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Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Adobe Systems has released Acrobat Reader 6.0

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

AdobeĀ® ReaderĀ® 6.0 is free software that lets you view and print
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files
on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms.

Release date May 27, 2003.

Press Release

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #1
Thanks for the heads-up. I remember back when the Acrobat Reader download was only 5MB... sigh... Old-timers probably recall the days when it would fit on a floppy.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #2
They've decided to bloat the PDF-format, so you can now embed video and sound in your documents.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #3
Woohoo, they increased load times, added some huge ugly toolbars, and put an ad banner in the corner. Back to the old version!

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #4
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They've decided to bloat the PDF-format, so you can now embed video and sound in your documents.

On the first realease CD I got of acrobat reader one of the big features was hyperlinks.. so you could have
a blow-apart diagram of some widget and click on a part to go to the text about it.  I never saw a
document aside from that demo that used that feature.  Maybe they wrote that in before the WWW
hit the scene and now most people would put that in html instead of pdf.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #5
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They've decided to bloat the PDF-format, so you can now embed video and sound in your documents.

On the first realease CD I got of acrobat reader one of the big features was hyperlinks.. so you could have
a blow-apart diagram of some widget and click on a part to go to the text about it.  I never saw a
document aside from that demo that used that feature.  Maybe they wrote that in before the WWW
hit the scene and now most people would put that in html instead of pdf.

I see those hyperlinks in PDF quite frequently (last time on "Handbook of applied cryptography.PDF" , got it from IRC).
Not even thinking about upgrading to Acrobat 6.Version 5 is actually good enough for me.
BTW how many people download books from IRC?.Not only PDF , there's actually TXT , DOC , RTF , LIT , HTML , etc. , frequently compressed with RAR or ZIP format.
I'm addicted to it lately  .

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #6
I tried it too. It looks cool, but it's not much better than version 5. I will keep it anyway (grrr, 16MB download).

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #7
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Woohoo, they increased load times, added some huge ugly toolbars, and put an ad banner in the corner. Back to the old version!

Banner? What banner? Some stupid Acrobat logo or advertisements??

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #8
You mean it's even more bloated than v5? I'll ignore that then - 5 is bad enough! How many different stupid little plug-ins does it have to initialise just so that I can look at a single page of text?!

Sorry - Acrobat is one of the few progs that I find essential, but annoying. Other progs are usually essential and good/acceptable, or annoying but not really needed very often. Acrobat (with the system tray thing disabled - maybe that's where I went wrong!) takes forever to start, and used to crach my old system if launched within IE.

Of course, Apple Quicktime for windows is even worse, but I can live without that!

Cheers,
David.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #9
The banner is a quick link back to the Adobe site.
Every time you open Acrobat the subject changes.



This is like those "tip of the day" windows that come up
with some applications, which you can disable.
But with Acrobat its in the toolbar, and I can't find a way to hide it.
Blah...seems kinda useless to me.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #10
Given the recent TV ad  campaign, I imagine the tip will at least occasionally be: "why not buy our PDF writer?", and eventually  "get the new release!"

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #11
How to remove the ad from Adobe Reader 6.0:

In Edit -> Preferences -> Startup, uncheck "Show Messages and automatically update"

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #12
Thanks Ardax.
No more ad.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #13
The thing is, PDFs created with the latest Acrobat 6.0 that uses any features that wasn't available in 5.x will not display properly in Reader 5.0. 

And yes, Adobe is bloating up Reader nicely, 15MB now, what will Reader 7.0 be? 30MB?       

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #14
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And yes, Adobe is bloating up Reader nicely, 15MB now, what will Reader 7.0 be? 30MB?       

Try downloading the version without the search function, i think it's 8 MB or so. Adobe Reader 5.0 with search was also around 15 MB already.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #15
I don't mind the size - it's the amount of time it takes to startup that annoys me.

I've deleted a whole bunch of the .api files I didn't like the look of (accessibility, forms etc etc), turned off the splash and the advert on the toolbar and I'm not minding 6.0 so much now.
Deleting the .api files has cut the loading time down to 3 or 4 seconds. It was taking 30 seconds before I butchered it.


<RANT>
The whole .api thingy is a complete f*ck up if you ask me - what was so wrong with .dlls?
Everything adobe writes takes years to start up. A 30 second startup is ok if you're going to be editing pictures all day in Photoshop, but not to look at some product brochure on a website.
</RANT>

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #16
Every Adobe app (Pagemaker 7, PhotoShop & ImageReady 7, Acrobat 5) I have is slow loading. Each one must load a bazillion dll's (or other). May be postscript related.

xen-uno

edit: I guess I continued 264556's rant
No one can be told what Ogg Vorbis is...you have to hear it for yourself
- Morpheus

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #17
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<RANT>
The whole .api thingy is a complete f*ck up if you ask me - what was so wrong with .dlls?
Everything adobe writes takes years to start up. A 30 second startup is ok if you're going to be editing pictures all day in Photoshop, but not to look at some product brochure on a website.
</RANT>

The .api files are just plain old DLLs, renamed to have a .api extention instead.

Adobe Releases Acrobat Reader 6.0

Reply #18
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The .api files are just plain old DLLs, renamed to have a .api extention instead.

Silly me - I had assumed that the only way to get shared libraries working this slow would be to write them in an interpeted language or compile them on the fly.

 
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