PDF Readers for Windows 7

By captaincranky
Dec 31, 2009
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  1. Has anybody tried the latest version of "Foxit" reader (3.1.4 something something), with Windows 7 yet?

    The program says it's up to Vista only (!) or (?)
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,706   +591

    Tested working on my systems : W7 x64 RC and x64 Pro retail, haven't encountered any problems with the program, or it's addons.
    I have also installed the program on other W7 computers ( 32 bit Home Edition)- owners of the systems have not notified me of any problems running, or for that matter, using it.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 10,016   +716

    Thanks, I'll give it a shot. Anything's got to be better than Adobe Reader 9 and all it's attendant garbage.
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,706   +591

    Anything's got to be better than Adobe.
    /fixed
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    in all reality, I don't know what the hubub is with people and adobe 9. I use it all the time and it's fairly compact, just don't install the other crap along with it. I have tried other pdf viewers and they always have something lacking or they are trialware or some other malware crap. Truly, adobe 9 is a pretty decent program.
  6. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    @Tedster
    Adobe is a good program, personally I've used Foxit for a few years and am quite happy with it.
    I guess the problem with Adobe Acrobat is similar to Internet Explorer,(which is why I use Firefox) the programs are used more so they are the first to be vulnerable to attackers. Adobe has had security issues lately, Foxit never has (that I am aware of).
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,706   +591

    Foxit isn't malware, nor is it trialware.
    It is however, fast loading and plays well with MS Office.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 10,016   +716

    I'm a (was ?) huge fan of Adobe Photoshop Elements. With it's latest invocations, PSE 7 & 8, it's really quite a dog. At least with respect to the organized. It installs Adobe AIR by default, and has a bunch of licensing garbage running, to no purpose, since it's a serial number program, not an activated one. Adobe won't support a patch for version 7.0 to allow it to run on Windows 7, they expect you to buy the newer version 8.0, which nobody seems to like. Oh, it's a hundred bucks at retail.

    Adobe had a free version of the PSE organizer, "Photoshop Album", which was nothing much more than adware that tried to sell PSE. "All your fun's going to end if you don't take this opportunity to upgrade", blah, blah, blah. Basically, Adobe is as greedy as M$.

    The "hub bub" as you call it, is that Adobe Reader is now 38 MB versus 5.1MB for Foxit.
    Foxit does have some crap packed with the installer, but it is easily opted out of.

    I used to install older versions of Adobe Reader to circumvent the BS, but AR 6 won't open many documents in FF without crashing the browser..

    So, I just installed Foxit in one of my XP boxes, the world didn't come to an end, it opens PDF files, and when I click on my Techspot bookmark, I don't wind up at some porn site.

    So far, so good
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    I tend to remove all the other garbage along with it. It may be big, but really - with ram measured in gigabytes and exobytes nowadays I don't think it makes all that much of a difference. Yes. there is a lot of bloatware attached, but I always try to remove as much as possible. I got some old computers here in the house and they do just fine with adobe 9.

    never wound up on a porn site with adobe 9- what are YOU looking at! ha! ;)
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 10,016   +716

    Now you listen here Mister, I can find my own porn, and I don't need Adobe or Foxit to help me, thank you very much.

    And IMO Foxit has a cuter icon, so there... :stickout:

    See, this is what I don't understand about the "Virus and Malware Removal" forum. "All my searches are being redirected to porn sites". And this is a problem why...? :rolleyes:?
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    I think the word 'removal' is essential for porn .......... lol
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 10,016   +716

    Um, I believe the word you're thinking of is, "withdrawal"!
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,706   +591

    Game.Set.Match.
     
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