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Chapter 13. Other Applications > Acrobat Reader 6

13.1. Acrobat Reader 6

Adobe's Acrobat Reader 6.0 is the latest version of the ubiquitous free PDF reader, found on seemingly every version of every major operating system. On Mac OS X, Acrobat Reader 6 has some compelling features that make it a worthy opponent to Apple's own Preview application, including better password support and searches that work on all your PDFs at once (Edit → Search).

13.1.1. Greatly Reduce Acrobat Reader 6 Startup Time

One of the not-so-great things about Acrobat Reader 6, especially when compared to its predecessor, is that it takes about a decade to launch. The delay is due to a series of plug-ins that provide additional features to the program. Each plug-in takes time to load, and not just once—they reload every time you launch. And here's the kicker: if you simply download PDFs from the Internet, chances are you'll never need the vast majority of these plug-ins anyway.


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