Windows Live forum: PDF Files in Skydrive

by: rowan.bradley April 20, 2011 4:14 AM PDT

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PDF Files in Skydrive

by rowan.bradley - 4/20/11 4:14 AM

A few days ago I created a Skydrive folder so I could share some files I'm creating in a project with several other users. I wanted something which was secure, where each user could have different privilegves to see or to edit files, and which was easy for me and for the other users to use. Most of these files are PDFs, because I'm producing them wth a tool that costs quite a lot, and so far it's not justifiable for all the other users to buy the tool. It seemed a good solution to print the diagrams to PDF and share them like this. Today I was shocked to discover that viewing PDF files in a Skydrive folder is a total pain. Unlike in a normal web directory, where I can just click on a PDF file and it opens quickly in my browser using the Adobe Reader plugin, so I can immediately see the document, zoom in and out, search it for text, save it or print it, with Skydrive there seems to be no way to even see the document without explicitly downloading it first.

I guess the reason for this is that Microsoft think it's more imortant to conduct a war with Adobe than to provide services that are actually of some use to their customers.

Isthere any way of getting Skydrive to open PDF files in the users's browser if you just click, or double click them?

If this is "just the way it is", I will have to ditch Skydrive and use some other web based file sharing service which allows people to eaily open PDF files.

Thanks - Rowan

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