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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RE: PDF reader ?
by chandler on Mon 4th Apr 2011 23:29 UTC in reply to "PDF reader ?"
chandler
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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.

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RE[3]: PDF reader ?
by Spiron on Tue 5th Apr 2011 01:21 in reply to "RE[2]: PDF reader ?"
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2011-03-08

Adobe Reader 10 also bumps up the security issues quite a bit by sandboxing the main viewer. However, a lot of these security 'faults' apply as much to the user interacting with shady PDF's as much as Adobe's written code

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RE[3]: PDF reader ?
by kaiwai on Tue 5th Apr 2011 09:24 in reply to "RE[2]: PDF reader ?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

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


It's not just speed but there is also bloat as well. I've just jumped over to Adobe.com to find out the size of Adobe Reader X (10.0.1) which weighs in at 66.44MB with the Windows version doing no batter either. I mean, this isn't an office suite or a photo editing application, its only a viewer, a viewer shouldn't be weighing in at 66MB nor should it be installing browser freezing plugins that do nothing to the experience other than to make things 100 times worse.

The only thing worse than Adobe Reader X (10.0.1) is probably the 300MB drivers that HP expect end users to download just to get their printers to work with Windows. I swear sometimes that these programmers who make said programmes don't live on the same planet as everyone does, I've yet to come across an Adobe employee on any forum who is openly proud about working for Adobe on a said product. Is Adobe quickly becoming one of those organisations where, when people leave after working there, they'd sooner say they were unemployed for 20 years than ever admit they worked for Adobe at some point?

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