Monday, August 15, 2011

I'm still using Adobe Reader

Despite the bloat and all the people who hate it, I'm still using Adobe Reader to view PDFs in Windows. Recently, it was slow on one huge PDF on my laptop, so I decided to try out some alternatives.

Sumatra PDF was pretty good and a bit faster, but zooming wasn't as user-friendly. I didn't like Foxit Reader's user interface. It seemed like an old badly designed Linux application. PDF-XChange Viewer was pretty good, but it also had an inferior zooming user interface. The biggest problem was that all three had slow search in large PDFs, without acceleration via saved indexes like Adobe's Fast Find.

It would have been nice to switch to something leaner, but it's not really a problem. I found that disabling 2D graphics acceleration in Adobe Reader resolves the performance issues on my laptop.


Anonymous said...

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Lets say the file is at C:\cygwin\dev
and the nul file is inside dev, so what should i type in cmd to delete the file? please provide a newbie guide. Thanks so much guru

Boris Gjenero said...

Thanks for letting me know that you like my blog.

The command you should use at the Windows command prompt is:

del "\\?\C:\cygwin\dev\nul"