Not that useful Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I used to use it, but do not anymore. Firstly, it does not offer significant advantages over normally clicking a file and if needed asking Firefox to open it up. Secondly, it feels more of an adware then a conveniently discrete add-on.
If you handle a lot of PDF files, it could be worthwhile. But for the few files I handle, this does not offer any value. I give it a 4 because I understand that others' experience may vary.

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it wasn't very good Rated 1 out of 5 stars

it doesn't work for me. saves pdf's as links to download it so it goes in a circle so to speak

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Annoying Updates Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Great idea, worked awesome, but WAY too many updates. Four updates in two months, and it worked just as well before the updates. Multiply that by 4 computers and it just gets too annoying because it prevents Firefox from starting automatically when the computer is turned on.

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pdf files Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I thought I'd like this little add on after I first installed it. But then I received a pdf file from Germany and when I printed it all the German text came out in gibberish - unacceptable!
I then opened the file in Adobe Reader 8 and everything looked fine. Something is wrong with this add on and I unloaded it in a hurry.

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This Add-on is Signed! Amazing Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The implied quality of this add-on has just gone up to the top. Why? Because the author bothered to digitally sign it.

I think every add-on published on the Firefox site should be required to be signed!

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Great Extension although I wish they hadn't associated with Nitro Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall a great extension but I preferred the older versions that weren't involved with Nitro software as they didn't expand the size of the Tools menu and didn't display rather annoying ads whenever I use the extension for HTML viewing or other uses. Still a great extension but maybe return to the old setup.

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PDF Download Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you a million times over =)

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AWESOME! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Just want to say that you are AWESOME!

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works for me Rated 4 out of 5 stars

does everything I need. Has been great for getting around those pdf downloads that freeze the browser. The only problem I have seen is with some articles that give the option to view as pdf but then somehow tie in an ad-bar, the add-on doesn't know how to handle those, but the fix is just to use the [bypass pdf] button.

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Finally! Rated 4 out of 5 stars

No more waiting for Firefox to decide what it's doing when I open or close a PDF in the browser. Two thumbs up for making my life a lot less stressful!

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Not everything I hoped for Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This almost does everything it says. Works well when you find a link on a website to a PDF however . . . if you find a PDF from a search engine, it doesn't work as well. For example, if I do a search for a government specification on and it gives me a link to a PDF as one of the answers, PDF Download doesn't recognize the link and it still opens inside FF with the default reader as if PDF Download didn't exist. Not bad, just not wonderful.

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credits where credits due Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't credits supposed to go in a credit box and not in tools menu??? I like PDF download and I used it for quite some while, but that was before it started to throw cheap ad-ware in my browser menu... What's next? Pop-ups each time we download a PDF file?

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Credit where credits due! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I too was experiencing the problems others described after Nitro’s acquisition of the PDF software plug-in: it simply no longer worked for me. However after updating to the new version I can happily report the software now works as should again and is something no web-user should be without. I don’t know what the original problem was and frankly I don’t care, the developers listened to their users’ experiences and rectified the problem, well done Nitro sorry we doubted you!

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Kinda pointless (IMHO) Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I think this add-on is sort of pointless. Most users could probably live with the Acrobat plug-in or use the application manager in Firefox to cause Acrobat reader to launch. Obviously some find it useful, but certainly not me.

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Problems (gone) Rated 5 out of 5 stars

[EDIT] fixed my issue!

this was a great extension, and will probably be still after some of the newly introduced bugs are tracked down. one thing is for sure, something got messed up. i`ve been meaning to come here and look for several weeks but haven't had the time. my problem was when i'd MIDDLE click on a pdf listing in google, the "requester" would come up asking me what i wanted to do, but at the same time it would OPEN the PDF in another tab even thou i never choose a selection. (after viewing the pdf and trying to close the tab firefox would freeze up until i killed acrobat using process explorer, not blaming this on PDF Download, this is actually the behavior that made me want to use it in the 1st place). as i usually do when an update "breaks" i reverted (follwing the fellas suggestion of going back to everything is nowv "jake" again.
if you revert and don`t want to be hounded about updating it via auto-update, try this:
(i have winzip, adapt accordingly) download (open it, rename it .zip if you have to), edit the install.rdf change to and save (change it back to .xpi if you renamed it). now install, you won`t get any update notifications now. I'll come back in a couple weeks to see if there`s been progress if so try a new version then, in the meantime i`m good.

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Solved in


thanks a lot for your bug report: this is the kind of comments I would like to get from users (with useful explanation of the problems and not with useless "don't work" comments). However, for the next time I would suggest to use the official PDF Download Forum ( so I could keep track of the problems and users could easily search for old posts.

