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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 4 months ago KrinkleKrunk

Here is a way to test which DNS servers are actually fastest for your particular machine. < https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm > What is fastest for one person in a certain location may not be fastest for another person in a different location. I use OpenDNS because of the features, regardless of whether or not it is the fastest.

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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 4 months ago howiem

The latest version as of today, 6 June 2015, is 1.0.6 and the GUI is somewhat changed from earlier versions - there is no backup function like the one in the screenshot above - I could not find a reason why.

A direct link to the DNS Jumper page is at http://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v1-0-6/ where there is a good tutorial as well.

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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 4 months ago gizmo.richards Thanks for the updated version number and download link. This has now been incorporated into the article. view
A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 4 months ago twigginsfl

I use a tool called namebench. Google it. If I try to post the url, it gets blocked. It is more complicated than the currently discussed tools, but the data it provides is more detailed.

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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 4 months ago Remah

We have an article How to find the best DNS server which covers DNS Benchmark, namebench and DNS Jumper.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago mikmik

That WinAero is a decent downloads site.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Yes, they have some interesting stuff. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago rangergord

Terrific tip and great site. Thanx

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago LukeSBE

Does it work on Vista?
(can't try it out right now - I'm at work...)

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago gkramer

why not simply disable UAC? I have - never seen a message from it.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The developer does not say it works on Vista but I haven't tried it there. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago cptdoom

now how do I pin this to the taskbar?

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Right-click the EXE file and choose "Pin to Taskbar". view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago courtenayguy

Am I doing something wrong here?
I tried the link above for WINAERO and it took me to VisualBee, where, after bypassing a pile of software it wanted to add to my pc, it downloaded VisualBee for Miscrosoft PowerPoint, and something called a VisualBee V.1 toolbar!!
I used REVO UNINSTALLER to remove both, and the toolbar wouldn't go away when I opened my CHROME browser.
This is the 2nd instance where I downloaded software from a TECHSUPPORT email, and it loaded junk! I can't believe the gurus there are putting this stuff out for the community to use?
Or am I doing something WRONG?

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Our links do not take you to anything called VisualBee. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago dadwhiskers

I have found UAC to be an absolutely worthless nuisance, and turning it off is the first thing I do with an install. Just use a good AV, don't go to p0rn etc. sites, and there'll never be a problem. Karma, I think that's called.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago BearPup

I guess I'm in agreement with disabling UAC. Given that most (?all?) people simply click on "yes" to allow the program to run anyway, I'm not sure it serves any useful purpose. It seems that after the first few times, it becomes just a nuisance that people get 'trained' to ignore.

A more useful line of defense is when one of my security programs, i.e., my antivirus or firewall program gets triggered and asks for permission to do something. Better yet, Microsoft should design it so that a randomly selected security warning gets triggered, e.g., three times running my antivirus program gets triggered, then my secure search bar, then my firewall, etc. . Now that would get my attention!

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC. If you want to debate the usefulness of UAC, try posting in the forum. You could start an interesting thread there. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago Sgluber

Totaly agree!

The continous use of UAC takes (almost) everyone to click always on "Yes" with no reading of the prompted window.

The time show us that UAC is one more useless (or nearly useless) "security feature" from Microsoft.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago cptdoom

I meant the shortcut that I created, not the actual program

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago Anupam Are you sure you clicked on the right link? The link on this article is not wrong, and it takes you to the WinAero page, and there is no VisualBee anywhere there. And anyways, even if you did go to wrong page, you should be careful enough to see that this article mentions WinAero, and not VisualBee, and you should not have downloaded it, and even if you downloaded, you should not have installed it. You did something wrong at your end it seems. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago courtenayguy

I must have clicked on something else! Amazing..tried it again and all's well. I'm no rookie at this, but I must have been careless somewhere along the way on this one! Thanks...and sorry for misleading YOU!

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago Anupam Thanks for posting back, and its OK... it happens sometimes. Glad this time it went fine for you. Still, it's strange to think what might you have clicked on that time, which led you to the wrong link. Well, be careful :). We always make sure that whatever links we post are safe, and we also try to inform users of any bundled extras that might be there in the setup. Still, we can also miss things sometime, and make mistakes. We always appreciate anything that we might have missed, and is bought to our notice. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago benedict1

Windows 8 system. Tried this on the program Search Everything which I use all the time. I made the elevated icon per instructions but it doesn't work. Killed it and tried again. Same result. What am I missing? This is about as simple as it gets but for some reason I am stuck.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago gleasonll

I tried creating a new shortcut and modifying an existing shortcut. Neither of them worked. I just get a flash of a black box, and then nothing.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie All I can say is that it worked for me on Windows 8 64-bit. I made two different shortcuts with no problem. The program itself has to go through a UAC challenge, of course. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie What is your operating system? It works fine for me on Windows 7 or 8. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago Joe A.TT

I'm with Vic on this. It is irresponsible to give average users the impression that they should just turn-off UAC. IMHO, it would be far better to point out that there are several options available in configuring UAC, and these should only be selected to match the experience of the user.

