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Chrome 6 comes with native PDF

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Chrome always has been one of my favorite browsers since the time it was launched. It came with unique feature like the Uni-bar,faster rendering engine, an excellent tabbed browsing and phew !!!!!,so many to mention i guess one can write a whole doctrine about chrome.

Chrome

Just when i thought that chrome updates are slowing down and the nightly builds are almost becoming fortnightly , chrome come up with a update that can open PDF files like it were HTML. The Chrome 6 accomplishes the following

PDF files will render as seamlessly as HTML web pages, and basic interactions will be no different than the same interactions with web pages (for example, zooming and searching will work as users expect). PDF rendering quality is still a work in progress, and we will improve it substantially before releasing it to the beta and stable channels.

To further protect users, PDF functionality will be contained within the security “sandbox” Chrome uses for web page rendering.

Users will automatically receive the latest version of Chrome’s PDF support; they won’t have to worry about manually updating any plug-ins or programs.

Chrome is evolving and setting benchmarks when it come to rendering contents from web. First the integrated flash and now the Pdf. Though they say this will be the basic version and coming updates will have better functionality . Things to note is the updates for this Pdf will be automatically be pushed which means no searching for it .

To get a taste of things click here

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Why Adobe Reader Sucks

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Systems developed the PDF file format which is now widely used as a standard for business files. But which reader should you use for reading PDF files ? Adobe Reader may be the original PDF reader but it doesn’t have to be the best..

Here are a few reasons why Adobe Reader Sucks….

1. Huge Download Size

Here is the screenshot of the Adobe Reader Download Page….

Adobe Reader Download

The download size of Adobe Reader is 45.11 MB which is quite a big download. It may seems as a small download to you, but downloading a reader which is 45MB ? It can’t even edit files ! I’m sure many people will forget to uncheck the free Mc-Afee download which can create one more headache.

2. Size on Disk

Here is the sreenshot of the application after installing on a PC….

This installation is of version 9.2 which took 208 MB on my hard disk. This is ridiculous ! More than 200 MB for a PDF reader ? It can’t even edit my PDF files. The newer versions eat up even more space.

3. Installer

Here is the new Adobe Reader installer…

Adobe Reader Installer

Is this installer really good ? It downloads from the net as well as the downloaded package. This combination is not very pleasing if you ask me.

4. Installing and Uninstalling

Have you tried both installing and uninstalling Adobe Reader ? Its a complicated software that stores many registry values and takes a long time for installing and uninstalling. This can become a big headache, especially while updating.

5. Slower System Start

By default Adobe Reader starts its start-up app so that it loads part of the software when the system starts. This ensures that when you open Adobe Reader it will start up faster. But this ultimately slows down system start up time.

Most important reason

Adobe Reader is only a free PDF viewer. Its not a PDF editor. This means that you cannot edit any PDF files, neither make new ones. This I would say is the most horrible part. All these bad things in one PDF viewer.

Best Alternative to Adobe Reader

If you want a free PDF viewer as an alternative to Adobe Reader then use Foxit Reader which is a free PDF viewer now fully compatible with Windows 7. It also has its mobile version available now.

If you need to edit a few PDF files, instead of downloading and installing a software you could use PDF Escape which is a free online PDF editing solution.

For professional business I would suggest Nitro PDF which is a paid PDF program as a good alternative for Adobe Acrobat.

Solution to Adobe Systems

  1. Reduce the size of Adobe Reader
  2. Use an alternative installer which downloads from web only. This will indirectly reduce the download size
  3. Make Adobe Reader simpler
  4. Adobe Reader should not occupy too much space on the disk
  5. Upgrade the framework and simplify the design even more

Basically Adobe Reader has been getting ‘bigger’ and ‘better’. I like the ‘better’ part, but not the ‘bigger’ part. It has become a bit too big and heavy compared to the new features it added. If Adobe can limit the size but at the same time provide quality software it’ll be #1 in the market. But of course, Adobe is known for quality, not the size. Applications like Photoshop and Flash are known for their quality, but they occupy a lot of space on the disk.

Are there any more features about Adobe Reader which you hate ? Are there any more suggestions you could give to Adobe to improve this PDF reader ? Leave your comments….

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Online tool for Converting any Webpage to PDF Easily for free

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Do you want to save a piece of content for later read ? or If your site is featured somewhere you might like to capture that moment for posterity. Then all you need is HTML to PDF converter. It will take care of your webpage convert easily to pdf file.

Free HTML to PDF converter or Web to PDF Converter is an online tool which helps you to convert the webpages to PDF files for later use. You might have used many tools like this, but I loved this one because of it’s interface. No annoying ads and stuff.

Just enter the url of the page and hit Make PDF, it takes some 10 to 15 seconds and then automatically downloads to your folder. You can use adobe reader or any pdf reader to read the page.

HTML PDF Convert – Homepage

The best method to share content you find online in the exact shape that you found it.
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