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(My problem is actually a little more specific than "is there a way to use different plugins for different browsers" so there might be other solutions)

I'd like to find a way to view pdfs within my browsers using the best plugins for the respective browsers. I have tried various solutions, but nothing works for all browsers

  • Chrome uses its own pdf plugin and ignore the things I installed in the Internet Plug-Ins folder. It works fine so I don't have an issue with it.
  • the built-in Safari plugin works great, and I'd like to keep using it, but I need to figure out something for Firefox, which I also use frequently
  • the schubert|it plugin works but does not allow searching inside the pdf (the built-in Safari plugin let you do that)
  • I dislike the PDF Viewer by Mozilla Lab because it's very slow on my machine, plus it only loads the pages as you scroll down; it gets very annoying after a few pages
  • the Adobe Reader plugin hasn't worked in Firefox in a long time. I'd get an error message saying "Adobe Reader cannot show documents in this browser". It looks like the Adobe Reader doesn't work with Firefox on OS X.

Ideally I'd like to use the OS X built-in pdf viewer within Safari, and schubert|it in Firefox in Firefox (if possible, but if not, I'd stick with the PDF Viewer by Mozilla Lab). Is there a way to use different plugins for different browsers? (Or, are there other solutions?) Thanks!

I am on Mac OS X 10.7.5, Safari 6.0.2, Firefox 17.0.1.

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You always use different plugins for different browsers. What do you mean? – terdon Dec 9 '12 at 13:14
for example, schubert|it plugin gets installed at /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ and both Safari and Firefox would check this directory for plugins at launch. Therefore you cannot install it only for Firefox but not Safari. – ceiling cat Dec 9 '12 at 13:53
Ah, I see, but there should be a browser-specific plugins sub-directory in the settings dir of each browser. Don't have access to a Mac to check right now, I'll post when I can get my hands on one. – terdon Dec 9 '12 at 14:04

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