I mentioned Adobe the other day, but only to gripe about the installer. There’s so much more to hate!
As just one example, Acrobat Reader 7 doesn’t clean up after itself when you’re done with it; that’s right, it takes up a full 20 megabytes of your hard drive after you’ve uninstalled it. Brilliant! And since they can already bring my 3-Ghz machine to a screaming, grinding standstill just so I can look at a document, gaze with awe upon the current plan to embed Flash in PDF documents, in some horrific nexus of digital suckage. If H.P. Lovecraft wrote software, he’d definitely work for Adobe.
But all is not lost: dear reader, I’m here to help. Listen carefully to what I’m about to say here, and do what I tell you, because I love you and I want you to be happy.
- Get Firefox. I kind of assume you all have it already, but make sure.
- Get PDF-Download 0.6, or whatever the latest version happens to be when you get there. This lets you do some useful stuff, like convert PDFs to HTML on the fly, chose between an external viewer or an internal display, that sort of thing.
- Get FoxIT Reader. Uninstall the Acrobat reader, and install this one.
You will notice the difference immediately, I promise. Faaaaast.