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    Adobe Reader speedup

    Here's a nice little program to help with the load time for Adobe Reader (works with various versions): Adobe Reader SpeedUp.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Thanks so much for this Joe. Really appreciate this find. Sometimes it takes a good while for Reader 6.0 to load up, and it grabs a lot of resources making a temporary freeze. Then a short time after, if you load it again, probably because some settings are in place already, it will spring up much faster. I almost always have to go to Task Manager and end it even after I've closed the document because it's sitting there at the resource trough gobbling away. That doesn't seem to impact performance most times, but it could.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    For anyone wondering how this works, this is from the Read Me file:

    <pre>PURPOSE
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    Adobe Reader Speed-Up (ARSU) was created in an effort to automate
    the process of speeding up Adobe Reader's launch time by
    disabling the majority of plugins that are, quite franky,
    completely useless for most users.</pre>

    For those who have tried it, do you miss any of the plug-ins yet? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    If only I had the understanding you would of what these plug ins do. I'm running it now, and the Help does clearly explain what each plug-ins does--you click the plug-in you want to kow about and then help. I installed it once and just let it go to the default unzip folder, and it wouldn't work even when I moved it to the E:Program FilesAdobeReader 6.0 folder so setting it up had a place to put the path in the app, and that didn't work. Then I reinstalled it--this time sending it to the correct Reader folder and it works.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Jefferson

    I suspect many British readers may find the program name either a) amusing, or [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] offensive!

    And who is this "quite Franky" chap? A variant of "Frankie goes to Hollywood"?

    To get back on topic, anything that disables the quite enormous collection of add-ins, drop-ins or plug-ins for Acrobat Reader is a good move.

    Come to that, why is the GUI interface of Reader so AWFUL to use? If Microsoft had written it, there would have been howls of abuse!

    (You've got me all worked up now! And before breakfast, too...)
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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    <hr>why is the GUI interface of Reader so AWFUL to use<hr>
    It is a different world at Adobe. All of their user interfaces suffer from the same "problem."

    I will probably be burned in effigy for saying so, but Adobe's history of GUIs hails from the Apple days of yore, when Apple was the, erm, apple of Adobe's eye and their software was made for the Mac.
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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    <hr>why is the GUI interface of Reader so AWFUL to use?<hr>
    one of my pet peeves. I tend to browse in full screen mode and open any pdf files with shift to open in a separate window but... when I forget and that's the majority of the time, I'm darned if I can get the browser back. Can't get the IE toolbar in order to move back to previous page, Alt left arrow doesn't work and I end up closing the window unable to return to the previous page. What a pain.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    If you're thinking that I know what all those plug-ins do, you're mistaken. The only one I've even heard of is "WEB BUY."

    I noticed that the file C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0ReaderOptionalREADME.TXT says "Put unused plug-ins in the optional directory." But I guess you need the ARSU to learn whether you need them or not. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    The Acrobat IE plugin stinks. I wish there were an option to disable it from some IE Advanced Options checkbox.
    I never ever use IE to open a PDF, unless in error. I'll just right click, save target as, and then open it normally in an independent Acrobat window.
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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    You can single it out and disable it with this app Diego I believe. You can disable almost all of the plugins individually, and it gives a summary of what each does.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Thanks, SMBP.

    I downloaded just to keep it for possible future use, but since I have the full Acrobat installed I suspect the prog will screw things up, as it's meant to be used with the Reader.
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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Hi Joe:
    Thanks for this information. But does this mean that it will disable the plug-ins that allow IE or another browser to read a pdf file?

    I installed it & AR definitely starts more quickly. However, Avant Browser wouldn't read a pdf file. I seem to be unable to find how to re-enable selective plug-ins or to find out what they do.
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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Phil, I think it only disables the Adobe plugins that load with Reader. I When you get to the point of having the plugin list displayed you can get a brief description of each plugin.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Thanks, Joe. I just discovered I goofed. Using Avant Browser, opening a pdf file opened it in a new tab, which I failed to see. So AB, which uses the IE engine, does read pdf files. But having installed the speedup, I now can't see how to access the plug-in list, unless I revert to restoring the original configuration & then running speedup again.

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    Re: Adobe Reader speedup

    Phil, That is the only way to see it in a 'nice' version. You can look at PluginHelp.txt in the folder where you extracted Ar-speedup but the text is not easy to read.

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