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Bloatware full of security holes etc.

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If you like bloatware that wastes your bandwidth and reports on you constantly, this is for you.
If you are security conscious, stay away.
I would suggest installing glasswire firewall control (free) and blocking EVERYTHING ADOBE in it.
You are better off without this on your machine.

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visually bloated

Comment by Xate
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Feb 2016 ·

The new DC update gave the ever heavy and bloated adobe reader an idiotic interface. The menu bar and side bar took up too much of my screen.

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It may have a nice interface but

The thing is heavy for no reason, hell I just want to read my pdfs!

I actually read a comprehensive, benchmark on several of the popular readers and the official one (Adobe's) got the highest score on time to open file from double-clicking to it being displayed. So it may seem like it's heavy on resources (and maybe it is even when you're not reading PDFs), but it's optimizing in the background.

I'm not one for "heavy" apps that should be lightweight, since they're supposed to be doing a simple job, but no other reader is preferable in this case because the others just hack the job, while this:
- is done by the creators of this document format standard;
- it is compatible with all of the features of PDF (the others I had tried a couple of years ago did not have form support for one, which I never even knew what it was exactly until I happened to need it - the form didn't even show in the alternative software);
- it does a heck of a job at rendering the document (with antialiasing and smooth scrolling and what not);
- and it can even remember the last page you were at when you open the document next time.

For years, I had used Foxit Reader, PDF-XChange Viewer, STDU Viewer, Nitro Reader, and they all had limitations. Adobe Reader is also the only one that never failed to properly display a PDF. With the other it happened to me at least once that I would miss some details from the document. Another more recent PDF feature that is not emulated / copied by any of the alternatives is the scripting (Javascript?) implementation, which is something I doubt most people need though and it is also a security concern.

I don't get why these pieces of software have to be so bloated either. But see, it isn't just the big companies such as Microsoft with their Office suite, but also the open-source (such as OpenOffice / LibreOffice), so maybe it just is difficult to avoid with ambitious projects.

SumatraPDF is the sort of universal reader that will load blazingly-fast too and applications don't get any more lightweight than that (single executable, no installation).

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It's bulky, slow and insecure. Worst of all, you can't create or edit PDF documents on it! Although it has a polished interface, it does not make up for it's terribleness. You have to constantly update this thing every month; download 40 MB and install 80 MB for a PDF reader, and repeat for the next month. Waste of time. I recommend Foxit Reader; it has a decent interface, and it has almost every feature you can get from Adobe Reader.

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It's really not that big or bloated for what it does, but t ...

Comment by jamesvdm
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

It's really not that big or bloated for what it does, but the weekly updates drive me insane.

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Adobe Reader functions more smoothly and renders more accur ...

Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

Adobe Reader functions more smoothly and renders more accurately than any of the clones I have tried. I've never noticed this "bloat" that everyone complains about.

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Adobe Reader is nothing but a huge pile of bloat. I changed to SumatraPDF a few years ago and was amazed. The application size is tiny, the memory footprint is good, and it loads pdf files many magnitudes faster than Adobe Reader ever has. Since I switched I've never found a reason to look back.

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Slow and bloated.

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Slow and bloated. Somehow improved in latest releases but still not good

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Render everything properly unlike Foxit

Comment by s0me0ne
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 ·

Kinda slow, but will render everything properly unlike Foxit. Also the UI is much better since v8.

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Adobe is garbage. Always has been slow and buggy. Use a qua ...

Comment by slyck
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

Adobe is garbage. Always has been slow and buggy. Use a quality open source alternative like Evince, Sumatra, or Okular. I guess you could use Foxit if you want adware.

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Honestly, I can't see any reason to use Adobe Reader anymor ...

Comment by zzzcrash
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

Honestly, I can't see any reason to use Adobe Reader anymore, at least on Windows or Linux. If you want a free program for reading pdfs, Foxit Reader is not only faster but also let's you highlight and annotate the text with ease. Adobe Reader doesn't provide any editing tools: you have to pay boatloads for Adobe Professional if you want that.

The Linux version of Foxit still needs a ton of work, but you can just use the Windows version through Wine instead. Works just fine.

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I didn't realize until a few days ago that this can open an ...

Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

I didn't realize until a few days ago that this can open and view .ai files from Adobe Illustrator. Should be added as an alternative for that.

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Its nice and has some nice features, like copying an image ...

Comment by Aaron
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 ·

Its nice and has some nice features, like copying an image or test from the pdf, but for me it was always too slow. I could load up a pdf faster in just about any other program, so I dont use this anymore. It works ok, but just is not that good anymore.

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