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Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files. Adobe Reader provides industry-leading security; its Protected Mode helps safeguard your computer software and data from malicious code. It also enables a new level of end-user interaction thanks to the ability to natively display rich media content created with Adobe Flash

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I generally use third party software because i find it to be more stable, and use less resources, however, i will give it a go and see if they have made any improvements to make me want to go back.

Performance is smoother However,

Adobe Acrobat Reader XI Uses around 111 of Ram whereas Foxit uses only 9Mb of ram to open the same PDF file.

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Thx. Installed and works well.

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Preview in OS X
Foxit in Windows

Never again am I going to use Adobe's solution when I have the chance to ignore it.

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[quote name='littleneutrino' timestamp='1350266582' post='595247733']
I generally use third party software because i find it to be more stable, and use less resources, however, i will give it a go and see if they have made any improvements to make me want to go back.

Performance is smoother However,

Adobe Acrobat Reader XI Uses around 111 of Ram whereas Foxit uses only 9Mb of ram to open the same PDF file.
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Same but 138mb for Acrobat and 11mb for foxit to open the same pdf. I have 12gb of ram though so it don't matter either way but i prefer foxit so it stays

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It seems people are forgetting that so far, Adobe Reader is the only reader that actually bothers to implement a sandbox (excluding the Windows 8 PDF reader). Using other PDF viewers is the same as using say Opera, the "security" you gain is nothing other than it's low popularity. Even alternate PDF viewers have to push updates to fix exploits, and there have been several exploits for Reader 9 this year... but they don't run on Reader 10 due to the sandbox. It appears that Reader 11 has improved on it.

Note: I'm not endorsing the use of Adobe Reader (I use Windows 8's reader due to its sandbox) I'm just saying it might not be wise to just shrug it off :)

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[quote name='Colin McGregor' timestamp='1350269978' post='595247827']
Same but 138mb for Acrobat and 11mb for foxit to open the same pdf. I have 12gb of ram though so it don't matter either way but i prefer foxit so it stays
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Use Reader not Acrobat.. Acrobat loads tons of tools and features for authoring PDF files. That's why it's so big.

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Adobe Reader 8 & 9 was an absolute dog, and a lot of people switched to Foxit because of this.
Reader 10 (and now 11) is not so bad on a PC which is at least a Pentium 4, even if it uses more memory, it has 100% compatibility, has automatic update and it doesn't bundle other software with the updates (like Foxit)

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Adobe Reader is bloatware, to which most have switched to third party pdf readers.

For me it's Foxit. I don't read a lot of pdf's, but when I do, Foxit takes the cake.

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wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole, and neobond holding it....I stray away from "reader"...foxit, or any other open source solution works best for my personal needs. Personally, I feel bad when/if people think they need either "adobe", or "adobe reader", or just "reader"....makes me cringe. So many alternatives that are way less hassle. But that's just my two pennies....YMMV. ;)

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[quote name='Marshall' timestamp='1350283136' post='595248025']
Adobe Reader is bloatware, to which most have switched to third party pdf readers.

For me it's Foxit. I don't read a lot of pdf's, but when I do, Foxit takes the cake.
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I don't always read pdf's, but when I do, I read them in Foxit!

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Adobe Reader or bust for me. I don't begrudge it the use of ~100MB of RAM, and it's nice and fast. It's also boatloads more secure (actually important), supports more features and generally does a better job rendering. I've found Foxit to be a bit iffy with PDFs now and then.

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If you use Chrome you can avoid installing another PDF reader because you can just associate chrome to open PDF files, same for Firefox with the PDF.js plugin (that still needs lot of improvements though).

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Thanks for the heads up!

Definately sticking with Adobe Reader. (Y) The alternatives don't even come close to being good for various reasons.

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Already posted:

http://www.neowin.net/news/adobe-reader-xi-11000

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Hello,

I noticed that an MSI version of the installer can be found at [url="ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/11.x/11.0.00/en_US/AdbeRdr11000_en_US.msi"]ftp://ftp.adobe.com/...1000_en_US.msi[/url]

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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I deploy Acrobat Reader in companies, because Foxit/X-Change are free for personal use only.

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I have found Sumatra PDF to be the fastest (and also the most light-weight on system resources)... http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

Does Foxit have PDF forms support?

