Chrome 47 - Image Credit Warenotice
With the release of the stable build of Chrome 47 on Tuesday, Google included a new PDF viewer in the software with a complete design overhaul, which has gone largely unnoticed.
Chrome 47's New PDF Viewer - Image Credit Warenotice
The new PDF viewer in Chrome is heavily influenced by Google's material design, containing solid colors and shadows instead of an amplitude of gradients like the old Chrome PDF viewer.
There are three buttons in the bottom right corner of the new viewer, all of which change the zoom of the PDF. The top button toggles between a horizontal fit zoom and a vertical fit zoom, while the two buttons below it either increase or decrease the PDF's zoom.
The new PDF viewer's toolbar displays (from left to right):
Chrome's updated PDF viewer is relatively fluid, as the toolbar and three zoom buttons gracefully animate away and back into view as you scroll through the document. This is helpful for concentrating on reading documents since it eliminates all unnecessary clutter from the screen. However, when scrolling through large PDFs, Chrome new PDF viewer tends to lag. It freezes on a certain page for a few seconds while you watch the scroll bar on the right side of the screen follow your scrolling as it typically would. This is odd and annoying, but it may only be a bug that'll be fixed soon, due to the fact that this is a new PDF viewer.
Although Chrome's new PDF viewer may be a little laggy at times when scrolling, it's definitely better than Chrome's old PDF viewer that looked like something straight out of Windows XP. The new viewer's user interface that has been bathed in material design is very pleasant to look at; and its functions are quite helpful as well, like the easily accessible table of contents (available under the bookmarks button). Chrome's new PDF viewer is surely a welcome addition to the software.