Adobe Reader question!

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  1. ratchet

    ratchet Registered Member

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    I'm currently using Nitro and love it, especially it's GUI. I haven't used Adobe for years, having used Foxit, PDF-XChange and now Nitro, and have no intention of going back to Adobe. I was just curious as to what it's like now days? I know it often has security issues and it was really slow to load (the reason I dumped it) but I thought over the years there were accelerators to speed it up. So do you all still hate it?
     
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    In a nutshell, yes. I've only recently converted to PDF X-Change & I haven't regretted it.
     
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    Version X (10) loads really fast. Plus, it makes no difference what PDF reader you use, if you know how to secure; and now it includes a sandbox like IE Protected Mode/Chromium's sandbox.

    I never hated it. I did dislike the seconds it took previous versions to load, but Adobe managed to speed it up a lot with version 10.
     
  4. ratchet

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    Thanks for the input! I have Sandboxie configured to open pdf (with Nitro) sandboxed so I good to go there anyway. I am somewhat tempted to try it as occasionally I'll be on a site that kind of "demands" that Adobe is available.
     
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    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    I tried most PDF Readers and/or Editors: Foxit Reader/Phantom, Nitro, PDF X-Change etc.
    Since it was released, Adobe Reader X has been nice to my PCs...
     
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  6. pajenn

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    I mainly use the Pro version (Adobe Acrobat Pro X), but I install their free Reader on secondary computers. It's still huge compared to other PDF Readers, but also faster and better than previous Adobe Acrobats.

    Reasons to use:

    1) It's the industry standard, so if you plan to share a pdf with someone, chances are they will open it with Adobe Acrobat and therefore you might want to know how the pdf looks to them (especially if it's your resume or similar). The same pdf file often looks slightly different on different pdf readers.

    2) Adobe offers more advanced features than other pdf readers. For most people that's never an issue, but if your pdf includes things like animation, video illustrations or 3D objects (think of a presentation), then other pdf readers may fail to display those.

    Reasons to hesitate before installing Acrobat:

    1) Size and bloat!! I'm looking at Adobe Acrobat Pro X on my computer right now [obviously Adobe Acrobat Reader X is lighter], and it consists of about 1 GB in the main Program Files folder + more elsewhere (Revo Uninstaller reports the size as 2 GB). For comparison, PDF-XChange Pro 4 clocks in at 45 MB in the main folder (Revo puts it at 60 MB). The installation of Adobe added about 2000 new keys to my registry (includes both parent keys and subkeys, but not their values or data entries), and another 2000 keys on the first run. The comparable figures for PDF-XChange are 400 and 700, respectively, which is still a lot. In terms of auto-starts, Acrobat Pro adds the Assistant, Speed Launcher and Reader-Manager thing (ARM), plus another 3 BHOs for IE and a toolbar entry. I disable them all, and Acrobat still runs nicely and surprisingly fast given the size, but I prefer PDF-XChange, Foxit or similar for use as my default pdf reader/printer. Acrobat is there for backup or when I need a heavy caliber PDF tool for something serious.
     
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    I use Adobe Reader X now and have no issues or problems with it at all. I have used the free ones over the years also, but now prefer Adobe. Seems to work best overall. Much faster these days too.
     
  8. Rmus

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    I still use Acrobat v.6 on my desktop system, and my laptop came with v.9. I use just the basic reader functions, so I've not needed to upgrade for the extra features.

    As long as I keep the browser plugin disabled, no web-embedded PDF exploit can load the file into the browser window, hence, the exploit cannot trigger.

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  9. Anna001

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    It is still too bulky and slow.It always take too longer to open a PDF file.
    I am now using the Foxit Reader 4.3.0.It is really a lightweight solution to view PDF files.:D It will not make you regret :)
     
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