Viewing large PDF's on 13" MBP vs 2.2Ghz Macbook

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  1. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have a 2.2Ghz Core2Duo BlackBook with 4GB of Ram.

    When I view large PDF's such as magazines, they are quite choppy when scrolling.

    If upgrade to the 13" MBP will I see better performance in this area?

    Thanks, Tommy
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You should since the over all performance is better in the newer machines. The biggest improvement is the GPU, the old Macbook's intel integrated GPU was pretty anemic. You'll get a good boost of speed with the 9400m GPU.
     
  3. Harrelson macrumors member

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    I think your machine is perfectly capable of viewing large PDF's without lag.

    It could be something else
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I had an old Macbook and I noticed choppiness when viewing large PDFs at least in acrobat. I do not remember if that was the case in preview as well.

    scary that I remember that far back. It was a core duo not a core 2 duo but still...
     
  5. tjcampbell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Acrobat sucks in many ways. Use Preview for PDF's whenever possible.
     
  7. Jodlesx macrumors member

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    I can recommend Skim if you need something more than what Preview has to offer. Skim is really nice, and based on Preview if I'm not mistaken.. thus the speed is the same...

    (Skim is free)
     
  8. tjcampbell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I do, it's just that with some subscriptions they are coded to only open with Acrobat.
     
  9. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Yepp, that's why the caveat "whenever possible.";)
     

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