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New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
This morning, I checked my plugins of Firefox; and received update warnings on Flash Player and Adobe Reader. So, I updated.

The latest Adobe reader is now called Adobe Reader DC.
(DC apparently means Direct Cloud.)

First, it appears the copied the color scheme from Office 2013.
It's ugly. How ugly? "If my dog had a face like that, I'd shave it's butt and teach it to walk backwards."

The settings (Preferences) are different; and somewhat confusing.
I need to make certain no PDF document goes to the cloud. Most of them contain identity data; and I do not want it out of this machine. yet, I need it to use government required forms that come in PDF.

Adobe seems to be able to take a "silk purse and make a sow's ear."

They should stick to PDF; and stay out of other areas. They also try to sell monthly subscriptions to Photoshop and Acrobat. I get that every company would like a continuous revenue stream -- ain't going to happen with me. I'll not be held hostage to access my data.

And, every time I download Flash Player, the try to bundle it with some garbage software I don't want. The boxes are checked by default -- they should require an opt-in.

Seriously, someone needs to develop an open source, GNU licensed PDF handler.
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04-16-2015 07:45 AM
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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
(04-16-2015 07:45 AM)justMongo Wrote:  Seriously, someone needs to develop an open source, GNU licensed PDF handler.
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Here's an open source pdf reader:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/sumatrapdf.mirror/

2 other free readers that I've used and liked are PDFLite and Foxit. Here are the links:

http://www.pdflite.com/

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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
(04-16-2015 08:09 AM)sgearhart Wrote:  
(04-16-2015 07:45 AM)justMongo Wrote:  Seriously, someone needs to develop an open source, GNU licensed PDF handler.
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Here's an open source pdf reader:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/sumatrapdf.mirror/

2 other free readers that I've used and liked are PDFLite and Foxit. Here are the links:

http://www.pdflite.com/

[link removed] Google Foxit Software

evince ships with Linux, and is also available for Windows, and knows how to view a number of different formats including PDF

https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince/Downloads
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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
We use PDF-Xchange viewer from Tracker Software in Canada. Has both a free and professional version. It's not open source but it is very good.

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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
Working support we used to recommend foxit or cute pdf (something like that) for folks who had issues with Adobe. Don't know what is available for the Mac.

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04-16-2015 12:46 PM
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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
I use PDF Xchange and have for years now. Works beautifully.

The free version is called PDF-Xchange Viewer. Just download the "trial" copy which is the free version.

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RE: New Adobe reader -- misses the mark
There are a couple of pretty good PDF reader options on Linux.

Even if you're running Windows, you can install Linux in a virtual machine under the free VirtualBox program. There's lots of security advantages to using Linux in a virtual machine for security stuff, once you learn the ropes.

Unfortunately a lot of the government morons buy fancy proprietary tools and generate horrible PDF code that's terribly proprietary and probably extra insecure as well.

Reminds me of one horrible government web site a lot of people had to use that not only required you to use Internet Exploder, it also required you to run an older, known insecure version of Java or their web page wouldn't work. No doubt some software vendor bought someone in the agency a lot of lunches and the person who bought the program is probably now working for the software vendor after retiring from the government.

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