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Rant Adobe Reader Updates Necessitate Windows Restarts?

Discussion in 'General' started by TheMusician, 26 Jul 2009.

  1. TheMusician

    TheMusician Audio/Tech Enthusiast/Historian

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    I absolutely dread how horrid Adobe Reader is. It's a PDF document viewer, for crying out loud, and yet it's so bloated and apt on getting "updates", which after downloading and installing, require Windows to be restarted.

    What in the world is it possibly doing that needs Windows to restart?

    While Adobe Reader has improved a TON since the versions 7 and 8, it still has a ways to go to be reasonable.

    It's powerful, in that it has the capability of reading documents- it will decipher handwriting and scanned print, which is of great value. The thing is, that's it- and I don't see that necessitating restarts after updating, which for some reason with adobe requires a separate process called "AdobeUpdater". :miffed:

    Also, for the large majority of us, we don't need it to read scanned print. I'm thinking they should keep that feature as a plugin, rather than being so integrated and requiring the software to be so blasted annoying.

    What do you think?

    Check this site out to look more into these issues: http://www.dearadobe.com/.
     
  2. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    it's not reader that needs to restart, it's all the other crap that adobe slides in with it like their new 'air' framework and stuff. and now flash is starting to go through adobeupdater too, it's only a matter of time before that is just as bad.

    use sumatra or foxit reader instead.
     
  3. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Another vote for foxit
     
  4. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    You know, it's really sad that a different company can do a better product then the original creator of the format.
     
  5. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Wetsander

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    I (what, third? Fourth?) that vote for Foxit.
     
  6. smashie

    smashie Cupid Stunt

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    foxit Cheesecake

    Adobe Portable Document Format has gone from a very useful file format (if you don't want content changed) to a bloated chunk of crap.

    PDF stopped me having to fax or post contracts or tenders, but now, screw it it's one of the biggest risks out there.

    m:/
     
  7. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    The other day i was slimming down my servers HDD, and found that Adobe 9 was a good 250Mb to which i laughed and hit the magic, remove button. installed foxit on there as a just in case PDF viewer.

    Its seriously become become beyond stupid!
     
  8. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    I vote to kill off PDF's... I mean with Microsoft Office (I think OpenOffice as well can do this) you can lock documents, include used fonts which renders PDF useless.
    Alternatively, we have XPS format which we can all create and view (well not if you are under Mac OS or Linux at the moment).
     
  9. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    Another vote for Foxit

    But wouldn't this mean that only keep the format locked on computers with the same software (Microsoft Office or OpenOffice). The one time I've ever created a PDF was to print off coursework that I'd written in OpenOffice but had to be printed in Microsoft Office - saving it as a Microsoft Office file messed up the formatting but saving it as a PDF to print worked perfectly.
     
  10. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Well DOCX is XML based format, which is now open, OpenOffice should/could/can support it.
    And again you have XPS which is Microsoft PDF version. Which so far, shows itself very promising compared to Adobe bloated software. All it needs is a Mac OS and Linux reader/writer.
     
  11. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    goodbytes, your argument seems to center on the fact that there is no good PDF support in windows. foxit and sumatra both have great compatibility, and are nice light free applications. and the pdf readers included in OSX and linux are quite excellent. there is absolutely nothing wrong with PDF, and no reason at all to be using adobe's crap software. switching to microsofts more restricted, more bloated formats is hardly a solution.
     
  12. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    nonono.. don't get me wrong, I have foxit reader. I was just presenting alternatives.
     

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