Speeding up Acrobat?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by adamzx3, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. adamzx3 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2007
    NE Ohio
    I am using acrobat 7 pro on a mac pro, which is running in rosetta, bet even a decent sized pdf will be choppy when scrolling....is this because of rosetta? I figured that would only effect it when first loading and then editing it.

    Would a 8800GT card speed up the choppiness or does it use the CPU for that?

    Also these are 40+mb print ready pdf's, I might be able to attach on somehow if that helps.

  2. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    You could try dragging it to the trash.

    But honestly, It's just a dog. I use it only when I have to, and Preview for the rest.
  3. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    Yeah. Blame Rosetta.

    Acrobat 7 was kind of sluggish anyway. Mix that with the emulation of Rosetta, and you're going to have scrolling issues.

    I'm on 8. It's significantly better on my machine with an Intel processor. Despite that, Preview is still quicker.

    Stick with Preview. It renders PDFs correctly about 90%-95% of the time in my experience.
  4. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Your best bet is probably to update to version 9, which is faster than 8 (though both were intel native).

    Back when I was using a PowerBook with version 8, I seem to remember the processor churning away when scrolling, so I'm not sure a new graphics card would speed things up anyway. (Acrobat really seems to like redrawing everything on screen when scrolling, which slows things down, especially if you've got lots of markup, etc., on the pages).
  5. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    Or you could try installing the latest Acrobat reader. It opens tons faster and responds faster than Acrobat 8. If all you're doing is viewing/proofing, it will do it for you, and I feel like it renders more accurately than preview sometimes.

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