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    Update to Adobe's latest DC Reader?

    I've been getting nagged daily by a systray notice to update my Adobe Reader XI to the new "DC" version. I took the time to read about the new DC version and I don't see any need to update. I don't need "the cloud". Does anyone know any other "good" reason for me to allow the update? I'm starting to understand why many people are fed up with Adobe's Acrobat Reader and all its bloat.

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    If all you need to do is read PDF's, there are a number of free alternatives...

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...pdf-reader.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    If all you need to do is read PDF's, there are a number of free alternatives...
    That response begs the question of the OP as to What is the DC version and what does it do. I too have been receiving a notice to upgrade to the DC version and it looks like it is different from the plain vanilla Adobe Reader (the version numbers don't even come close).

    I use Adobe Reader and PDF-Xchange-Viewer but I don't know what the DC Reader offers me, and I certainly don't need the cloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC Zorkoff View Post
    That response begs the question of the OP as to What is the DC version and what does it do. I too have been receiving a notice to upgrade to the DC version and it looks like it is different from the plain vanilla Adobe Reader (the version numbers don't even come close).

    I use Adobe Reader and PDF-Xchange-Viewer but I don't know what the DC Reader offers me, and I certainly don't need the cloud.
    FAQ on Acrobat Reader DC...

    https://helpx.adobe.com/reader/faq.html

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    Thanks for the link to the FAQ about Acrobat DC Reader.

    From what I see, there is no reason to "upgrade" to the DC version. I prefer to keep everything on my own computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    FAQ on Acrobat Reader DC...

    https://helpx.adobe.com/reader/faq.html
    That is the same link I went to and looked at all their reasons to get the new DC version. I'm not ruling out the possibility of someone maybe using some of these new features, but I certainly don't need them. There are no security issues so I disabled the Adobe Reader Update task. Hopefully that will be enough to make the nagging notice stop.

    Thanks for the alternatives, I may go to something else if this keeps up.
    Last edited by CEScott; 2015-11-15 at 21:58.

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    Keep in mind that Reader still needs security updates from time to time, you may want to have something in place that alerts you about that.

    I subscribe to the Dept. of Homeland Security's CERT updates...

    https://www.us-cert.gov/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    Keep in mind that Reader still needs security updates from time to time, you may want to have something in place that alerts you about that. I subscribe to the Dept. of Homeland Security's CERT updates...

    https://www.us-cert.gov/
    Thanks, I just hope there will be a way to just get security updates to the Reader I have without having to get their latest and not necessarily greatest bloated "DC" version. Hopefully that's not asking too much. I'll enable the Update task from time to time and see what they have to offer. BTW, I didn't get any nag notice today.

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    I turned the nag notice off today since I don't do anything in the cloud. I hope they still update Reader XI.

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    I use to have the double digit version of Reader but somewhere along the line I ended up with a different version number to what is the current format, of which 2015.009.20069 is the latest and I think they are phasing out the v11s.
    Last edited by Sudo15; 2015-11-16 at 18:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    I hope they still update Reader XI.
    Just open Reader XI and pull down the help menu and you will find the "check for updates" link for XI not DC.

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    I have the DC version, and I don't do anything on the cloud. There's probably something I need to set to make the default save folder on my local hard drive, but in the meantime, I don't save anything to the cloud.

    I do occasionally open a file directly from the internet into Adobe Reader by putting its full URL (including the file name) into the File Open window then clicking OK. That works better than opening it in my browser.

    But that isn't exactly the same as the "cloud".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC Zorkoff View Post
    Just open Reader XI and pull down the help menu and you will find the "check for updates" link for XI not DC.
    Thanks JC. I just checked for updates using the pull down help menu and there were no updates for ver. XI. Also, when I start the Reader program I get a little tile in the center that shows recently opened files and other Online Services. One of those services is "Store Your Files Online". So it seems I already have this Cloud storage of a sort if I wanted to use it. I still don't see the need for cloud storage when I've got a 1.5 Terabyte HDD and a 1 TB external USB drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEScott View Post
    I still don't see the need for cloud storage when I've got a 1.5 Terabyte HDD and a 1 TB external USB drive.
    I agree completely. I like to keep everything close by in my own network.

    Reader XI works fine for files on my local drive and for files on other hosts connected within my home network.

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    When you click on Adobe Reader at www.adobe.com then click on do you have a different operating system etc. you will get dropdowns to select your OS and it will give you a 11.0.## but for Win 7 it only gives 11.0.10 whereas I've seen someone on another forum who managed to get 11.0.12.

    However, for me to update to the standard 2015.009.20069 I've had to uninstall the older version first which has never happened before.

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