Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Apr 2011 22:59 UTC
Windows And yes, the stream of controlled Windows 8 leaks continues. This time around, Thurrot and Rivera have published a number of screenshots from Windows 8's brand-new tablet user interface, and surprise surprise, its built on Metro, the same design language that underpins Windows Phone 7. Windows 8 will also include its own PDF reader, Modern Reader, which also happens to be the first application packaged in Microsoft's new AppX format. Update: Long Zheng has some technical details on AppX, including this little tidbit: "The extensive list of properties signifies the comprehensive scope of this system to be the ideal deployment strategy for 'applications', in all essence of the word. In fact, the AppX format is universal enough so it appears to work for everything from native Win32 applications to framework-based applications and even *gasp* web applications. Games are also supported."
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PDF reader ?
by Lennie on Mon 4th Apr 2011 23:19 UTC
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

OK...
- so Chrome is gonna get a PDF-reader

- Apple already has a PDF-preview built into Mac OS X (probably more, I'm not an Apple user)

- Firefox 5 might get the a PDF-reader similair or the same as Chrome

- Windows 8 might get a PDF-reader

Do we really need that ?

It really is the crappiest format out there to parse and because of it, you are just asking for security bugs in all this new software:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XYqsf4JEY

It could also be one of the many reason the others just don't want to use the Acrobat Reader and just want something simple.

Edited 2011-04-04 23:24 UTC

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RE: PDF reader ?
by chandler on Mon 4th Apr 2011 23:29 in reply to "PDF reader ?"
chandler Member since:
2006-08-29

Adobe Reader really is a horrible and slow program with a terrible updater and a bad security track record. Right now I use PDF-XChange Viewer on Windows and it's quite good for a heavyweight viewer with annotation capabilities. However, for machines I set up for other people, I'd be glad to have a viewer integrated into Windows or into Firefox just to have one less program to install and one less security update cycle to think about.

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RE[2]: PDF reader ?
by j.dalrymple on Tue 5th Apr 2011 00:58 in reply to "RE: PDF reader ?"
j.dalrymple Member since:
2011-03-29

Adobe Reader really is a horrible and slow program...


Not sure about this. Adobe Reader seems reasonably fast lately. I mean, I can remember absolutely dreading PDF reader, but newer versions seem okay.

Edited 2011-04-05 00:59 UTC

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RE: PDF reader ?
by Stratoukos on Mon 4th Apr 2011 23:47 in reply to "PDF reader ?"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

Why is PDF a crappy format? What do you use when you want to send someone a document and you want to ensure that he sees exactly what you see? Adobe's Reader is crappy, but having a multitude of widely used readers actually negates that.

Sure it has a lot of bloat, with scripts and forms and whatnot, but if you use it just for static documents I think it's great.

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RE[2]: PDF reader ?
by WorknMan on Tue 5th Apr 2011 00:42 in reply to "RE: PDF reader ?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Why is PDF a crappy format? What do you use when you want to send someone a document and you want to ensure that he sees exactly what you see?


A text file ;)

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RE[2]: PDF reader ?
by malxau on Tue 5th Apr 2011 03:46 in reply to "RE: PDF reader ?"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Why is PDF a crappy format?


Did you watch the video?

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RE[2]: PDF reader ?
by nt_jerkface on Tue 5th Apr 2011 05:12 in reply to "RE: PDF reader ?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

What do you use when you want to send someone a document and you want to ensure that he sees exactly what you see? Adobe's Reader is crappy

Sure it has a lot of bloat, with scripts and forms and whatnot


I would like to send a file that does not have bloat, scripts, forms and whatnot. That whatnot is often the worst part because we only learn about it through exploits. It seems you can slap just about any kind of whatnot into a pdf file.

99% of pdfs are scanned images. There should be a common scanned image format that is not capable of carrying a freaking scripting language.

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