Display PDF on Android

Ralph DiMola rdimola at evergreeninfo.net
Mon Jan 6 12:24:12 EST 2020

Before the PDF Widget was available I used pdfjs(github) with the browser
widget. It's a decent PDF viewer. It does not work directly in the IDE
because one can't open local files on a desktop browser. This is NOT a
restriction on Android so pdfjs works on mobile(including iOS). I used a
local web server for testing in the IDE using pdfjs before the browser
widget was released. The other problem is that the Android OS does not open
PDFs natively. I see this as an Android not an LC issue. If you browse to a
PDF in say... Chrome, the PDF is downloaded and then Android user must
supply a PDF reader. In 2020 I find this ridicules. To get around this in LC
one must intercept the PDF URL and download it to the local storage and the
display using either pdfjs or the PDF Widget.

Fun and Games!

Ralph DiMola
IT Director
Evergreen Information Services
rdimola at evergreeninfo.net

-----Original Message-----
From: use-livecode [mailto:use-livecode-bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf
Of Paul Dupuis via use-livecode
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2020 12:07 PM
To: use-livecode at lists.runrev.com
Cc: Paul Dupuis
Subject: Re: Display PDF on Android

On 1/6/2020 11:28 AM, Klaus major-k via use-livecode wrote:
> You just need to have the appropriate licensed version of LC. Check with
LiveCode, Ltd.
> This widget only comes with LC BUSINESS, not Indy!

Okay, then this (https://quality.livecode.com/show_bug.cgi?id=22521) is not
a really a technical enhancement request.

I would expect LC to have to spend time reviewing the Bugzilla entry to then
just make it as RESOLVED since XPDF widget is available for anyone who pays
for it. Making this an technical enhancement request just doesn'tseem like
the place for a licensing issue.

You would just like the XPDF widget for a lower cost (Indy pricing vs
Business pricing). That is entirely a licensing issue to discuss with
LiveCode, LTD. Ask them for a discount or a special package or something.

Not trying to be an A$$hole or anything, I just think you'd have more
success negotiating some way you can afford to use the XPDF widget.

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