If a user falls into the habit of just "clicking through" the UAC prompt, then IMHO, they are likely to be the same type of user who don't "read the screen". Case in point is an experienced user knows that not reading the screen could cause them to install unwanted bundled components during a software download. IMHO, developing habits that contribute to letting your guard down is not a good thing.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago gleasonll

I failed to mention the I tried this on Win 7.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie I've made several shortcuts on Windows 7 64-bit. Maybe your security software is blocking it. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago gleasonll

I just tried making elevated shortcut(s) (new and modified)on my laptop (running Win 7) with the same results as I described on my desktop. A black box flashes by and then nothing.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Are you running in a limited account? view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago benedict1

It does work just fine! I forgot that when Everything installs unless you opt out it will run at Startup. Uninstalled, reinstalled and now it works fine. I just did it for Auglogics too and will use it everytime I get UAC popping up. Good program. Bad me.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us. I always appreciate it when people tell us how things resolved. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago gleasonll

No, an administrative account.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The developer's site does not say so but maybe the program uses some .NET framework. Have you removed .NET framework components? Otherwise, the only other thing I can think of is that your security software may be blocking it. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy I also agree that UAC should be left alone. Despite the failings of all OS manufacturers, Microsoft did not invest this amount of time and money to turn out a product that is "absolutely worthless". Here's a couple of others that also agree. http://www.7tutorials.com/uac-why-you-should-never-turn-it-off http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=317697 For me, disabling security features demonstrates a lack of concern for security, period. Of course users are free to operate their computers how they see fit, but it is important not to rely on often flawed third party advice, but to research the subject for yourself. MC - Site Manager. view
A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 6 years 8 months ago George.J You've raised a very good point. This is true, which makes UAC less effective. An average home user will click on Yes, if the pop up's keeps repeating itself, This comes as a result of his/her reflex. This is especially if 99% of the programs on his computer is safe and if the annoying pop-up's comes up all the time, the rest 1% will also go unpunished. Also for average users it's not easy to identify whether the program they are trying to run is malware or not. The pop-up's doesn't imply anything except whether they want to continue to run. Window's doesn't tell "Hey what you're doing wrong. This is malware". Nowadays malware bypass the security feature by acting as an "innocent" application and making user to click Yes. Mind you there are many other ways to bypass UAC with the so called "smart" codes. The next thing that they will try to learn to do is how to disable this annoying feature from the experienced users. While the intention of Microsoft was good bringing UAC, it's often gives people a false sense of security and more annoyance. I never advise anyone to turn off the UAC, but neither does it protect you if you click continue without thinking of the consequences. For UAC to be useful and to be less annoying this article by Vic is pretty good. :) view
A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

I have meds to improve my memory....but I keep forgetting to take them.

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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Rick Grunwald

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Would you like jigsaw puzzles in your inbox?
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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Catsup22

Nothing for Windows 7? Is that happening now, where publishers are creating apps so high tech that they won't run on Windows 7 or earlier? That is not good. Nice article though, and thanks for putting it out there for us. Just too bad the puzzles aren't for wider use.

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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Catsup22

Thanks for the info!

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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Catsup22

The grunwalds site has a broken "subscribe" function.

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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Rick Grunwald

I just sent you a PM - the site is working as of now
http://mail.grunwalds.com/mailman/listinfo/jigsaw-puzzles-for-all_grunwalds.com

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A Puzzle A Day Keeps the Doctor Away 3 years 9 months ago Catsup22

okay - thanks. I'll check it out.

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A Private Social Network For You And 11 Friends 4 years 1 month ago bernardz

11 people is probably too little for a social network even of a close family, however, what it may be good for is for a small organization of less than 11 people.

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A Private Social Network For You And 11 Friends 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

It's clearly designed for a business environment Bern but I suspect Rob intends to use it for a fantasy football league he has setup with the other Gizmo staffers. Notice also that the word start precedes free....which leads me to believe there is a surprise waiting for users after maybe a month using this.

