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Adobe Reader -- Which Is Best To Use? Problematic?


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:36 PM

I have an old version of the Adobe Reader on my old laptop and I never updated. Now that I have a new laptop, I thought I'd install the new Adobe Reader. However, I've read that there's no way to stop it from checking for updates and "calling home" -- and also that it loads something that runs every time you start your computer. :thumbsup:

Am I better off without Adobe Reader? (Though I do have some .pdfs...)

Is there any way around this stuff with the newest version (8.1.1, I believe)?

Or is it better to install an older version? And if so, where can you *safely* get that from?

Any help is appreciated -- thanks!

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:56 PM

http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=acrobat

or an alternative

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

no idea what works with vista tho
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:10 PM

http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=acrobat

or an alternative

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

no idea what works with vista tho


I have XP Home SP2.

That Foxit looks pretty cook (at a cursurary glance). Do you (or anyone here) know much about it? Totally safe? Spyware free? Privacy? Can you turn off updates? Etc...

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:12 PM

I recommend Foxit. No malware. Free. Private. No worries. And the best part is it's lighter-weight than adobe.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:14 PM

I recommend Foxit. No malware. Free. Private. No worries. And the best part is it's lighter-weight than adobe.


But don't you have to sign up for some sponsor thing to get it for free...? (Any way around that...?)

Or any further thoughts about which Adobe to use or how to "beat" it...?

Edited by bloomcounty, 27 December 2007 - 01:15 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:20 PM

But don't you have to sign up for some sponsor thing to get it for free...?

No.

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader_2/down_reader.htm
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:48 PM

So which of these am I supposed to download?

* Download Foxit Reader 2.2 (Installer: .exe, 2.13 MB)
* Download Foxit Reader 2.2 (ZIP Package: .zip, 2.45 MB)
* Download Foxit Reader 2.2 (.msi) (.msi, 3.65 MB)
* Download Foxit Reader 2.2 with Toolbar (.exe, 3.36 MB)

I don't want the toolbar, so I I guess that one's not it.

I don't know what .msi is... what is that?

Does the .zip package contain all that stuff?

I'm guessing the first one (Installer) is the right one... but I want to make sure.

Thanks for the help!

Edited by bloomcounty, 27 December 2007 - 01:48 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:56 PM

You can any of them you want.

The last one has a toolbar.
The installer is a .exe file that will install Foxit.
The ZIP Package is a compressed file with all the necessary Foxit files. It probably has a .exe file inside it for you to run.
The MSI file is a Microsoft Installer, which you execute like the .exe.

Basically, the first three are different ways to get the same result.

If in doubt, use the installer .exe file.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:26 PM

Foxit is awesome! Thanks!
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