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Getting the Actual PDF from viewpdf.co.cc

Today, through the "Canon EOS 3000 User Manual" message thread, I found the http://viewpdf.co.cc/ web site. This ViewPDF search engine web site allows you to find user manuals in PDF formats online. It's very handy. For example, typing in "Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard N5901", I found the instruction for this remote, which I bought recently, right away. However, this search engine only allows you to view the PDF document online, it won't let you download it and save it for yourself.

After playing around with the HTML code of the ViewPDF search engine, I found that it simply uses Google Docs to render the PDF file that your browser downloads from somewhere else. ViewPDF doesn't even host the PDF. And the code shows you where the PDF link. Using the following method, you can download the PDF for your safe keeping.

  1. Find the PDF using the ViewPDF search engine.
  2. While the PDF is shown in your browser, view the page source. On most browser, you right click on a blank portion of the web page and select "view page source".
  3. Search for "http://docs.google.com/gview?url="
  4. The URL right behind that search string, up to the ".pdf" extension, is the link to the PDF file.
  5. Copy and paste that URL into your web browser address bar.
  6. Press ENTER in the address bar to download the PDF to your computer>

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 01 May 2011 18:01:24 +0000

i already visited that http://viewpdf.co.cc website, i actually could download what files i found! so it is very handy, once i thought that's the right doc by viewing it, then i downloaded it straight away by clicking the download button!
thanks for sharing :)

amelie
Wed, 04 May 2011 08:28:07 +0000

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