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A Practical Way to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time 1 year 5 months ago classicggma65

Thanx for the site...have checked it out, donated and registered. Will have fun exploring the site over the next few days.

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A Practical Way to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time 1 year 5 months ago godel

Have you noticed that their website still isn't using HTTPS? They're using PayPal for donations now which should make it safe, but that's one of the things that put me off donating in the past.

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A Practical Way to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time 1 year 5 months ago mchldpy

If someone has concerns but really wants to help and donate, you can go to your Paypal account and send a donation to them at their Paypal email address. It's very easy.

NOTE -
The number/license whatever you want to call it should be kept where you can find it. You will need it to download any apps from their site in the future.

Some good stuff there.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Thanks for the tip.
How does this software compare with the highly recommended ones in the "Best Free Video Editing" list? See http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editing-program.htm.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago tedwest

I tried this some months ago. My main recollection is that if couldn't get it to be "frame accurate" and it was unnecessarily complicated, though I admit that my memory of it is vague. To me, the best free editor is Avidemux (preferred), or Freemake (fewer features but far simpler).

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago Mark S.

I usually use Avidemux, which is free and open source. It's easier to use than many video editors, but it also has many powerful features, and handles all normal video formats.

If you just want to cut and paste, or link a few clips together with simple transitions, or convert from one format or size to another, or use filters to sharpen or brighten a clip, or get the sound in sync, etc., it's quick and simple to do.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago DrBongo

DaVinci Resolve is the Editor's Choice with 5 stats. This one only got 4.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago DannyJr

The editor looks decent enough. Simple controls, RibbonUI, straightforward NLE design. It uses only 100MB of harddrive space so that is a major plus. It launches very slowly though. It seems to load a lot of stuff during launch. It also starts with a splash screen nagging to upgrade to the pro version.

When exporting, it will again nag you to purchase the pro version because "hardware acceleration" is a pro feature. You can click continue to disregard the nag screen, or just go to options > acceleration options > uncheck use hardware acceleration for encoding video to remove the export nag screen. It does "feel" a tad slow to encode.

VSDC likes to crash when you change the video resize mode to supersampling or lanczos interpolation from linear interpolation, especially when you've already encoded a video from the latter.

When you install this editor, it also comes with a video capture app and a screen recorder app.

Overall, it seems okay for moderate editing and touch-ups, but it is not as "professional" looking or as powerful as say Hitfilm4 or Da Vinci Recode. But it is definitely a capable nonlinear video editor.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago DannyJr

Since I've tried most of the video editors listed therein, I can say it's a standard NLE. It doesn't have the color capabilities of Da Vinci Recode. It is easy to use compared to most NLE but not as easy or as powerful as Hitfilm 4.

It's a middle-of-the-road editor. If you don't need a professional-grade editor like the two programs I said above, then it's no worse than any of the rest.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 years 10 months ago Bruce_Fraser

DannyJr,
Thanks for the excellent review. That's exactly the kind of information which is useful.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago J_L

With browsers supporting PDF's, and a similarly simple PDF viewer built-in on Windows 8+, I don't really see the need to even look for an alternative of Adobe Reader anymore.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago pvilan

Excuse me J_L but the reason is simple: most of Windows users are still running Windows 7 (as me), for well known reasons.
And I have been using Sumatra for years.
Peter

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago Anupam

I don't use built-in pdf reader in the browsers. In fact, I turn it off from about: config in Firefox. I like it better to download the pdf file, and then read it on my computer. I use PdfXchange Editor.

Different people have different choices.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago crosseyedlemon

Back in October 2013 over 150 million Adobe accounts were breached and their reputation has never really recovered from that. Add the problems they have had with their flash player and you can see why just about any other alternative to Adobe is probably a better choice. I've been using the PDF Xchange editor for the past couple of years with no complaints.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago CASD

I've been using the adobe more because of the cloud, it lets me read books on my cell, If anyone knows of a another cloud PDF service let me know.

Chris

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago oblivion

Sumatra is also (helpfully) not subject to the sort of exploits that have occasionally plagued Acrobat users. And I can confirm that it runs perfectly on every version of Windows I've tried it on -- XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It hasn't changed in a year, which might be a small cause for concern, but it remains an excellent product and one I cheerfully use and recommend.

Removing the PDF browser plugin and instead using Open with... for PDF documents works for me too :)

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago vpz

one more big plus: Sumatra can read djvu, xps, epub, chm, mobi....

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago sicknero

One thing I've always liked about Sumatra is that it lets you rename and delete pdfs while they are open. This does wonders for one's workflow when working with a large number of files.

