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fancybox vs PDF.js: What are the differences?

Developers describe fancybox as "JavaScript lightbox library for presenting various types of media". It is a tool that offers a nice and elegant way to add zooming functionality for images, html content and multi-media on your webpages. It is built on the top of the popular JavaScript framework jQuery and is both easy to implement and a snap to customize. On the other hand, PDF.js is detailed as "A general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering PDFs". It is a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer that is built with HTML5. It is community-driven and supported by Mozilla Labs. The goal is to create a general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering PDFs.

fancybox and PDF.js can be categorized as "Javascript Utilities & Libraries" tools.

Some of the features offered by fancybox are:

  • Looks great on every device
  • Swipe to navigate, spread/pinch to zoom in/out supported on touch devices
  • Supports most popular sites as YouTube, Vimeo and Google maps out of the box

On the other hand, PDF.js provides the following key features:

  • General-purpose
  • Platform for parsing and rendering PDFs
  • Built with HTML5

fancybox and PDF.js are both open source tools. It seems that PDF.js with 27.8K GitHub stars and 6.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than fancybox with 6.36K GitHub stars and 1.58K GitHub forks.

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What is fancybox?

It is a tool that offers a nice and elegant way to add zooming functionality for images, html content and multi-media on your webpages. It is built on the top of the popular JavaScript framework jQuery and is both easy to implement and a snap to customize.

What is PDF.js?

It is a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer that is built with HTML5. It is community-driven and supported by Mozilla Labs. The goal is to create a general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering PDFs.

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What are some alternatives to fancybox and PDF.js?
Bootstrap
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Modernizr
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Modernizr
It’s a collection of superfast tests or detects as we like to call them which run as your web page loads, then you can use the results to tailor the experience to the user. It tells you what HTML, CSS and JavaScript features the user’s browser has to offer.
Lodash
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