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You can optimize Adobe Reader 7 by removing unnecessary plug-ins. Here's how I did it. Note that this tip requires write access to /Applications):
  • Navigate to /Applications/Adobe Reader 7; control-click on the applicaiton and select Show Package Contents, then open the Contents folder in the new window that opens.
  • Create a folder named "Plug-ins (disabled)"
  • Open the regular "Plug-ins" folder, and then drag all plug-ins into the "Plug-ins (disabled)" folder except for the following:
    • WebLink.acroplugin
    • ImageViewer.acroplugin
    • EScript.acroplugin
    • Search.acroplugin
    Escript is necessary for WebLink to work, but won't do anything with JavaScript disabled (assuming you've disabled it per the instructions in my other hint).
If you don't care about following web hyperlinks in documents you read, you can move all plug-ins except Search into the disabled folder. Since I have also disabled automatic Reader updates, I don't need the updater plug-in, but you may want to keep it in otherwise. To re-enable a plug-in, drag it (and any other plug-in it depends on) back to the "Plug-ins" folder.

With plug-ins disabled, my Reader is faster and uses a smaller memory footprint -- 18.5MB versus 26MB of real memory, and 187MB versus 230MB of virtual memory.

[robg adds: You can also disable plugins through the Finder's Get Info window. Just click on the Reader application, hit Command-I, and then expand the Plug-Ins section. Disable those you don't wish to use. The above method has the advantage of being somewhat easier to work with, as the Plug-Ins section is tiny and requires a *lot* of scrolling about.]
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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: terpfan91 on Jun 03, '05 10:48:03AM

Excellent. This also seems to work for Acrobat Pro 6.0.3.

I use the commenting feature in Acrobat Pro, and for that to work you also have to keep AcroForm, Comments, EFS, and XFA active.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: prodok on Jun 04, '05 05:50:15AM

Actually, if you know what you are doing, you can disable plug-ins by moving them into another folder with any version and variant of Acrobat, since about Acrobat 2.1...

Actually, that's what may be needed with third-party plug-ins.

Max Wyss.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 03, '05 10:51:24AM

I use Preview.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: vandil on Jun 03, '05 10:57:03AM

When Preview allows you to edit/annotate Acrobat 7 PDFs and save those changes, let us know.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Jun 03, '05 11:00:06AM

me too.

although on the PC at work, i used a program called "acrobat reader speedup", which does the equivalent by disabling unnecessary plugins. It means that on my work PC acrobat reader loads in a second, rather than 10-15 like the default installation.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: juanfal on Jun 04, '05 03:19:16PM

Preview can't manage large and complex (many photos) pdf files. If you try for example scroll up and down a big MacWorld issue in PDF format (20-30 Mb), Preview crashes! Moreover, Acrobat is faster in that cases.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: arvind on Jun 03, '05 11:18:15AM

For those like me who only used Adobe Reader for reading pdf documents (and no fancy editing etc), Preview is lot (I mean LOT) slick, snappier and faster.

But you can also get rid of many extra features of Adobe Reader before you download it from Adobe webpage. For example I never needed to use the following features of the full version.

* Markup, search, and save Adobe PDF files (requires Adobe Acrobat)
* Play back embedded movies, animation and sound
* Activate accessibility features built into PDF files
* View Adobe Photoshop® Album slide shows and electronic cards
* Read and organize digital editions (formerly eBooks)

Deselecting these options makes the download drop from 20MB to 14MB. In my experience, this stripped down Adobe Reader is faster than the regular ones. Your milage may vary.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: jedik on Jun 03, '05 11:29:33AM

You can enable/disable the plugins in the Finder's Get Info window as well (select Adobe Reader then COMMAND+I).

Cheers

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:: Jedi Knight ::
-- Mac Rules! --



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: kyngchaos on Jun 03, '05 11:33:35AM

This could be a problem with an update. Don't know if Adobe updaters are smart enough to figure out where disabled plugins are. Either the updater will fail because it can't find the plugins, or it will install bits of a plugin where it expects to find it. If it understands the plugin disabling of OS X, good for Adobe, they did something right. Unless you're sure it works, you should enable plugins before an update to Adobe Reader.

If you want to do it right, like the Mac OS X way, you should probably use "Plug-ins Disabled" as the folder name. An easy way to do this, even if you don't want to scroll thru the Get Info Plugins list - Get Info and expand the Plugins section anyways, it will create the "Plug-ins Disabled" folder for you, then go into the package per the hint and drag plugins there.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: fud on Jun 03, '05 02:49:04PM

Does anybody know how to turn OFF viewing pdf's in Safari? I prefer the way Safari worked previously, downloading the pdf when the link was clicked on.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: myrkr on Jun 03, '05 06:16:29PM

You could try removint the "PDF Browser Plugin.plugin" from "/library/internet plugins" i believe that should do it.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: fud on Jun 06, '05 03:59:55PM

I didn't find any PDF related plugin in "/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/". I suspect that plugin is for Adobe Reader, which I have not installed after doing a clean install of 10.4, because I have needed it so far.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: cmorris on Jun 03, '05 10:06:34PM

I just hold down the shift key to disable all plug-ins. Write access irrelevant, memory signature smaller, launch speed increased and no need to remember anything except the shift key. Once you quit and relaunch (not holding shift key down) all plug-ins are back.

This work in Adobe Reader 6 and 7 as well as Adobe Acrobat Professional 6 and 7.



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Easier way
Authored by: cmorris on Jun 03, '05 10:08:05PM

I just hold down the shift key to disable all plug-ins. Write access irrelevant, memory signature smaller, launch speed increased and no need to remember anything except the shift key. Once you quit and relaunch (not holding shift key down) all plug-ins are back.

This works in Adobe Reader 6 and 7 as well as Adobe Acrobat Professional 6 and 7.



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Create a smaller, faster Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: prodok on Jun 04, '05 05:47:40AM

Before moving things around in the finder, it might be a good idea to read about the plugins and their dependencies in the menu Adobe Reader --> About Adobe Plug-ins...

In any case, this should help understanding what one is doing...

Max Wyss.



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Disables PDFs in Safari for me
Authored by: brycesutherland on Jul 30, '06 05:19:00PM

While this hint does indeed speed up the opening of PDFs in the stand-alone Reader, it also broke Safari's ability to open a PDF in the browser, which was more valuable to me. Re-enabling Reader's disabled plugins returned that functionality.

Maybe it was just me/my system though?



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