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Adobe Acrobat 6.0

Hi All,

Recently installed Acrobat 6.0 on my machine. It is bit heavy on Memory but there is one thing which I absolutely HATE.

I have set up preferences to NOT TO DISPLAY PDF in browser. Still, whenever I click on PDF link it will try to open it there itself instead of popping up the Open/Save dialog box. Did Adobe test their product properly OR I am having problem with my machine??

Anyone else faced similar prob?
JD

JD
Thursday, August 21, 2003

I just hate that the client is so fat now. Click on a pdf, go get a sandwich while Acrobat loads.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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 run mozilla and delete the acrobat plugin from where it sits in the Acrobat directory and that makes it a little more tollerable.

Flamebait Sr.
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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 ;-)

StickyWicket
Thursday, August 21, 2003

Seriously, I noticed this too... they must have like solved the halting problem somewhere during the splash screen.

I guess it is proprietary so there is no lightweight reader alternative.  Anyone know a good version to downgrade to?  What is the advantage of upgrading to 6.0 over 5.0?  Are there some PDFs you can't read?  I never had a problem with 5.0, I just reinstalled my OS and got 6.0 when I went to the Adobe website.

Andy
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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.

By the way, this splash screen that also happens to display PDF files is no longer called "Acrobat Reader" it's called "Adobe Reader 6.0".

Nate Silva
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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.

tekumse
Thursday, August 21, 2003

I posted the wrong link above (it's the inquirer that's co.uk)

http://theinquirer.net/?article=11041

tekumse
Thursday, August 21, 2003

Great tip!  Thanks.

Scot
Thursday, August 21, 2003

I don't think that the PDF file format is closed.  Here are some other available readers:

XPDF http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/

Ghost Reader http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

You can even make your own with ImageMagick http://www.imagemagick.org/

Wayne
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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.

Andy
Friday, August 22, 2003

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. :-)

brian
Friday, August 22, 2003

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)

Stephen Jones
Friday, August 22, 2003

Great tip. Thanks.
Acrobat has always been a thorn in my side. It is one of the least stable, but unfortunately nescessary, pieces of code on my system.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, August 22, 2003

tekumse

thanks, much faster now.

Prakash S
Friday, August 22, 2003

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.

http://www.newbox.org/samba.html

brian
Friday, August 22, 2003

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:

Under "Updates"
------------------

"Check for Updates": "Manually"
"Show Auto-Update confirmation dialog": OFF
"Display notification dialog at startup": OFF


Under "Internet"
-----------------

"Allow fast web view": OFF
"Allow speculative downloading in the background": OFF.

and notched "Connection Speed" up to the approximate speed of my DSL line from 56k.  Not that Acrobat should need to know my connection speed, or that I have any idea what it does with that information.

Anyway, I did all those things at once, and manufacturers' data sheets stopped hanging my browser. 

Brent

Brent
Friday, August 22, 2003

I believe Jaws PDf writer is free; it works like a dream.

Stephen Jones
Saturday, August 23, 2003

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.

http://www.schubert-it.com/ has a great plug-in for MacOS/Safari.

pb
Tuesday, September 02, 2003

I find that Adobe Acrobat 6.0 took very long time to load especially when other applications are running.

I am actually looking for the crack for this software.
Would appreciate that if anyone does know, do let me know.
Thanks!!

Alvin Goh
Sunday, September 07, 2003

Wow, I never realized so many people felt the same as I do about Adobe's horrendous software.

In addition to all the beefs everyone else has enumerated, one of mine is that there is no help available for the preferences.

Just what is "Allow fast web view" in the Internet Preferences?

Try right click for context sensitive help.  None.

Press F1 for help.  None.

Exit preferences and search help on "Allow fast web view".  Nothing found.

And they want me to download the software I'd have to pay for?

Thanks for the tips on the alternate readers!

Scott
Saturday, March 13, 2004

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.
If you don't do these things your install may work. If you choose not to do these things and your upgrade to 6.0 fails then you'll need to perform these functions before you'll be able to open or create a pdf.
I'm not including a roadmap for this process on purpose: if you are not familiar with how to do what I'm advising please contact trusted support personnel before attempting to edit your registry.

Peter Finn
Friday, April 02, 2004

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.)

Stephen
Sunday, May 16, 2004

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.

H Munson
Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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