Sunday, January 17, 2021

Wyze on Patrol

I've posted about my Wyze cameras here and here.

They've been fun but most of the usage is to watch for my family to arrive in the driveway.

A couple of nights ago, a miscreant ran into the brick post holding the sign at the entrance to my neighborhood. I have a Wyze cam pointed right at that sign.

The snippets in the Wyze app gave me a starting place for searching.

The one at 10:54PM turned out to be the one of interest.

Here's the video I extracted.

While you can't really make out the make and model, you can tell that it's a compact SUV headed north. Then it u-turns and leaves.

One of our HOA board members surmised that the driver turned into our neighborhood thinking that he was turning into the apartment complex just beyond this entrance.

He drove through the apartment complex's parking lot and found this.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Edge PDF Viewer

Last week I posted about a Better PDF Viewer in Google Chrome. As I did the research for that, I came across the PDF viewer in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.

Here's what the new Google Chrome PDF viewer looks like:

Here's the same document in the Edge PDF viewer:

There's no Table of Contents panel.

But notice the markups I've made using the viewer.

AND the blue circle at the top right is a SAVE AS button.

Yes, you can markup a PDF and then save that version.

That's nice!

Now, if I could just figure out how to get the Edge PDF viewer to run in Chrome.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Better PDF Viewer in Google Chrome

Viewing PDFs has been a source of vulnerabilities for years, particularly with Adobe's own Acrobat Reader. I don't even want to link to that one.

I've just been using the native PDF viewer in Google's Chrome. My requirements aren't very high. I just want to see the PDF and print it as needed.

Chrome is rolling out a new, more powerful PDF viewer. The update introduces a table of contents, a two-page view option, quick jump support, and more.

To enable the new PDF viewer, follow these steps:
  1. Load chrome://flags/#pdf-viewer-update
  2. Set the PDF Viewer Update flag to Enabled.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

Here's what you'll see in the new PDF viewer:

Clicking on the hamburger menu at the top left will cause the table of contents column to collapse.

It's still not as nice as Firefox's or Edge's but it's better than it was.