I solved the problem in PDF Download



Conflict with NoScript?? Not yet rated

I must say I've always welcomed FF and all these nifty extensions that make it unique, as it will be able to tailor it exactly the way you like it. One of those nice extension has been PDF Download, which I've been using for a long time and always appreciated its simple but very useful interface. But ever since my system upgraded (not sure since which version) the PDF DL extension, every time I follow a link to a remote PDF document, and select "open PDF" from the pop-up interface, it opens a new page as usual BUT the document won't open at all unless I allow (temporarily) scripts for the originating site. This is a big F---ckn pain in the ass, and definitively has to do with the newer releases of PDF DL. Not sure why do I have to allow every single site from which I want to view a PDF, but I just now got fed up with this sh---t and installed an older release of PDF DL (v0.9.3.2: 2007-11-01) which seems to have fixed the stupid behavior. I suggest anyone else having this problem should install this older version, and refrain from any future upgrading - unless they fix the problem in a new release.

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It's NoScript fault


the problem is due to NoScript settings. As you can read here ( people already complained about this (on 30 December). Here it is what they said and the answer from NoScript developer:

NoScript was certainly the greatest Firefox add-on. No contest. I'm therefore really sorry that I have to say that with version (plugins disabled by default for unknown sites) it became more of a PITA. Apart from HTML, PDF is my most used filetype, and now they're all blocked by default.
Suggestion: why not allow adding filetypes like "*.pdf" to whitelist? Surely would get the rating back to 10 out of 10.
In the meantime I went back to version 1.1.9.

Developer Reply:
"Steven, you could just uncheck "NoScript Options|Plugins|Forbid other plugins".
However a file type whitelist for that options, similar to your suggestion, was already planned."

back to adobe Not yet rated

All my excitement faded away when none of these 'great' softwares were compatible on Linux: FF, Foxit and PDF Download.

Finally managed to get PDF Download latest version to work somehow, but that pos takes you away to a distant website where they open the pdf u request in a frame ??!! This is crap. How come no one is complaining ??

Its a sad world when good products get eaten up by greedy least they can be greedy while not F&(^#@ing up the software.

And their older versions dont even it is back to adobe, who at least provide a quality product, but didnt have the foresight to give a lightweight product. hate software that needs tweaking to actually be liked.

As for Foxit, why the hell are they touting themselves as free, use me, when they cant even get it working on Linux as a plugin ? Heck it doesnt even work from outside within Firefox. If you can tout yourselved as being a 'replacement' for Adobe, at least do it properly instead of depending on some 3rd party product like this pos.

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was geat; won't work now Not yet rated

won't work since update to FF browser update, & since theses new nitro owners. Used to be 1 of the 1st add-ons i would install & i'd tell everyone to do so also (along w./ noscript, IE Tab [IE View/ie view Lite seem not to work at all, or i am clueless?], Forecastfox, Fasterfox, & session mgr, though i did like 'lil 'ol session saver better, if only they could've kept up]. Has no one heard anything on this? I even tried checking for correct placement of the plug-in & installed the seemingly uneless adobe acrobat upgrade 8.1.1 [from 8.1.0], but to no avail, and re-installing the pdf download add-on. I WOULD consider reverting to a less-secure browser version to have pdf-to-html functionality, but i am not sure i would know where to download it, and go thru' all the hassle of adding-on extensions again. Urff. Ugggh. I miss it. This REALLY should be incorporated into the next FF release.
[Adobe is getting to big for its pants, after quiring macromedia].

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Nitro Options Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I think all users of Firefox should *refuse* to use branded extensions. Commercialization usually ruins a good product or extension. Image if Firefox itself was branded by Microsoft.

I absolutely *HATE IT* when people make extensions only to hand them over to companies who have no interest in maintaining them. These companies want *YOU* to buy their flagship product.

I am currently developing a non-branded PDF view/save extension. I want to send a message to the corporate world that we are *NOT* interested in their branded extensions for an open-source project such as Firefox.

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PDF Download remains FREE and OPEN SOURCE!

I just want to clarify that in the version (the one after the Nitro acquisition) there was NO change in the code apart from the option window (as you can see from the change log). PDF Downlaod is and will still be FREE and OPEN SOURCE (you can read the press release here:
The big first advantage that Nitro brought to PDF Download users is related to the PDF to HTML conversion feature: now it is much faster and stable.

Simple - Elegant - Wonderful Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Like the light bulb and the zipper, this is an invention that makes you wonder what you ever did without it.

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