Also as previously mentioned, it makes a decent ebook reader too.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago Jorpho

There is, unfortunately, one trivial feature of Adobe Reader that doesn't seem to have been duplicated elsewhere yet: When you view the entire page, the scroll button will scroll one page at a time. For some baffling reason Sumatra and PDF X-Change both insist on smoothly scrolling, as if you'd ever want to have a giant page break smack dab in the middle of the screen.

(Foxit Reader is hardly worth mentioning anymore. It's getting just as bloated and obnoxious as Adobe.)

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago gruff

You can go into View and unclick Show Pages Continuously. Then it will scroll page by page.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago wg1995

Does this application also serve as a virtual printer for files, converting them to pdf in process?

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago neilbt

As a mostly Ubuntu user, when i do use Windows i just use the Gnome Evince document viewer there as well.

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 12 months ago AJNorth

Sumatra 3.1 has been released (2015.10.24).

Changelog:

* 64-bit builds.

* All documents are restored at startup if a window with multiple tabs is closed (or if closing happened through File -> Exit); this can be disabled through the RestoreSession advanced setting.

* Printing happens (again) always as image which leads to more reliable results at the cost of requiring more printer memory; the "Print as Image" advanced printing option has been removed.

* Scrolling with touchpad (e.g. on Surface Pro) now works.

* Many crash and other bug fixes.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 3 days ago Altinkerer

This article should point out that one needs to install one of the Office programs it recommends BEFORE installing Oracle PDF Import Extension. Otherwise, Oracle will not install. Likewise, for clarity, it would be helpful to list the hyperlinks at the end in the order in which they need to be installed, not the reverse.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 3 days ago Altinkerer

Be warned, when I downloaded OpenOffice, all the WordPad documents I had saved on my hard drive were automatically converted to OpenOffice. Not exactly what I had in mind! I'm sure there's some default setting I can change to fix this, but I was not presented with this option in the process of downloading OpenOffice.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 3 days ago Altinkerer

Also, as an aside, "losing" was misspelled as "loosing" in the article.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 3 days ago Jojo Yee Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 3 days ago Jojo Yee A good comment Altinkerer. I've edited the article and hopefully it's now clearer. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 2 days ago Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 2 days ago Altinkerer

I'm not so sure that if I were reading the article for the first time, I would gather from the new sentence, "[w]ith the Oracle PDF Import Extension installed on top of LibreOffice or OpenOffice, it produces a hybrid PDF / ODF file" that a user must have one of these Office programs installed before installing Oracle. I think that that point would seem obscure to me partly because this sentence is focused on trying to make another point--namely, what kind of file is produced; and partly because the term "installed on top of" sounds vague to me, probably simply since I'm not a techie. I guess it just depends on how broad an audience you're trying to reach! I do thank you for being so quickly responsive, though, and marking the Office program links as "Requirements" at the end does help (though I think listing these first would be even clearer). Oh my, I fear that too much editorial blood is coming out in me here...sorry!

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 2 days ago Jojo Yee Agree with you Altinkerer. I've added another paragraph to emphasize what needs to be done with some other minor copy-editing. Hope this improves clarity. BTW, please click here if you're interested in joining us. We welcome all with some editorial blood. :) view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 1 day ago Altinkerer

I just opened up a copy of my Adobe Acrobat-created resume through Oracle PDF Import Extension added onto Apache Open Office, and the formatting came out severely messed up. How disappointing! Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

Or, if I were to fix up the resume's formatting in Oracle, and then edit it, is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? I'm trying to be able to edit my resume at home as needed and send it to prospective employers in a form that they'd be able to view perfectly formatted, without my having to buy Adobe Acrobat or MS Word. I only have WordPerfect at home, and usually, that's all I need. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word.

Is there some better solution?

Also, is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents, which automatically converted into OpenOffice Rich Text documents when I downloaded OpenOffice, back into WordPad form again?

