail users will be happy to learn that Google has completely revamped the way that PDF attachments are viewed. Opening PDF files in a browser is traditionally not a fun thing to do. Many still avoid doing so due to the bad memories of bogging and crashes associated with the Acrobat Reader browser plug-in. For Gmail users, the pain is gone. Gmail now gives PDFs a view option that thankfully forgoes Acrobat and opens them with an OS X Preview-like view. Simple and quick, as it should be. The new implementation should already be rolled out so get ready to start painlessly viewing PDF attachments and wishing that all browser-based PDF viewing could be so easy.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.