[linux] Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux entirely bogus?
hkdb at u.washington.edu
Mon May 16 10:56:16 PDT 2005
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Like many, xpdf is a choice of mine for alternatives but Acrobat 7 for
Linux has treated me quite well. In fact, it's become my main PDF
viewer. In terms of resource usage, it does seem a bit more demanding
(just a little more) than something lightweight like xpdf and gpdf but
the functionality and looks really make up for it. The quality of PDFs
seem to be displayed better too in acroread.
I have heard good things about evince but I haven't really used it
Jeremy Yu Hin Cheng
Undergraduate: Informatics, Economics
Cert. Program: Information Assurance
University of Washington
hkdb at u.washington.edu
KFP = E455 5C22 6F14 1BF9 D84D 6232 584B 2D35 6466 2FD3
Yi Qiang wrote:
> RL 'Bob' Morgan wrote:
>>>In my job I'm obliged to read lots of PDFs, and have always found the
>>>Adobe (Acrobat, mumble, whatever name they pick today) readers to be
>>>marginal but still the most likely to work reasonably. I was excited
>>>that they were coming out, at long last with a 7.0 version more or less
>>>matching other platforms. Now that I've used it for a bit I'd have to
>>>say that it is the most appallingly horrible piece of software I've ever
>>>seen released by a major software house.
>>>First of all it uses the everything-in-one-window approach that probably
>>>made sense for Windows 3.1 applications but is profoundly suboptimal at
>>>this late date. I have been known to have a dozen or so PDFs open at
>>>once, looking at the alongside web pages, word-processing docs, emacs
>>>windows, etc, grouping all these things by topic rather than by the app
>>>that handles them. But Reader 7.0 says they all have to be in one
>>>window. I guess the way around this is to use the plugin to read these
>>>docs in my web browser. Besides being wasteful of screen space, I have
>>>always found this to be the best way to get my browser to crash, so this
>>>isn't much of an option.
>>>But far worse really is the fact that the program is an unbelievable CPU
>>>and memory hog. I just started it up, opened one document, and waited a
>>>few hours. Now the acroread process appears to be chugging along at 15%
>>>CPU (which really sucks when running on battery; did I mention my system
>>>is a laptop?) and is up to about 500M in size (so I killed it before it
>>>took over completely). What are these people thinking?
>>>So is it just me? Can they really have put out a package this awful?
>>>Btw I'm running an IBM ThinkPad X31 with 1G memory, and FC3. I guess
>>>I'll go back to 5.10, or look around for other possibilities (I've seen
>>>claims that KPDF is good, but I'm not a KDE user).
>>> - RL "Bob"
> You might want to try 'evince'. It's still in the very early stages of
> development but already extremely usable.
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