Adobe Reader 8.0 released

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  1. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks for the heads up. I still won't use it 'til it becomes less bloated, has a better GUI and is faster than Preview. :eek:
     
  2. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    It's not really a Universal Binary, there are separate PPC and Intel versions. Anyway, I downloaded the Intel version for my iMac, and I must say, it's just about as fast as Preview. Launches in a single bounce, and loads PDFs almost immediately. The interface is pretty nice too.

    You might want to try it out. In my opinion it is less bloated, has a better GUI and is at least as fast as Preview if not slightly faster to launch.

    (Note that I'm not saying that it's less bloated or has a better GUI than Preview, I just mean compared to previous versions of Reader.)
     

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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Surprisingly it's FAST and the interface is clean.
     
  4. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    Yes it is. Definitely faster and feels less bloated than previous versions. Gives me hope for CS3
     
  5. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    It's still a heck of a lot slower than Preview on my (aging) G4 Powerbook.
     
  6. cmcconkey macrumors 6502

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    Annoying. I can't get to the download on neither FireFox nor IE7. Really annoying.


    Christopher
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Reader has a lot of PDF functionality that Preview doesn't support. If you're only concern is reading and printing PDFs, then it doesn't really make much of a difference. If, however, you need to do something like load an auto-filled PDF form, you're out of luck with Preview.
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    There was already an internet plug-in but it doesn't work the way the Mac OS 9-compatible plug-in worked. It merely re-directs you to the application. It would be nice if Adobe's plug-in for version 8 did things better, but there is a third party plug-in to do that and it's free for personal use. The Adobe Reader plug-in has been updated for version 8 but I can't confirm that it works differently.

    They recently added the ability to view 3D documents and more. I don't particularly find Preview all that great in viewing any .pdf document but it works.
     

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  12. dreamsINdigital thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What plugin would that be?
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry but if I remembered the name, I would have mentioned it. ;) You'll have to do a search on VersionTracker or MacUpdate to find it.
     
  14. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    This is a lot better. Nicer interface and quicker that Preview. The one drag I had was it took ages to Print so hopefully this is alot faster now as well. Good one Adobe. I really hope this is a sign of things to come with Photoshop, InDesign etc.. next year.
     
  15. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I still use 6 because I don't like 7, is eight actually an improvement or another step in the wrong direction?
     
  16. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Since I'm sure that no one else knows what you mean, you'll have to judge it for yourself.

    I find that version 8 is a nice improvement over 7.
     
  17. krazo macrumors newbie

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    Hrm Firefox doesn't seem to load it...
     
  18. d wade macrumors 65816

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    preview works fine for me. but is there a reason to get this? i feel like i should dl it just to have, even though i'll probly never use it
     
  19. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I've not found any browser to use it properly. It would be sadly funny to find that it's just a Carbon version of the Mac OS 9-compatible Netscape plug-in.
     
  20. VanNess macrumors 6502a

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    The version 8 plug-in seems to be working fine with Safari on my system. Previous versions of the reader plug-in seemed crash-prone at times, but so far so good with this one. And the browser plug-in might be one justification to get Reader even if Preview handles your pdf needs just fine most of the time. The Reader plug-in has somewhat better functionality than Safari's bare-bones default plug-in for pdf.

    I haven't had much of a chance to fully test it, but version 8 seems like a major improvement over previous versions. Launch time is significantly faster (finally), and the interface is much cleaner. The one area I noticed where it still doesn't shine is rendering. It's better, but Preview is still far and away the champ in that category.
     
  21. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    really nice upgrade. works great in safari too!
     
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Well, it's about time.

    I must admit though, it is a very big improvement over 7. In fact, I think it may be better than preview. Once you get past the installer (which sucks), it's a great program.

    Mad Jew, I think this may be exactly what you're looking for.
     
  23. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The installation process needed a few more layers and distractions, didn't it? I believe that only Macromedia with Studio can make an installation process more complex and confusing.
     

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