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Hey, your docs are showing! Viewing documents in your Windows Store apps

Being able to view documents within your Windows Runtime (C#/XAML) app can be useful for document approval, annotation, and collaboration. Windows gives you some tools to do this using the PDF APIs, but they have some limitations. I’ll help you navigate what Windows provides, as well as provide a survey of third party controls. Rich code-focused demos will center on one of my side projects, a PDF library app called Army Field Manuals.

Pizza will be provided!

As a Senior Consultant with Microsoft, Paul Whitaker has worked on a broad range of AppDev projects, recently helping complete a robust enterprise Windows application for document dissemination. In his spare time (once the kids are asleep), Paul maintains Army Field Manuals, a Windows Store app that organizes a library of public PDF documents for searching and offline viewing. Paul has interacted on multiple occasions with the Windows PDF API team, and has hands-on experience with several of the vendors that provide PDF services for Windows Store apps. In addition to other topics, Paul’s blog ( covers PDF viewing components.

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  • Nevin H.

    Good talk from the Microsoft PDF expert! Perhaps Microsoft will simple include all the PDF software we should need in Visual Studio someday; adding a PDF Save/Print feature to Windows 8+ wouldn't hurt, either.

    April 10, 2014

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