Serious vulnerability has found in Adobe’s PDF file system. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, reported that nearly half of hacker attacks this year exploited holes in Acrobat Reader, while six vulnerabilities have been discovered that target the program. He has warned people to stop using Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and switch to using an alternative reader.
It is big news for all of PDF users. Adobe is the founder of PDF format and the first choice with PDF solution. Maybe some people have started to consider switching to tools other than adobe products. But they do not know how to do. The following will give some choices when stopping using adobes.
Even before the security problem, I have quit to use Adobe Reader and found alternative for PDF viewer. Because it takes considerable long time before Adobe Reader loads up completely. Plus, it uses plenty of system resources, and then the computer slows down when using Adobe reader. There are a lot of alternative, free and lightweight PDF readers and I want to recommend best of three:
1 Foxit Reader
Foxit is the most popular alternative to Adobe Reader. This one is about 2.9 MB and loads up immediately. It also allows you to edit bookmarks in a PDF file and fill out PDF forms. The software is totally free for non-commercial use.
2 Sumatra PDF
Sumatra is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. It is minimalistic, with only 1.1MB to download. It’s designed for portable use: it’s just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive. It can read PDF files efficiently.
3 PDF-Xchange Viewer
The PDF-Xchange viewer is smaller, faster and feature richer than adobe. You can add comments and annotations or custom stamps to any PDF file for free. Another advantage is that large PDF files open quickly and pages refresh smoothly as they are scrolled Website.
Besides viewing PDF, we want to create our own PDF. Especially you are an eBook writer or just want to create a form in PDF and email to your colleagues. Then you will need a PDF creator. Yes, you can use Adobe Acrobat Pro. The problem is the software is too expensive. What if we can get some at a lesser price tag or even better for FREE? I have found some of these and summarized as follows:
1 Microsoft Word 2007 Add-in
Microsoft offers a free plug-in for Office programs to convert to PDF format. Maybe you did not know it. So as long as you have a legal copy of latest version of Microsoft word, then go to Microsoft Download page and download the SaveAsPDF Office Add – in. and directly get your word into PDF.