Speed up Acrobat startup

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Speed up Acrobat startup

Post by 1%homeless » Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:52 am

Acrobat 6.0.2 is really bloated and I've been resenting it since 5. I didn't have much to do today and I was poking around for acrobat hacks and I found this nifty trick.

http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm? ... 929&page=1

I would not trust his advice to put all plugins in the optional folder, but I would be conservative and put plugins that you hardly ever use in the optional folder. (However I'm just going to leave all plug-ins in the optional folder for now to see what happens in the long run.) Of course there are obscure plugins that you have no idea what they do. Go to Help>About Adobe Plugins.

Oh yeah, this may not bother you or you may know about this, but to get rid of that annoying "ad" on the upper right corner, go to Edit>Preferences>Startup --uncheck "Show messages and automatically update".

I don't know how much time you save, but if you don't need the splash screen, you can disable it as well: Edit>Preferences>Startup --uncheck "Display splash screen".

To paraphrase another person about acrobat's modified startup: Grease lighting!
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Post by GlottalGreekGeek » Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:08 am

My PDF reader starts up very fast, but that's because it's such a bare-bones program that it can't even print, though if I wanted to print something from a PDF, I could use a different program.

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Post by 1%homeless » Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:10 am

What alternative acrobat reader are you using? I'm sure it's not just the domain of Linux and it probably supports the three or four main platforms.

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Post by mingshey » Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:02 am

Nice tip, 1%homeless!
Now it takes up much less a time,
Not it is a 1/bless,
No more piss off opening an e-tome.
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Post by GlottalGreekGeek » Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:13 am

I use xpdf - and I'm fairly sure it works on Unix/XWindows only, but you could look for it I suppose. But I kid you not when I say it is bare-bones - it lacks a proper menubar.

When I want to print a PDF, I use ghostviewer, which also handles postscript and some other nifty formats. Ghostviewer is also swift to load, at least if the file isn't too large (I almost always start a PDF viewer with a specific file to save time).

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Post by mingshey » Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:36 am

GGG, I got curious about xpdf and installed it on the top of cygwin and it's dreadfully slow(like the dreadful sea where goddesses abide and by which people burn pyres with dreadful noise for the dead of their homelands and up through which the Achaeans carry countless shining ransoms). I think it's meant to be run on genuine Linux.

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Post by Jefferson Cicero » Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:15 pm

I like xpdf too. I had it in Redhat 9. I've installed Mandrake 10 recently, and I just discovered that in Mandrake, pdf documents actually open up in the Konqueror browser, even when they have been downloaded to the hard drive. They just pop right up like xpdf does, and there are more features, so it's not bare bones like xpdf. I love Linux, but I still need to install Windows in a partition in order to use certain programmes not supported by Linux.

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Post by Misopogon » Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:03 am

Nice to see that there are many Linux users around.
I like xpdf but I use also PDF File viewer: I tend to install more than one program, so I can test thembut I can never decided :(
I have used only Linux for 3 years and I am very happy about: no crashes, free updates, no viruses (so far). Moreover I like the philosophy of the open source moviment.

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Post by chrisb » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:08 am

I tried the 'uncheck splash screen' on version 5.0 and it worked a treat! Thanks for the tip.

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Post by Jeff Tirey » Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:25 pm

nice tips.. I'm going to try them out. I have Acrobat 6.0 and i too noticed that it opens slow. I have had Acrobat since 4.0 and I don't think I could live without it!
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Post by Bert » Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:24 pm

I found an optional folder (all it contains is a readme file) and a plug_ins folder containing 80 items.
I don't know how to move files from one folder to the other though.

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Post by Turpissimus » Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:45 pm

I found an optional folder (all it contains is a readme file) and a plug_ins folder containing 80 items.
I don't know how to move files from one folder to the other though.
Right-click, select cut and then, in the new folder, right-click paste. If you want to select more than one file/plug-in, hold down control (Ctrl) and click.
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Post by 1%homeless » Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:47 pm

I found an optional folder (all it contains is a readme file) and a plug_ins folder containing 80 items.
I don't know how to move files from one folder to the other though.
If you want to move all of them, just right click, select all, then right click again, cut, go to optional folder, right click on empty space and paste.

For you evil Windows users who want to use an alternative pdf reader:

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php#

And to make things more complicated version 7 has been released:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html

There is some paradox because it's a 100mb hippo, but people have been saying that it starts up fast.... Actually, if you only check the Reader for download at adobe's site it's about 19mb... but if you check the acrobat directory, it's 92 megs... but a good chunk of it are setup files that you can delete... You follow? :lol:

Anyway, ugh, I'm not going to test this out for a while, but you can try the plugin trick on 7 and tell me if it works.

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Post by mingshey » Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:44 am

I have installed adobe reader 7 and it starts up fast indeed, without having to move the plug-ins to Optional folder. :D

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