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Semiah Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Is there another program beside Adobe Reader that will open a PDF in my browser ? Adobe will only open a blank PDF page from my browser or I have to download a file. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing, lastest and earlier versions. I also went to filehippo to no avail. I contacted Adobe for paid tech help and was left hanging on the phone waiting for a "special support team". I am running Windows XP home SP3 .

I don't know what to do next; your help would be greatly appreciated.



puget1 RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/417...

Essay per Maurice Joyce
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ADOBE FREE PDF READER REPLACEMENT
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Background.
There has been many posts on the Forum on the difficulty of updating the frequently vulnerable free Adobe Reader.

This should now have been eliminated in that Adobe have activated an auto updater to this product which allegedly keeps users safe if set up correctly.Details here:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20002045-245.htm...

Others have commented on the sheer bloatware*** of Adobe & I suspect some believe that without Adobe being installed Windows will not work or the reading of PDF files/documents is impossible.

Neither of the last two points are correct. Until recently many OEM versions of Windows came pre installed with this programme & many websites still,quite incorrectly,imply that to read any PDF document Adobe must be installed & a download link is provided to facilitate this.

These misconceptions are slowly being addressed in that some OEM's have withdrawn Adobe as a "must have" & leave the user to choose & install their own.Equally, websites have replaced the Adobe download link with "To read this file U require a suitable PDF reader".

To date, Adobe have not produced any 64Bit versions to their products.

Fact
Adobe no longer dictate the standard governing PDF. It is now an ISO. More details are here:
http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1...

This is important. If U are thinking of switching to another reader choose one that complies with the latest standard (Adobe does). Equally, those writing in the PDF format should be using that standard as well.
This gives the user the option to use the reader of their choice without loss of READER functionality.

I have highlighted READER because that is all that is required to open a PDF document. Some want more without payment & that is where the real differences are with the alternatives on offer. Each has different add-on gizmo's that some like to use.

Alternatives

There is good reading here on some alternatives:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software
and
http://windowssecrets.com/2008/07/03/04-From-paper...

There are others:

Nuance: The link & details are here:
http://www.nuance.com/imaging/products/pdf-reader....

It has a 64 Bit version & is fully ISO compliant. The vulnerability/security record of their products can be read here:
http://secunia.com/advisories/product/28957/?task=...

Tracker Software: Link is here:
http://www.docu-track.com/product/pdf-xchange-view...

Again, it has a 64 Bit version & is ISO compliant. The vulnerability/security record is here:
http://secunia.com/advisories/product/18144/?task=...
This programme was brought to the notice of the Forum by @Puget1 some time ago

Foxit: Link here:
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/reader3.ph...

It is only 32 Bit,ISO compliant but comes with an extra payload of an ASK Toolbar unless the custom install is used to prevent it being installed.
http://secunia.com/advisories/product/20648/ has details of it's security/vulnerability record.

Each programme website has a list of what extra features they include to allow for further comparison against your current reader.

I do not like making personal recommendations,nor should this post be viewed as promotional, but I hope this small piece of research will save time for anyone looking for an alternative PDF Reader.

That said, I have tested Foxit/PDF-Xchange/Nuance (they are all international Companies,who,like Secunia have offered a free limited version of their core business programme) & from a pure PDF reading viewpoint they are far faster,certainly more secure & less bloated*** than Adobe.


*** The largest download & installation file size & slowness to open a PDF document.














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Semiah RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Thank you puget 1 for referring me to the article from Maurice. I will try out some of the suggested programs. The only thing I want it to do is to open a PDF directly in my browser, I do not want to have to download a file and then open it. Maybe that feature has something to do with an add-on. I am not that tech savvy. Thanks again.

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TiMow RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Hi Semiah

The above info that puget1 has provided from Maurice Joyce, gives a useful, comprehensive, non-biassed insight into the different PDF's available.

To simplify (if it helps), from a normal user's ("layman's") point of view, I ditched Adobe Reader in favour of Foxit, quite a while back - as have many other users (from reading here on the forum, suggests).

Whilst always tricky making direct recommendations - as you have asked - then I will give you a specific answer, but only from my viewpoint.

When you need purely to view a PDF document, as you have described, then Foxit copes with the task adequately.

I cant recall if Maurice referred to it, in his piece, but if you choose Foxit, then choose Custom install, and look out for the checkbox that includes Ask toolbar in the installation - unless you're keen to have this, then you need to uncheck this box.

TiMow

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Semiah RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Thanks for the input TiMow. I used to be able to open a PDF file directly into my browser (MSN Explorer) I finally contacted the web site that I am concerned with and they told me that they no longer support Explorer. THAT may be the crux of the problem. Or it could be my Kaspersky internet security, I'm told. I will try using another browser, and see if I am able to view a PDF without saving it,etc. In any event, I am going to ditch Adobe Reader for one of the others and put this issue to rest.


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Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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@semiah

U are correct - it could be that one link.

I have just tested the Nuance & PDF-Xchange programmes using IE8 with MSN (US) as my homepage. Opens PDF's like a rocket.

If U want me to test the troublesome site what is the full URL?


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Semiah RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Maurice:

Thank you for your reply to my problem: I'm getting ready to install another browser and will use that instead of Explorer to access the troublesome site, which is password protected. We will see if that works and if it allows me to have instant viewing of a PDF.

I assume that all readers will open any PDf. I'll try Nuance instead of Adobe. As I mentioned, my skill in computers is pretty thin; but I learn a little more each time I turn to the Forum. Thanks again.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Adobe Reader (9.3.2) & earlier will not open PDF in browser, cannot View
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Nuance is good. I use their professional versions & have done for years - hassle free, fast & secure.

As my reproduced article (above) explains all PDF readers will open PDF files without Adobe. The differences between them all is their security record & the "extras" which differ slightly.

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