Get the Proofscape Browser Extension#
The browser extension works in both Firefox and Chrome. It is available from Firefox Add-Ons today, and should be available in the Chrome Web Store soon! Please stay tuned!
What does the Proofscape browser extension do?#
PDFs from the web open automatically in the ISE
Dedicated on-disk PDF cache avoids repetitive downloads
Why is an extension necessary to download PDFs?#
All modern web browsers impose cross-origin restrictions. This is for your safety, but unfortunately it also hampers legitimate use cases, and prevents us from doing some nifty things that would have otherwise been possible.
When you load the Proofscape ISE, it is delivered to your browser
from one domain, say
pise.alpinemath.org, and your browser therefore won’t let it download PDFs for
you from any other domains besides that one. Unfortunately, the PDFs you want
don’t usually live at
pise.alpinemath.org; they live at other domains like
Luckily, browser extensions can request targeted permissions that once again empower them to do things like download PDFs for you from selected domains, and this is exactly what the Proofsacpe browser extension does.
But PDFs from
arxiv.org already open automatically without the extension?#
Yes, that’s true, but we still recommend using the extension for its dedicated PDF cache.
The operators of
arxiv.org have elected to serve PDFs along with a special HTTP header called
By setting this header equal to “
*” they are essentially saying, “These PDFs may be downloaded by
practice soon. For now, most do not.