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Adobe Acrobat Reader has been DROPPED from all my systems, in favor of Foxit

By Andrew Pollack on 09/24/2008 at 07:11 AM EDT

Not just good enough, its better. Foxit Software has a free replacement for Adobe Acrobat Reader for download. They offer a "Pro" pack of additional tools and utilities which are quite good as well, but the free reader is not only good replacement, it is better in many respects.

How is it better? To begin with, its much faster to load. The difference is immediately noticeable. Adding to that, it doesn't bug me with updates every time I load it, then fail to properly install those updates. It doesn't load a process at boot time just so it can pretend to be faster when you do load it.

I removed Acrobat Reader completely from my system first, then installed the Foxit reader, just to make sure there were no conflicts. The only minor issue I had was that the free version of Foxit doesn't have a Firefox plug-in (the Pro version does). To resolve that, I've just set Firefox to open Foxit directly on .PDF files as an external application. I prefer this anyway.

So, Foxit is faster, just as reliable, doesn't crap up my system boot time, and doesn't bug me with updates that I don't want. I may just pay them for the Pro version, I'm so happy with it.

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re: Adobe Acrobat Reader has been DROPPED from all my systems, in favor of FoxitBy Dwight Wilbanks on 09/24/2008 at 01:39 PM EDT
I like Foxit too, although I think that Acrobat has gotten better recently, I
had some problems with Foxit on individual documents, but, instead of really
trying to fix the Foxit problems, I switched back for just those docs. Its
very likely that if I would have taken the time it would not have been an issue.

Next, I need a "real" answer to quicktime with the same bloat problems as
Acrobat. I hate ITunes, so my IPod is collecting dust, yet any time some jerk
publishes something in MOV format, Apple gets control of my system again and
re-enables an ITunes download, that I can only get rid of by registry hacks or
allowing the install. I keep Safari loaded by choice, everything else by Apple
is because I'm unable to find alternatives.
re: Adobe Acrobat Reader has been DROPPED from all my systems, in favor of FoxitBy Charles Robinson on 10/14/2008 at 09:21 AM EDT
The Access ERP software I support makes heavy use of Adobe Acrobat and has it
statically bound. I'm working on replacing it with Foxit because of the
ongoing issues we have with Acrobat. It's really strange to me that Adobe
created the PDF format but their software for working with it is the absolute

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