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Would there be any disadvantages to ditching Adobe Reader


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#1 PhotoAce

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 10:59 PM

and using the PDF reader in Chrome?



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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:12 PM

Chrome PDF = quick view, very efficient

Adobe = necessary for annotation, signature, add text or comments; faster for multiple pages. Would not advise ditching Adobe.



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:01 AM

I completely removed adobe reader from MY computer and have been comfortable for several months using PDF-X Change Viewer.  Google Chrome is available on someone else's machine, but I also have a Chrome alternative on MY computer.

 

In other words, yes, you should be able to do well without adobe reader.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 01:12 AM

If you need to edit PDF files in any way then I would recommend using Adobe Reader.

If you only need to read them (as I am), then ditch Adobe Reader and use the built-in Chrome reader.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 03:06 PM

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I have changed the default program for PDFs to Chrome, but I won't delete Adobe Reader yet.



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:46 PM

As someone who reads pdf files but doesn't need to edit them I ditched adobe reader years back, I have suffered no problems from doing so. Chrome (and these days firefox as well) are quite capable of reading any pdf as well as adobe reader/acrobat can, they also seem to load pdf files a bit quicker and be less prone to freezing. Adobe reader/acrobat is one of he most often exploited programs people have installed, removing it as your pdf reader and going fro chrome and/or firefox will lessen your attack surface against pdf based exploits. I believe some versions of adobe reader/acrobat let you edit pdf files, others only let you view them, if you have a version which only lets you view then there is no point keeping it, if you have a version which lets you edit then you might want to keepp it around, but use chrome/firefox for every day viewing of pdf files.
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