Freeware Files: 5 Apps for Maximum PDF Power!

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szore

I recently downloaded a freeware program called PDFXCHANGE Viewer.  http://www.docu-track.com/product/downloads

This has a search function that allows batch search for key words across multiple pdf files. THE most usefull feature of all, and this list doesn't even have a program that does that.

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mrvander

I've started using the XPS format since my Windows 7 PC's can create and view them easy enough. No new software to install and keep updated. I just send any document or selected text to the built in XPS printer. Of course, this is just for personal use. I haven't attempted to send any XPS docs to anybody else.

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mikeart03a

I miss good ole Acrobat Reader 5, it was light on resources and was quick to open. Now it's pure BS with all the media enhancements they've added over the last few years... Acrobat 9 (the pdf editor) sucks back a gig of ram now with nothing open!

- mike_art03a
System Specs - AMD Athlon 64 x2 5400+ 2.8ghz (OC 3.2ghz), 4gb DDR2-800 RAM, ASUS M3N78-VM Mainboard, 500gb Seagate, HD, Lite-On BD/HD-DVD ROM DVD+/-RW, nVidia GeForce 8500GT 256mb, VixSys HDTV tuner card, Creative SB Audigy - Yeah, I know it's archaic, but it works!

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rabbit01

"rid your hard drive of those super-huge PDF documents in favor of cleaner, simpler, smaller Word files"

My experience is the opposite.  I use PDFCreator to covert Word documents w/ charts or images to PDF to reduce file size for e-mailing.  Typical file size of a Doc w/ charts is 1.5MB.  The PDF generated is about 150kB. File size is larger if the document contains images, but the PDF is still way smaller.  The only time I e-mail the doc is if there's a need for the recipient to edit it.

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Tommm777

I just got done reading the Sumatra PDF article.  I Used Office 2007 to print a PDF document from MS Word that had a bunch of graphics (wmf) in it.  Unfortunately, Sumatra showed a blank document when opening the completed file and unfortunately, Adobe did fine.  Sumatra did ok and opened the file fine when I created a text only document.  Maybe it cannot handle windows metafile graphics?  Sumatra seemed faster opening PDFs in general - I'd say about 1 second to 4 seconds.  However, since it did fail my first test.  Adobe won't be going anywhere anytime soon.   90% solutions are 90% solutions, fix this break that.

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Danthrax66

I never understood what was wrong with adobe reader?

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Neufeldt2002

My PDF viewing requirements are simple. I also find Adobe suitable for my needs.

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monkeykid753

What is wrong with Adobe Reader? Have we took after Steve Jobs and started hating Adobe?

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Keith E. Whisman

Adobe Acrobat is a resource hog and because of its popularity it's a target of Virus writers and hackers as an entry point to your PC. So alternatives are less likely to be targeted. And for the most part easier on resources.

 

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monkeykid753

The alternatives generally can't do as much as reader-- that's the problem for me... And the others look uglier. 

My exploding trick: Any iPad/Phone/Mac haters get a lot of silly putty, then clog up the speakers on iPad and iPhone or vents (if they exist) on an iMac and wait for a few minutes... then BIG BOOM!!!! 

 

The Original Creator of the Trick Displayed Above

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Keith E. Whisman

FoxIt has gotten real popular and is being targeted by the underworld as well now. So you should be helping your friends and family with alternatives to the popular programs so their computers wont be so vulnerable. I'm sure most of us know how to secure our systems. 

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Neufeldt2002

I would rather teach safe computing habits before I teach security through obscurity.

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Neufeldt2002

Test   spam filter needs serious work.

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DBsantos77

 PrimoPDF is great at making web pages PDF's.

-Santos

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Cwgrant

Microsoft has an addon for Microsoft Office that is free that allows you to save documents as PDF's or XPS's, As long as you have Office you can use it.

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nsvander

I have been a long time fan of PDF Creator, since I read about it either in the mag or here on the website, makes it quick and easy to turn anything into a PDF file.

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igoka

Recently start using djvu files I found much easier and perfomance better.

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lhatten

The program consists of 2 parts, the Creator part and the Fusion part.  The Fusion part is an evaluation copy.  if you look on their site, the Fusion part costs $65.  If all you want to do is create pds's from Word, then the Creator part does that and is free.  If you need to export a pfd as a Word doc, then the Fusion part does that & will put the water mark on the output until you have paid the $65.  I think that is a little steep and will pass.

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