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 1 day ago Jojo Yee Q. Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here? A. To create a pdf file that you can edit without losing the layout accuracy, you will need to use OpenOffice or LibreOffice to export the file as PDF as described in this article. A pdf file created by Adobe Acrobat is not a hybrid file. Q. Is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? A. Yes, so long as you edit the source document in OpenOffice and export it as PDF, including the option for creating a hybrid file. Q. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word. Is there some better solution? A. Unfortunately converting a file from one format to another is always subject to a loss in some features including layouts. This possibly includes saving a file using the same program but in a different version. Keeping only basic formatting in a file helps minimize issues in file compatibility. Q. Is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents... back into WordPad form again? A. In fact nothing have been changed except for the file association if I'm not mistaken. When you install OpenOffice, it probably changes your Rich Text documents (RTF) to be associated with it. You can change back the files to be opened with WordPad by default in a few steps below: 1. Right-click an RTF document in Windows Explorer and select "Properties" from the context menu. 2. Click the "Change" button next to "Opens with". 3. Select WordPad from the recommended programs and click OK. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 6 years 10 hours ago Altinkerer

Jojo, thanks for the edits. Things are much clearer now. Part of the problem, I think, is that you are explaining something that is inherently quite complicated and confusing. Thanks for your patience! I don't think I have the courage to officially do that kind of editing right now! ;)

Thanks, too, for the timely tips. I would've given up by now without you! I see that I got confused into thinking that "100% layout accuracy" was being promised for any PDF files that one imports into, as well as exports out, of Oracle/Office, rather than only for documents that someone makes from scratch in the latter and then exports. It sounds like another reader or two may also have fallen into that trap; it might not be bad to emphasize this distinction in the article. Unfortunately, "keeping only basic formatting in a file" is something that I just can't afford to do with a resume, in which looks count for so much. Otherwise, I would just make an RTF version and call it a day!

Anyway, I started following the steps listed for creating a hybrid file, but the "Create Hybrid File" did not come up in the PDF Options window. I know that Oracle PDF Extension is installed on my system, because it is listed in the Extensions Manager of OpenOffice. Could you please tell me how can I get this tick box to show up?

Also, this is confusing to me: "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, if the file is exported out of the location, it winds up right back in there? I guess what you're saying is the PDF version goes out and the ODF version comes in. Is that right?

It seems hard to believe that documents imported from Adobe into Writer/Oracle can become mangled in their formatting, but not the reverse. Anyway, I will try and see for myself, if I can get through the "Create Hybrid File" problem. Thanks!

P.S. Too bad that some of the formatting features I would want the most in OpenOffice are grayed out--I guess because I'm using the freebie version. It's easier for Oracle to promise "100% layout accuracy" when there are minimal layout features available in the program it supports! However, note to the wise: I was able to get horizontal lines for my resume in OpenOffice by copying them from my Adobe Reader version and then doing a lot of hand tweaking.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 12 months ago Jojo Yee While LibreOffice still keeps this line "Create hybrid file", I note that OpenOffice has now changed it to "Embed this document inside the PDF". They still work the same. Give that option a try. "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, LibreOffice or OpenOffice opens up a hybrid file like it does the normal odt file for editing. When this file is exported as pdf, the odt file is embeded into a pdf file. Hope this helps. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 12 months ago Altinkerer

By gum, I think I got it! I created a file with this extension/suite using a bunch of varied formatting including lines, bolding, different font sizes, and bulletted items, saved it in the way you described, and was able to open it unchanged in Adobe Reader. The one thing I realized (which I guess should have been obvious to me from the start) is that one must export it this way each time directly prior to its being opened in another PDF reader. That is, it's not enough to go through these steps once and then just save from on, expecting the program to continue saving all the new material you create in hybrid form.

I think my main confusion with the concept "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer" is that to me, the term "export" means that something is sent out, whereas in this case, the "exported" file is just being converted into a different form and then reappears in exactly the same place that it came from originally. But I guess that's the software's terminology problem, not yours. Or maybe I'm being too much of a narrow-minded literalist!

Anyway, having achieved victory, I can overlook the weird sideline confusions. On to creating some targeted resumes...and the next step: employment!

Thanks,

Altinkerer

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 12 months ago Jojo Yee Good to hear that it now works for you Altinkerer. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 11 months ago Himagain

Equally as valuable as the great reviews we get here is the personal support of the Editors themselves in clarifying any misunderstood points.
All of which is topped off by the intelligent friendly commenters to found here as well.

I've just downloaded Foxit and PDFX from the great reviews - will play with both(do like the idea of ocr conversion, I must say!)

THEN found this review!
Like most intelligent, good looking people, I am trying to escape Windoze and have dicovered Libre OpenOffice recently AND its amazing built-in PDF capabilties, all for the same price - FREE!

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 10 months ago Altinkerer

I finally followed through your instructions for changing my WordPad docs that became associated with OpenOffice, back into WordPad-associated files. I was just curious why you suggested opening one of these RTF documents in Windows Explorer. Instead, I simply right-clicked on one of the documents (not "in Explorer"--I don't even know what this means or how one would do it) and then followed the rest of the procedures you mentioned, after which all my RTF docs changed back into WordPad.

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RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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