July 30th, 2007

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Foxit Reader

image I just finished recommending this software to Trevor who was complaining about Acrobat Reader being big and slow, and I realized I should mention it here too.

Foxit Reader is a free, lightweight PDF reader for Windows and Linux. It comes in somewhere around the 4MB mark on disk once installed (compared to Acrobat Reader’s 87MB), and the copy I have running right now with its own 90-page, user manual open has a 10MB working set in RAM (6MB private). It starts in a second and renders and prints PDFs very well (unlike, say, xpdf). Until version 2.0 it didn’t have a browser plugin, but I consider that a feature — I want PDFs to open in their own program. (Apparently 2.0 does include a plugin, although there’s a bit of a bug in the installer that requires some extra steps to get it to work with Firefox.)

They also offer a Pro Pack ($39) which offers PDF annotation without a watermark and a “Save as text” option.

And they don’t stop at reading PDFs — if you’re the sort that needs Acrobat instead of just Reader, there’s also PDF Creator ($35), which provides a virtual printer that lets you print from anything into a PDF file, and PDF Editor ($99) which lets you modify PDF files directly. I don’t use any of those although Creator is tempting now that I’m reading about it.

But Reader is their shining star. PDFs are so much less hassle when they’re fast.

Originally posted at rich text.
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Four days of work left! (I’m not counting my last day. It is a half-day of attendance and a half-day of drinking.) I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reset a whole lot of my personal organization systems — once nice part about leaving a job is that a gazillion loose threads get tied off one way or another.

I wonder if I will blog more or less when I’m not in front of a computer all day? I bet “more”, since I will be less likely to be sick of staring at a screen, and because I won’t have as much of chance to just share things quickly on IRC instead. Plus more to write about!


Originally posted at rich text.