Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Firefox Add-on: View documents quickly with Docufarm

One thing that irritates me quite a lot when surfing the web is to wait for certain application to start in order to view some kind of documents, such as waiting for Adobe Reader to view a PDF file. This is annoying because it interrupts my flow of web surfing; I expect to see stuff within 2 to 3 seconds when I click on a hyperlink.

If you've the same frustration, you should try using Docufarm (download add-on here). After installing Docufarm to your Firefox browser, whenever you click on one of the document types that it supports:
  • PDF
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • RTF
  • PostScript
It will show you a slide sorter of the pages of the document like the following:

If you click on one of the page, you'll see a its magnified view:

Clicking it again and it'll return to the slide sorter. If you want to look for certain keywords in the document, enter the keywords in input box at the top and click the button find in document. The text that matches your keywords will be highlighted:

If you still prefer to view it with, say, Adobe Reader for PDF, just click on the download original link on the slide sorter page.

I hope this add-on reduces some of your frustration :)