Have you ever been on a computer at a cafe, library, or school that doesn’t have a PDF reader? In cases like that you need a handy online PDF viewer that will do the dirty work for you, without installing a single thing on the computer.
Samuraj Data is the perfect online PDF reader because it doesn’t require any registration, and it’s fast! All you have to do is specify the location of the PDF file, which can be on the Web or a file on the computer, and then hit the View button. You’ll instantly see the download and conversion status on the screen in a terminal-like fashion. All PDF’s are converted to images, and after the download is completed the process will wrap up rather quickly. It took under 30 seconds for it to download and convert most of the PDF’s that I threw at it.
As you can see in the screenshot above the interface for navigating a PDF is rather bare, but in return you get a fast and intuitive experience. There are keyboard shortcuts available to navigate from one page to another, or you can click the View All link to have all of the pages displayed one after another. And clicking on an image will bring up the full-size version.
There might be better online PDF readers or viewers out there, but it will be hard to find one that is as simple and fast as Samuraj Data. And in addition to handling PDF files it can also open PostScript and Microsoft Word DOC files.
I would give it a 10 out of 10 if they offered a slightly better interface and more than 256 colors when viewing the PDF’s. ;)