Scott Hanselman

The end of Adobe Acrobat - Thank you Foxit

December 27, '05 Comments [14] Posted in Musings
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That's it. I've had it. Acrobat has crashed my (and my family's) computers for the last time. I'm officially over it and I'm using Foxit's Reader exclusively as my default PDF Reader. I'm now living in an Adobe Free Zone.

Other than not crashing, the other fantastic feature is the ability to type on any document. That means I can fill out forms that weren't set up as PDF Forms. That alone is reason to switch.

Here's my math:

Firefox + Foxit Reader > IE + Acrobat

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005 12:16:14 AM UTC
Excellent Scott. Now find us a non-sucky solution for Outlook ;)
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 2:28:35 AM UTC
I don't understand what it buys you. You still have a read-only PDF file. Until, I can copy and paste this puppy into word and keep formatting - the utility is useless.

Regards
rizzo
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 4:19:12 AM UTC
Scott,
It's nice (anything would be better than the time that it takes Acrobat to open a file in Firefox), but do you know how to better integrate it with Firefox? I changed it so that it opens when I click on a PDF file, but it opens it in a separate window. Acrobat used to open PDF files in a new tab for me. Any way to get it to do that?
-RS
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 6:09:03 AM UTC
Installed. Thanks, Scott i've been itching for a replacement for Acrobat. Adob) really needs competition to get them rolling on improving their horrible reader. Foxit has potential.

Thanks!
-john
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 8:42:40 AM UTC
Wow. Been looking for this for a while. Good thing I'm subscribed. This thing is 2.5 MB and lets me edit the document! Acrobat bloat begone. Thank you.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 1:40:46 PM UTC
I'm in, we should start an I hate Adobe club;)

http://thedailywtf.com/forums/17/ShowForum.aspx
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 2:13:49 PM UTC
Great find Scott. I've grown weary of having to deal with slow load times and errant Adobe processes just to read basic PDF documents. When I opened a large Patterns & Practices PDF, Foxit Reader used about 1/2 the memory that Adobe Reader used when opening the same file (16MB vs 32MB).

Another great feature is that there is no installation routine. You just copy and run the exe and it prompts you whether to set the .PDF association. Perfect for the USB key.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:11:57 PM UTC
I made the move to Foxit about a month ago and I'm not regreting it one bit. Excellent piece of software.

You might want to check out PDFCreator too. It will create a pseudo-printer for you, just like Distiller, so you can create PDFs from any app that prints.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:39:56 PM UTC
You "Hanselman-ed" the server! :)

Like a slashdotting, but only seems to appear on nifty software sites.

I only say that because the download speed was horrible....
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 4:33:36 PM UTC
Agreed. Made the switch a couple months ago. I too am glad to be rid of acrobat - it has always left a bad taste in my mouth.
Paolo
Thursday, December 29, 2005 8:16:07 AM UTC
Sure is Lite, but section bookmarks don't work.
Thursday, December 29, 2005 9:34:58 PM UTC
Me smell a lawsuite coming here.
Friday, December 30, 2005 11:14:00 AM UTC
What took you so long? :->

I ranted about Acrobat earlier this year, and FoxIt was the manyfold recommendation. Since then Acrobat is off my system. What amazes me however is the fervor of the comments that keep on coming...
Friday, March 10, 2006 3:52:32 PM UTC
I like Foxit and Firefox too, but I don't understand what they have to do with each other. I also like IE because it uses less resources and seems a lot faster than Firefox, so I don't see the equation as being the same. Unfortunately there are still a lot of forms I use so I still have to keep acrobat 7 installed. I wish there was a quick switch option too so when I clicked a link I could have it load in either one.
John
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