FoxReader vs. Adobe Reader
by Doug Poulter
To put an
end to the slow response (and occasional system
instability) associated with Adobe Reader, in both
Internet Explorer and Firefox, I now use FoxReader (ver
1.3 Beta Build 0819, and of no relation to Firefox).
FoxReader is free from www.FoxitSoftware.com. In comparison to Adobe Reader,
FoxReader is also a fraction of the size, and displays
documents much faster. To use FoxReader:
in Windows: I have associated the PDF file
extension with FoxReader via Control Panel / Folder
Options / File Types.
in Firefox: I have disabled the Adobe
PDF plug-in via Tools / Options / Downloads
I can still open documents with Adobe Reader by right
clicking upon them and selecting "open with".
Pending further development, FoxReader does not yet open
within tabs in Firefox. Instead, a new incidence of
FoxReader opens for each document displayed (this is not
necessarily a bad thing as it enables one to continue
doing other browser work while downloading a large pdf).
While FoxReader does not have the forms fill-in tool of
Adobe Reader, FoxReader does have a Typewriter
function which lets one type (but not cut and paste) text
Originally published: October, 2005
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