Adobe Acrobat 6.0
I just hate that the client is so fat now. Click on a pdf, go get a sandwich while Acrobat loads.
I don't even know where to start about how much I hate the Acrobat reader and authoring software, so I won't. Suffice it to say, 6.0 isn't where the problems began.
I love the way Google allows you to view many if not most PDF files through their HTML converter. Saves time and avoids useless bloatware. Of course, I'm typing this on a Windows machine that has 40+ services running ;-)
Seriously, I noticed this too... they must have like solved the halting problem somewhere during the splash screen.
I'm staying with 5.0. Note you have to have at least 4.0 to read a lot of the PDF files that are out there.
I think the Inquirer ( http:///theinquirer.co.uk ) had a good article on speeding up Actobat 6. It boils down to cleaning the plugins folder of all the uselss stuff.
I posted the wrong link above (it's the inquirer that's co.uk)
Great tip! Thanks.
I don't think that the PDF file format is closed. Here are some other available readers:
tekumse, thanks for that link. I'm going to try going back to 4.05 and see if I can still read all my files.
Runs OK (fast enough) on my Dual-1.25 GHz G4. Clicking on PDFs in a browser launches Acrobat, just like I always had my prefs set to. But I'm probably telling this to the wrong audience. :-)
I've just folllowed the advice in the Inquirer article about renaiming the plug-ins folder and the difference in speed is incredible (and the annoying flash screen goes away)
Great tip. Thanks.
Just me (Sir to you)
Since we're going all over the map about PDFs here, I'll throw in my favorite oddball thing: you can make PDFs for free from Windows with a Linux box running Samba--you create a "virtual" printer, share it out through Samba, and any Windows box on your network can print to it. A PDF will be created and stored on the server, which can also be a Samba share. Not perfect, not a replacement for Acrobat, but free & pretty handy.
another nicety: Acrobat tended to freeze up on me a lot when run in the browser until I went into preferences and set the following:
I believe Jaws PDf writer is free; it works like a dream.
Adobe needs to seriously wake up and see that the commanding position that PDF has could erode very rapidly because of the obsolute horridness of the 6.0 reader on both Windows and MacOS. A PDF reader should obviously be extraordinarily lite. Adobe's is clearly no.
I find that Adobe Acrobat 6.0 took very long time to load especially when other applications are running.
Wow, I never realized so many people felt the same as I do about Adobe's horrendous software.
An FYI: If you install the reader or the full version of 6.0 you should first uninstall the previous version (usually 5.0) at the (in Windows) Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs pane. THEN: remove Adobe files and folders in C: and go to registry and delete key in HKEY local machine.
I've removed Adobe Reader 6 from my machine and reinstalled Acrobat Reader 5. Anyone else who has decided to stick with Acrobat Reader 5 might consider downloading the extra font packs for it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrasianfontpack.html while they're still there. (You might think you will never need these, but it's hard to tell. E.g., the PDF for the Exif 2.2 specification doesn't display at all unless you have the Japanese font pack installed, even though it doesn't seem to contain any Japanese characters.)
Fast Web View works only if the distributor of the file used this optimization function when distilling (producing) the file. If he did, the pdf file is prepared for for page-at-a-time downloading or byte serving. Most of the problems sited above are due to incorrect pdf generation not Adobe Acrobat. Most pdf files found on the internet are bloated pigs.
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