Well, I’ve run into a problem with my preferred PDF reader, Foxit Reader. This light-weight reader starts quickly and displays files quickly. It links into Internet Explorer and Firefox, so that it can display PDF files within the web browser, just like Adobe Reader does.
Plus, it’s fast. I was rapidly getting tired of Adobe Reader taking so long to open. Of course, Adobe had set it up to pre-load a bunch of files, so it took up memory all the time — and slowed up the boot process. That wasn’t the right answer.
I stopped using Adobe Reader at version 8, when they took out the configuration options on automatic updating.
My problem was a rebate form at NewEgg.com, which Foxit could not lay out properly for printing. Strangely, it worked fine for display, but it lost content when printing and rolled more content onto a second page. The PDF print preview looked ok, but the text boxes were empty and some of the content rolled onto another page.
I emailed the rebate form to my son, who had Adobe Reader installed. He was able to print the form perfectly.
As a result, I’ve installed Adobe Reader on my computer for the first time in a couple years.
The current version is 9.2.0 and includes the updater options of:
- Automatically install updates
- Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them (the default selection)
- Do not download or install updates automatically.
I like having control over automatic updating. That lets me know that I’ve made a change, in case something on the PC doesn’t work correctly after the update.