Community PDF Project (was Revenue and the Open Source edition)

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu May 5 14:55:19 EDT 2016

Kevin Miller wrote:

 > Almost right. We were aiming for complete parity for the heavier
 > weight browser renderer in the widget to provide perfect cross
 > platform compatibility and for exactly these sorts of reasons but
 > it wasn't possible due to some platform specific issues we found
 > integrating the framework.
 > However PDF should still work on all platforms because:
 > Windows & Linux are CEF (Chromium)
 > Mac is WebView (WebKit based)
 > iOS is UIWebView (WebKit based)
 > Android is Android WebView
 > Mac & iOS WebKit can handle it (we had originally planned to use
 > Chromium on everything to get a completely consistent experience
 > but had to withdraw it due to Mac specific CEF bugs).
 > On Android there is an extra step:
 > If your PDF is at:
 > You need to wrap it with the Google doc viewer by setting the widget
 > URL on Android to:
 > Chromium should be able to handle PDF on Windows/Linux. That said I
 > did just see a crash when trying it just now on Windows (avoidable
 > for now by using the same method as for Android). Panos has filed a
 > bug :)

Way cool - thanks.

Good news for everyone who's been clamoring for PDF rendering in the 
Indy and Community versions of LC.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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