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Old 10-15-04, 12:19 PM   #1
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Speed Loading of PDF Files

Originally from PC Magazine (edited to add Otto's suggestion):
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Speed Loading of PDF Files
By Neil J. Rubenking, PC Magazine

Our readers frequently ask why Adobe Reader 6 is so slow to load when they open a PDF file. The main reason is that the Reader doesn't load alone—it comes with a crowd of plug-ins. If you watch the splash screen carefully you can see their names flip past. Most people need only a handful of these plug-ins. If you'd like to load PDF files faster, follow these simple instructions:
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader
  • Create a folder called "Optional" (it may already exist)
  • MOVE (as in CUT and paste) all the files from the "plug_ins" folder to the "Optional" folder except the following three files: EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api
That's all you need do. The next time you load a PDF file, only those three plug-ins will come along, and you should notice a significant speed improvement. The other plug-ins will load only as needed.
It now takes me less than 2 seconds to load a PDF document.
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Old 10-15-04, 01:57 PM   #2
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Good tip. PDFs load slighty faster for me.
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Old 10-15-04, 02:13 PM   #3
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Not too helpful for Writer since it need most of the plugins.
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Old 10-15-04, 04:09 PM   #4
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Nice tip! Thanks.
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Old 10-15-04, 05:54 PM   #5
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If you use the folder name of "Optional" instead of "plugins_not", then the plugins will actually be available to you in Acrobat, but you still get the increased startup time. The plugins get loaded automatically, but the optional ones get loaded only on demand.
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Old 10-15-04, 06:55 PM   #6
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and optional should already be there, at least it was for me, with a readme saying it was for unused plugins
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Old 10-16-04, 02:34 AM   #7
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Cool. Thanks Otto. Revised original post to reflect your suggestion.
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Old 10-16-04, 07:58 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tip! Works for 5.0 too. MUCH faster!!!

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Old 10-16-04, 08:04 PM   #9
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Awesome. Thank you for the information!
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Old 10-18-04, 07:26 AM   #10
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No need to perform this task manually. Just download Adobe Reader Speedup to automate the process. Another reason to use this little utility is the fact that it provides some information about each plugin to help you decide which one you would like to leave enabled—plus you don't have to install it.
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Old 08-20-05, 11:06 PM   #11
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bump, as I just had to do this
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Old 08-21-05, 04:44 PM   #12
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thanks for the bump. i was just looking for this info.
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Old 08-21-05, 05:11 PM   #13
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Why not just upgrade to Acrobat 7.0?
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Old 08-21-05, 07:23 PM   #14
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nice tip....thanks
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Old 08-21-05, 07:43 PM   #15
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bump, as I just had to do this
Totally unnecessary since Adobe 7 now loads a speedup at startup.
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Old 08-22-05, 12:16 AM   #16
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as in start up of the computer or the program?
if it's at startup of the computer screw it. I hate crap starting at boot
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Old 08-22-05, 05:39 AM   #17
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Why not just upgrade to Acrobat 7.0?

Last time I checked if you wanted to upgrade to 7.0 Adobe forces you to install the Yahoo toolbar (iirc). If you decline and decide to manually delete the Adobe upgrade you can not manually delete the Yahoo toolbar install unless you abort the whole instance.

I don't like that kind of blackmail behavior and it's turned me right off. Out of principle I refuse to comply with Adobe's behavior. I'd rather use 3rd party tips and tricks and programs to tweak Adobe Reader rather than go "official".

7.0 is no upgrade to me. Anyone want Yahoo toolbar raise your hands.
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Old 08-22-05, 06:53 AM   #18
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Not true. You don't have to download the Yahoo Toolbar when you download 7.0.
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Old 08-22-05, 07:42 AM   #19
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as in start up of the computer or the program?
if it's at startup of the computer screw it. I hate crap starting at boot
It starts up at the computer. It doesn't take any longer too boot up. Stop being a CPU cycle miser .
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Old 08-23-05, 01:54 AM   #20
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Not true. You don't have to download the Yahoo Toolbar when you download 7.0.
Yes true, I just fired up Reader 6.0, attempted to find updates and found 7.0 among other things. Moved it to the right and then Yahoo Toolbar appears.

Try to delete 7.0 and it goes ... but YT cannot be removed.

I won't fall for such underhanded tactics.

You may be lucky enough to not have this experience Zuffy but unfortunately Adobe is still pissing me off.
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Old 08-23-05, 03:12 AM   #21
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If you want blazing fast opening of PDFs, i'd recommend Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php).
small, single executable and, in the latest version, you can type onto your document.
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Yes true, I just fired up Reader 6.0, attempted to find updates and found 7.0 among other things. Moved it to the right and then Yahoo Toolbar appears.

Try to delete 7.0 and it goes ... but YT cannot be removed.

I won't fall for such underhanded tactics.

You may be lucky enough to not have this experience Zuffy but unfortunately Adobe is still pissing me off.
Just download 7.0 from Adobe's website instead of the Adobe Download Manager. When you download the full version of 7.0, you have the option to uncheck the box NOT to download Yahoo Toolbar.
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Old 08-23-05, 09:18 AM   #23
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Just download 7.0 from Adobe's website instead of the Adobe Download Manager. When you download the full version of 7.0, you have the option to uncheck the box NOT to download Yahoo Toolbar.
Exactly what I was about to post. I have done this on 4 machines so far and no Yahoo toolbar.
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Old 08-23-05, 09:20 AM   #24
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Yeah.. I was just going to say that I have Adobe 7 and don't have Yahoo Toolbar. *shrug*
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Just download 7.0 from Adobe's website instead of the Adobe Download Manager. When you download the full version of 7.0, you have the option to uncheck the box NOT to download Yahoo Toolbar.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Uncheck Adobe Yahoo! Toolbar and Adobe Photoshop® Album 2.0 Starter Edition before downloading and you should be good to go.
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