Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ditch Acrobat Reader With Foxit

Let's not mince words: Adobe Acrobat Reader is a slow piece of crap. So slow that most people assume it just crashes all the time (as opposed to just half of the time). And to make matters worse, when you close the application, it stays running in the background.

Foxit Reader is a full-fledged replacement for Acrobat Reader, and it's fast and works as well as the older Acrobat Reader.

I highly suggest uninstalling Acrobat Reader first before installing, but I promise it'll be worth the trouble.

My only quabble with Foxit is that it doesn't offer an in-browser plugin for viewing PDF's within the browser, which Acrobat Reader actually had. Running the Foxit app is still better than using Acrobat Reader from within a browser, but if it offered a browser plugin, it would damn near perfect.

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Anonymous said...

Yeah, the only problem I have with Foxit Reader is the process by which you have to sign up.

I don't want to pay for my software. Sometimes in unavoidable, but if possible, I'd prefer to get it for free. That said, I really don't want to pay for some other third party product to get the software I want.

You might want to have a look at Sumatra PDF. It's nowhere near as pretty as Adobe, but it works pretty reliably.

Arvin Bautista said...

Foxit is free, at least the version that competes with the free version of Acrobat. I try to do my best to only feature products that are free on this site, or at least good demo versions.