We’ve been hard at work for the past few months on a major rewrite of our Chrome Extension to improve the performance and reliability of it while also improving how the extension works when opening files. This is a big change, and addresses the biggest complaint we hear from districts trying to roll out the Kami Extension: “why has Kami hijacked my PDFs”. Since the Chrome Extension is critical to deployments, if you notice anything weird or unusual about the way Kami integrates or works with Chromebooks or other devices, let us know.
New ‘Open With Kami’ Button
With the new extension, you will now be able to have PDF files load in the normal Chrome PDF reader, and then click the ‘Open With Kami’ button when you want the extra features of Kami. Here’s what it looks like:
This will be the new default going forward, but you can still change your settings to automatically open all PDF files into Kami if you prefer that.
Improved Performance and Reliability
There’s also a significant improvement in performance and reliability in our new Extension. The Kami Chrome Extension now uses our ‘Web Version’ (at https://web.kamihq.com) to display the files, meaning that each tab runs independently, which will solve problems with opening many documents at once which used to occur on some computers. The size of the extension has also been reduced from 15MB to 150KB, so it’ll be faster to install when logging into a new computer. Also, as the Extension is now unified with the Web Version, the only version of Kami that you are required to be logged into is the web version.
The new extension will be rolling out over the next week or so. If you’d like to try it immediately, you can uninstall the current version and reinstall from the Chrome Web Store, which will get you the latest version right away.
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