Atalasoft's 31 Apps in 31 Days

ThinDoc: Zero Footprint Full Screen Adobe-Free PDF Viewer

Welcome to the 23rd of 31 applications we will post (in addition to the contest participants' submissions). Make sure you add this blog to your RSS / Atom feed and check the gallery for summaries of all the apps as they are released.

PDF is, by far, the most ubiquitous document format on the internet. Many sites, including our own, put white papers on the internet in Portable Document Format. Unfortunately viewing some of these documents requires downloading hundreds of pages and if you do not have Foxit or Adobe Reader, you've got to go download that too. Granted, in this day-and-age, that's highly unlikely.

Wouldn't it be amazing if there was a website that let me view PDFs in a no-download-required viewer? It would be even better if it let me change the links to the PDFs on my site so that my customers didn't have to download the PDFs either. Oh, and if that's not asking enough, it would be awesome if I had a bookmarklet that would make all PDFs open in that viewer by default at the click of a button.

Well, looks like all those prayers have been answered today!

Introducing ThinDoc: a Zero Footprint Full Screen PDF Viewer.


How to Use

Check out these documents:

Get the Bookmarklet:

Check out the ThinDoc: About page to learn how to get the ThinDoc Bookmarklet and open all online PDFs in ThinDoc. 

Add this script to your site: 

Add the following code to the end of any HTML page that contains links to PDF documents. This method only works if the link is pointing to files ending in "pdf". Due to some limitations of our blogging software, if you plan oncopying the script, I recommend you do so at the ThinDoc: Aboutpage.

<script type="text/javascript">

   (function() {
       var i;
       for(i = 0; i < document.links.length; i++) {
           var url = document.links[i].href;
           if((url.substring(url.length-3, url.length) == 'pdf' || url.substring(url.length-3, url.length) == 'tif') && url.indexOf('?') == -1) {
               document.links[i].href = 'BLOCKED SCRIPTwindow.open(\'http://www.atalasoft.com/31apps/ThinDoc/?url=' + escape(url) + '\',\'_thindoc\');';document.links[i].target = '_thindoc';


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Published Friday, May 23, 2008 10:00 AM by jacobl



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My company brings web development and hosting services, and some of

my customers are NGOs that have several/lots of PDF files online, most

of them are big, so reading them with Adobe Acrobat are always a problem,

mostly by users with low powered computers.

My question is if I can feel freely to recomend to use your free tool.

I even was planning to make an article in my blog, explaining how to use it.

BTW, I was courious if there is similar tool for Autocad images.

June 14, 2009 2:22 PM
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