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jimstewart
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Posted - 02/19/2008 :  22:49:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
what free programs are available that read pdf files?
thanks jim s.

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D.Oliver
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  00:10:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gee, Jim.

There are almost too many to mention. I have tried some of them, but I still gravitate back to Adobe Reader. PDF995 is good from my recollection. I tried the Foxit PDF reader, but something about it kept me from calling it good.


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Edited by - D.Oliver on 02/21/2008 00:15:09
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Mick
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  00:27:14  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Guess I am less picky than David. I have been using Foxit reader for a couple of years. Adobe is just so huge and slow. And it was pestering me about something, and I uninstalled it. If you want to use the most advanced form-filling-and-calculating features, you might want to keep Adobe handy.

But then I dont care much for the whole concept of PDF format the way most people use it--it is necessary if you really need to keep the format frozen and ready to print, but for most stuff, it is so much friendlier to allow the reader to pick his favorite font/size/margins like HTML. (my opinion is in the minority)
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ExVeep
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  10:03:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using pdf995 for sometime and find it quite good.

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D.Oliver
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  20:49:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mick, Did you find that Foxit Reader works well with Vista? There was just something about Foxit (and I can't remember what it was) that was difficult for me to get comfortable with. Ah, but my mind is in regression.

David
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Mick
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  21:09:47  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
David, Foxit seems fine with Vista, I dont do anything fancy with it. The free version has an ability to type annotations, draw on documents etc it will not save the notes, and leaves a little "trial" notation ad on the document if you try to print the notes.

I was a PDF995 user for quite a while, but (my memory is fuzzy also) I think it was installing at the C: root folder location, rather than in Program files, and this just seems unsanitary.

Mick


Edited by - Mick on 02/21/2008 21:10:17
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D.Oliver
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  22:01:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That was it! I was needing to save notes and didn't care for the trial notation ad. Thanks for the "jog."

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jimstewart
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  23:43:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for the info and ideas
another source has told me that freespire/linux will read pdf
any experience, anybody?

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Mick
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  23:47:56  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Try this
http://lwn.net/Articles/113094/

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armonddunn
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Posted - 11/05/2010 :  17:43:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been trying all afternoon, can anyone tell me how to fill a PDF form. I have reader 9 which is supposed to allow filling in the blanks. Or, is there a program that will let me?
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armonddunn
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Posted - 11/05/2010 :  18:05:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot to mention about reading the PDF file and asking for help, that it was sent in an email.
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Mick
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Posted - 11/05/2010 :  22:56:13  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have not used the Adobe PDF reader for a while, because it is has a history of security bugs, plus it is slow and klunky. But it should be the most capable, because they set the standard. But I use the Foxit pdf reader, and it seems to work ok for forms. You sure you got the form from a reputable source? Maybe the form is just bad?

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D.Oliver
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Posted - 11/06/2010 :  17:02:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The source of the form (web site) should state explicitly that it is a 'fill-in' form. IRS has fill-in forms as do most state taxing agencies. Others *should* state this.


David
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D.Oliver
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Posted - 12/21/2010 :  22:36:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Armond,

Have we been able to clear up your issue with the PDF form? Just curious. Thanks


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