Quite a good trick to speed up Adobe Reader is to go into the installation directory, eg.
and select everything in the "Plugins" folder. Move it all to the "Optional" folder, so when you start Adobe reader it doesn't load all the plugins before you can use it. If you frequently use a feature such as forms or auto-update, you can move the plugins back to the plugin folder and they'll load whenever it starts.
This is a great trick, and cut Adobe's start up time on my computer to about a quarter the time it used to take.
Well worth a try before you start uninstalling it and using alternative software!
I prefer foxit.
it is really light.
my pc is a little bit slow and don't have so much hd, so for me foxit is a good choice.
I just use Preview...but I am on a Mac. I haven't tried anything but Adobe Reader on windoze.
With the hard disks pc's have today, you really don't need to worry about the size of a software.
I mean how will you ever get your hard disk full ?
What size do you guys have if you are worrying about the size of Acrobat reader ?
I just switched to it yesterday and it's pretty cool. Adobe Reader is to much bloated. I mean, 60MB just for a reader?! No way! Just a couple of corrections to what you said.
1. It requires installation.
2. It's 4MB estimated.
Great program, the only thing I miss from Adobe Acrobat Professional are excellent converters to various formats, which are way better than other alternative converters. That's why I kept Acrobat on my computer.
For windows is Foxit better. When I view some PDF with many images, amount of memory alocated by Adobe Reader excede ram size, foxit use about 20MB of ram for the same document.
But I personally prefere KPDF
gnome's default PDF viewer is much better but for windows, foxit is definately better than adobe acrobat!