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[quote name='68k' timestamp='1350293392' post='595248239']
I have found Sumatra PDF to be the fastest (and also the most light-weight on system resources)... [url="http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html"]http://blog.kowalczy...pdf-reader.html[/url]
Does Foxit have PDF forms support?
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Maybe smallest PDF reader, but not fastest by any means. Adobe Reader is very fast rendering complex pages. And also for comparison I just tested Sumatra PDF portable version, and it has noticeable worse text rendering than Adobe Reader.

Here is a comparison of text rendering. Done at presentation i.e. full screen, 1920x1200, the bitmapped image is zoomed to 300%.
Left one is Adobe Reader, right one is Sumatra. At 100%, Adobe Reader looks great, easy to read and smooth text. Sumatra looked slightly jagged.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/7pQyL.png[/img]

I've still to find another PDF-reader that is as fast and renders text and graphics as good as Adobe Reader. I've tested Foxit earlier, but not the latest one. Didn't find it to be as good as many say, but worth a new try I guess.

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To me the question which PDF reader to use comes down to compatibility. There are several complex .pdf files at work 3rd party PDF readers choke on - so Adobe Reader it is.

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Yeah, I still have Adobe Reader as my default since it renders almost all my PDFs well. Foxit is there for the tabs :p

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I use Notepad to read PDFs because it takes up less memory!!111

Why are release threads for popular software used as a platform to soapbox alternatives?
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Yeah, at work only Adobe reader will do since we have to deal with government regulations and government PDF's.

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[quote name='Buio' timestamp='1350440109' post='595252347']
Maybe smallest PDF reader, but not fastest by any means. Adobe Reader is very fast rendering complex pages. And also for comparison I just tested Sumatra PDF portable version, and it has noticeable worse text rendering than Adobe Reader.

Here is a comparison of text rendering. Done at presentation i.e. full screen, 1920x1200, the bitmapped image is zoomed to 300%.
Left one is Adobe Reader, right one is Sumatra. At 100%, Adobe Reader looks great, easy to read and smooth text. Sumatra looked slightly jagged.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/7pQyL.png[/img]

I've still to find another PDF-reader that is as fast and renders text and graphics as good as Adobe Reader. I've tested Foxit earlier, but not the latest one. Didn't find it to be as good as many say, but worth a new try I guess.
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Test with complex vector diagrams instead (they stress the PDF reader a lot more than just text). In my case, I refer to many (vector based) circuit diagrams, and I need something that renders as fast as possible, while panning around and zooming in and out on the document.

For example, try this file: [url="http://www.jordansmanuals.com/ServiceManuals%5CLG%5CTV%5CPROJECTION%5CRT56NZ23RB%5CRT-56NZ23RB%20Service%20Manual.pdf"]http://www.jordansma...ce%20Manual.pdf[/url]

Pages 34 and 35 contain a complex PCB diagram (vector based, not bitmap). Pages 67 and 68 contain a complex circuit diagram. They should take a few seconds to render either way (at least that's the case on my Core 2 processor).

On my end, Sumatra PDF came out being the fastest PDF reader - it was even faster than Foxit (which was, in turn, faster than Adobe Reader [10]).

The Sumatra PDF web browser plugin is really efficient too - I've never had any issues, and it's always been very responsive. It also has some nice shortcuts.

I only have Adobe Reader [10] installed for forms support when I need it. I will try version 11 out soon - perhaps there could actually be a difference (at last!), but I doubt it - I first used version 4, and watched it become bloated with features I will never use (such as Adobe AIR, and 3D models embedded in PDFs).

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[quote name='68k' timestamp='1350556199' post='595255551']
Test with complex vector diagrams instead (they stress the PDF reader a lot more than just text). In my case, I refer to many (vector based) circuit diagrams, and I need something that renders as fast as possible, while panning around and zooming in and out on the document.

For example, try this file: [url="http://www.jordansmanuals.com/ServiceManuals%5CLG%5CTV%5CPROJECTION%5CRT56NZ23RB%5CRT-56NZ23RB%20Service%20Manual.pdf"]http://www.jordansma...ce%20Manual.pdf[/url]

Pages 34 and 35 contain a complex PCB diagram (vector based, not bitmap). Pages 67 and 68 contain a complex circuit diagram. They should take a few seconds to render either way (at least that's the case on my Core 2 processor).
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Thanks, I tested with it. Just did a simple spam next page key press to see how fast it can browse through complex pages. From a very unscientific test, Sumatra felt fast even though the difference was fairly minimal. I agree for it's lightness and speed it's a good alternative.

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