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Purpose of Adobe PDF Link Helper

May 25, 2011 10:48 PM

I have an idea of what this browser add-on does.

 

AcroPDF.dll

Adobe PDF Browser Control

AKA  Adobe Acrobat Sharepoint OpenDocuments Component

AKA PDF Browser Control

 

Apparently if I disable it PDFs embedded in a page with the <embed> tag fail to function properly.

 

However, I can't find anywhere accurate documentation on what this add-on below does.

 

AcroIEHelperShim.dll

Adobe PDF Link Helper

AKA Adobe PDF Helper for Internet Explorer

AKA AcroIEHelperShim Library

 

IE9 seems to work flawlessly without it.  PDF's still open within the browser with it disabled.  Only if I uncheck Display PDF in Browser in Readers preferences does that cease.

 

So, can someone (hopefully Adobe) entlighten me on what this add-on does, and why I shouldn't just have all employees have this disabled by default?

 

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