PDF.js

Technology Services Group recently published a blogpost which compares PDF.js and OpenAnnotate, unfortunately, all their comparison is based on hypothesis that PDF.js does not support progressive loading:

PDF.js loads the entire PDF into the client via JavaScript. This works fine for moderately large documents (10 pages), however many of our clients have documents in the 300-700 page range. Larger files put a lot of strain on the network, and leaves minimal options when it comes to performance tuning.

Which is actually not true, because PDF.js does support progressive loading since 2013: Implement progressive loading of PDFs, actually, it is more correct to say that PDF.js does support progressive loading since birth, because PDF.js was originally created as a Firefox extension and was included in Mozilla Firefox since 2012 (version 15), and it was enabled by default since 2013 (version 19). Unfortunately, after receiving a couple of valuable comments Technology Services Group embarrassingly decided to remove those comments and close blogpost for further comments:

Those valuable comments were:

  • PDF.js does support PDF annotating capabilities via plugin
  • If TSG thinks that progressive loading does require linearized PDFs, why they do not optimize all PDFs before storing

The most interesting thing here is a fact, that progressive loading does not require linearized PDFs:

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