Firefox 106 brings PDF annotations to the browser • The Register
Mozilla has released the latest version of the leading FOSS browser for Linux, Windows, macOS, FreeBSD and mobile operating systems.
firefox edition 106 isn’t a big release, but it does include some welcome new features, with notable improvements in PDF handling and cross-device syncing.
Now the viewer can also annotate PDF documents, which means they can type or handwrite directly on a PDF in a choice of colors, size, line thickness, opacity, etc., then save the PDF file locally, with the new additions. A side effect is that it can display comments in PDF files, which third-party PDF readers often struggle with.
These new capabilities eliminate two problems: first, while you can reasonably expect a random PDF reader app to at least show you the file, some of the alternatives can’t handle things like comments. Second, since malware-laden PDFs are unfortunately still around, the less it is necessary to open a PDF locally, the more it contributes to the security of your system.
The PDF viewer can also access the hidden text layer embedded in some PDF files, for example by OCR applications – and it can transmit this text, for example to screen readers such as Voiceover, for visually impaired users. It can also extract text from images.
Support for the WebRTC set of standards has been improved via libwebrtc version 103, which means better handling of clientless communication applications, including lower latency and better screen sharing. There are also improved Support for Wayland and Pipewire on Linux, including a two-finger swipe gesture to move forward and backward through sites.
A handy new feature is Firefox Viewwhich gives a quick view of recently closed tabs and lets you retrieve the pages you read on Firefox Mobile – obviously excluding activity in private windows.
You can take a look at the release notes here.
Windows and Mac users can grab the new version directly from MozillaComment and it should soon appear in current Linux distributions. ®