Webware Radar: Preview PDFs in your browser without downloading them

Also: Acquia launches new search tool for the Drupal 6 content management system; Zynga unveils Scramble Live for the iPhone, iPod Touch; and Conveneer raises $4.5 million.

Ajax DocumentViewer has released a browser helper tool that allows users to view any document in the app's quick preview option. Whenever users find a PDF or Microsoft file type in their browser, they can highlight the link and view it in the Ajax DocumentViewer without downloading it. The free tool is available now and doesn't require any registration.

Acquia, a company that provides open-source software for the Drupal content management system, announced the public beta release of its search tool Wednesday. Those who want to use it can download it from Acquia's site and install it as a module on any Drupal 6 site. According to the company, the search will provide navigation, content recommendations, and configurable results weighting. It's built on a redundant hosted service infrastructure, requiring no servers to deploy or manage. The public beta is free and available now with an Acquia Network subscription.

In other Acquia news, the company also announced that its board has appointed Tom Erickson as chief executive officer. Erickson is a founding board director and has served as chairman of the company since October. Prior to his work with Acquia, he was the CEO of Systinet, a company that was acquired in 2006 for its online service technology. Jay Batson, the former CEO of Acquia, will continue in an executive management role at the company.

Zynga, a social-gaming company that develops mobile apps, announced Wednesday that it has launched Scramble Live for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The company, which also provides the same game for Facebook, will allow iPhone users to play with Facebook users and other players who have the app installed on their devices. Scramble Live is available now for $4.99.

Conveneer, a mobile platform developer, announced Wednesday that it has raised $4.5 million in a round of funding that was led by Industrifonden. According to the company's executives, they plan to put the capital to use on a new mobile platform, which aims at making data on mobile phones accessible on the Web.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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