This free viewer overcomes the two problems that make me rant and rave; the time it takes to open a PDF and the PDFs I can't open.
I don't know about you, but I spend a huge amount of time viewing Adobe Acrobat PDF documents. Personally I think the concept of PDFs is fantastic – a single document that can be viewed and printed on almost any computing platform under the sun. I wish I'd thought of that.
There are a couple of problems. First, the "official" viewer from Adobe seems to be a bit "top heavy" as it were. By this I mean that whenever I try to launch it, I then sit there twiddling my thumbs waiting for it to kick into gear. I currently have so many "balls in the air" that I end up jumping up and down saying words I would not wish my mother to hear (sorry mom).
The other big problem is that I occasionally run into PDFs that I can't read for some reason. As you can imagine, this can be a real pain when one is pushed for time. Thus, I was delighted to hear about the Foxit PDF Reader from FoxItSoftware. This is only a 1.5 MB download, it's free (well freeware, some of the add-ons are payware), it installs easily, it launches quickly, and it displays PDF documents with blinding speed (even the ones Acrobat Reader can't open). Cool Beans!
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