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 +[http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html Adobe Reader] is a software that allows you to view and print [[wikipedia:Portable_Document_Format | PDF files]]. It includes a browser plugin that allows you to view PDF files directly in [[Firefox]] or [[Mozilla Suite]]. Read more about installing the plugin and troubleshooting at [http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/faqs/acroread.html PluginDoc].
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 +==Issues==
Adobe Reader 6.x automatically loads all of its many plugins when you open it. They are memory hogs which can make it run very slowly or even crash when it is opened/closed and has caused issues with many users. If Firefox hangs when closing after viewing a PDF file, make sure you are using the newest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug in (at the moment 7.0). With the latest version it should work, but if that's not enough, it is recommended if that you try either downgrading to Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, upgrading to Adobe Reader 6.0.2, or use the [http://www.tnk-bootblock.co.uk/prods/misc/index.php Adobe Reader Speedup] program, which disables many of the unnecessary plugins. (Note: This solution does not work for all users; in some cases Firefox crashes, rather than Acrobat. See discussion.) Adobe Reader 6.x automatically loads all of its many plugins when you open it. They are memory hogs which can make it run very slowly or even crash when it is opened/closed and has caused issues with many users. If Firefox hangs when closing after viewing a PDF file, make sure you are using the newest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug in (at the moment 7.0). With the latest version it should work, but if that's not enough, it is recommended if that you try either downgrading to Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, upgrading to Adobe Reader 6.0.2, or use the [http://www.tnk-bootblock.co.uk/prods/misc/index.php Adobe Reader Speedup] program, which disables many of the unnecessary plugins. (Note: This solution does not work for all users; in some cases Firefox crashes, rather than Acrobat. See discussion.)
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*Note that this can prevent searching PDFs in your browser *Note that this can prevent searching PDFs in your browser
-===External Links===+==External Links==
* [http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html Archive of Adobe Reader versions] * [http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html Archive of Adobe Reader versions]
* [http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html Adobe Reader 7.0 (full and basic)] * [http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html Adobe Reader 7.0 (full and basic)]
* [http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/faqs/acroread.html PluginDoc] * [http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/faqs/acroread.html PluginDoc]
* [http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=11041 The Inquirer] * [http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=11041 The Inquirer]

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Adobe Reader is a software that allows you to view and print PDF files. It includes a browser plugin that allows you to view PDF files directly in Firefox or Mozilla Suite. Read more about installing the plugin and troubleshooting at PluginDoc.

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Issues

Adobe Reader 6.x automatically loads all of its many plugins when you open it. They are memory hogs which can make it run very slowly or even crash when it is opened/closed and has caused issues with many users. If Firefox hangs when closing after viewing a PDF file, make sure you are using the newest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug in (at the moment 7.0). With the latest version it should work, but if that's not enough, it is recommended if that you try either downgrading to Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, upgrading to Adobe Reader 6.0.2, or use the Adobe Reader Speedup program, which disables many of the unnecessary plugins. (Note: This solution does not work for all users; in some cases Firefox crashes, rather than Acrobat. See discussion.)

Alternative actions

You can disable the Adobe Reader plugin by opening up Adobe Reader and navigating to "Edit -> Preferences -> Internet".

You can also choose to save PDFs to your hard drive and then open it without the Adobe Reader plugin by right-clicking links to PDF files and choosing "Save Link As". To make this mandatory, go to "Tools -> Options -> Downloads -> File Types". Scroll to PDF, press "Change Action" and then select "Save to disk". PDFs will now be downloaded to a folder for opening in Reader separately.

Another Alternative

The Adobe Reader Speedup doesn't work when Reader is not installed to the default location. You can use this instead:

  • Install Adobe Reader 6
  • Navigate to the folder where you installed Acrobat 6. It will look something like: "x:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader" folder, where x is the right drive letter.
  • Find the plug_ins folder and rename it plug_ins_disabled then create a new folder named plug_ins.
  • Copy the following files from "plug_ins_disabled" to "plug_ins": EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api
  • Note that this can prevent searching PDFs in your browser

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