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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Ctrl + H takes you to History. There is a clear data option there.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Papakid

Also you can click on the new tab for history, bookmarks and speed dial management. Is that anon enough for you? :-)

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago carbotec

I use EPIC Browser with its built in VPN which can be turned on or off. I have been using this browser for some time and when using the VPN it does not slow down my internet connection. It also blocks trackers and wipes surfing data on exit. Based on chrome has very similar settings. Ideal second browser for private surfing.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Papakid

I've been using this browser for a while now, bit more than a year. I never have used Chrome on my desktop--don't like how Google handles people. Otherwise, I like to have alternatives to Firefox and IE, which for a time meant Opera, but I became disillusioned with them. When they switched to the same engine as Chrome I tried the upgrade, but none of my large collection of bookmarks would transfer. I switched back to the old version with the original Opera engine where my bookmarks were still present and used that for a while, because some were saying they lost their bookmarks altogether using the new Opera. And when they complained about it in the forums, they were told if they don't like Opera to not use it, what do you expect from a free browser. Then I heard that some of the Opera people had split off and designed Vivaldi. I was hoping it had the old Opera engine, but at least they stayed true to Opera's original mission, which was to design the browser with the power user in mind, and they won't tell you to take a hike if you don't like when they refuse to fix a known issue.

So if you were ever a fan of Opera, you should like Vivaldi. Take a look at their "Our Story" page for more info on the Opera connection.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

1) More customizable,
2) better performance than Chrome,
3) doesn't suffer from tab bloat like Chrome,
4) ability to have a minimal gui like chrome or a more old school type menu gui,
5) Better support from developers (like Opera had before they switched to the Chromium engine)
6) Better community support forums

Those should get you started. It isn't perfect and might not suit everyone, but I feel it is worth a try.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago SimpleMikey

I just checked the EPIC browser website, and see that it DOES NOT include a built-in VPN. What it DOES include is an encrypted proxy. This seems like a good idea for private browsing, but you will have to provide your own VPN if you want that additional level of privacy. The EPIC website mentions what they consider to be security failings of VPNs. If that is true, then EPIC with a VPN might be a very good idea.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago emgil3

Downloaded installer file and get a trojan warning when I run it:
Detected and intercepted Trojan attacks.

File: C:\USERS\...\APPDATA\LOCAL\VIVALDI\APPLICATION\VIVALDI.EXE

Name: HEUR/QVM10.1.0000.Malware.Gen

Am using Total Security 360.

Any idea?

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Most likely a false positive. Did you download it from the link provided in this article? If so I just downloaded it a few minutes ago and checked it with Virus total, Avast, and Malwarebytes and found no problems at all.

To be quite honest, Total Security 360 is not a good A/V malware program (most experts consider it junk). All of the Qiho (or however it's spelled) apps are suspect at best and harmful to your computer at worst. My recommendation is to dump that, get a REAL A/V program that works better and is more reliable, and continue to try Vivaldi. Check with BleepingComputer.com for recommendations for your A/V Malware protection software.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy

As Rev_Don says, this AV is not one I would choose either. It's riddled with false positives which are heuristically generated leading many users who don't understand what this means to ignore the results which is fine until genuine malware arrives. Better options are Avira, AVG and Avast. 57 different AV scanners tested it here and found nothing and Qihoo 360 is one of them. :) MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/sv/file/6c9717eae5b808145b7e7e58c92a119e2c1f6...

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago emgil3

Thank you all. Will likely go back to Avira or AVG. I liked earlier versions of Vivaldi and want to try it again.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago tedwest

Tried Vivaldi last night and was impressed while setting it up, most importantly because it allowed tabs on the bottom. But then... I decided I wanted a decent speed dial, so I looked for one to rival the one I use in FIrefox, and it doesn't exist, though I did find a couple that seemed moderately useful. HOWEVER, you don't appear to be able to get rid of the one that's built into the browser, and it seems both simplistic and incredibly annoying. Looking online, some people said they're "working on" being able to change it. WHAT?

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago kronicmage

Just wanted to let you know that I had the same problem at first, and that I had found a workaround:

Since you're probably using a chrome extension for your speed dial dashboard, and these chrome extensions change the newtab for *chrome*, just set the new tab page in settings to chrome://newtab (by default it is vivaldi://newtab). Works great for letting me use Momentum (new tab replacement extension) in Vivaldi.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago crombierob

Thanks MC (and Rev_Don),
You have made two old men very happy

Rob
PS I will check out No-Script Suite Lite
PPS XP USERS MAY HAVE TO INSTALL ver 1.0

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago crombierob

I detest smarmy, simplistic, Chrome
I like Vivaldi -
- Has Menus
- Lots of options
- A smart human chose the default settings. Perhaps they employ Analysts(which is very rare) to make decisions, instead of programmers.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention,
Rob
PS Google pays scant attention to Windows conventions with it's installers
Here is where Vivaldi (ver 1.0) installed it's EXE in my Windows XP 32bit -
C:\Documents and Settings\Rob\Local Settings\Application Data\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago tedwest

I want to thank you for the tip. I was looking in "Startup," and your solution is in "Tabs." So now those people who claim that Vivaldi is working on the fix are all wet, and I almost gave up. Thanks again, all the best.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

uMatrix is similar to NoScript, but has a steeper learning curve.
When I upgraded to Vivaldi 1.7 uMatrix lost some functionality, so I went back to the earlier version until they fix it.
I went from Chrome to Vivaldi when it first came out, & it is my browser of choice as it has many more options than Chrome.
I also use Firefox occasionally, & wouldn't run it without NoScript.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

'have a lot of ads which pop up'?
If you have the proper extensions, you should have no ads or popups.
Depending on how you set up Vivaldi, your settings, history, bookmarks etal, are available from the panel on the left.
You'll see a bar with an arrow along the left edge & a small rectangle in the lower left corner.
left click any of these & the panel will open.
Look for the gear icon in the lower left corner & it will open the settings in a new tab or window (depending on how you set it up).

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago crombierob

Thanks for the heads up, I will check it out (I'm in ver 1 because I use XP)
I am amazed that many people browse the web without something as protective as FF + NoScript
(For those that give it a try, and get annoyed with multiple clicks to allow scripts to run, there is a setting 'Cascade' that makes it a single click)

I have been running without any antivirus for a couple of months now (Avast was slowing things down)
The combination of FF+Noscript plus some care in my emails has kept me safe so far.
I use that XP pc 95% of the day
For really dangerous surfing I use my W10 Pro PC, with Avast enabled, and of course FF+NoScript

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

I'm not having much of a problem with ads with UBlock Origins, just pop-ups which are terrible. Since Vivaldi doesn't have a native pop-up blocker which one do you recommend? It's what is preventing me from making it my primary browser.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

'Vivaldi doesn't have a native pop-up blocker'
Go to "vivaldi://settings/content" -similar to Chrome.
Scroll down & you'll see the pop-up blocker.
As far as extensions, I use: UBlock Origin, Disable HTML5 Autoplay, HTTPS Everywhere, LastPass, Flashcontrol, uMatrix & Privacy Badger.
uMatrix is similar to NoScript, but has finer controls with a steeper learning curve.
The latest Vivaldi update (1.7) broke the uMatrix interface & I haven't been able to find a workaround.
It might be something I'm missing in the update.
I rolled back to my earlier version.
Hope this helps :)

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Sorry, but there isn't anything even close to a pop-up blocker anywhere in settings on mine. Latest version on Windows.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jack_e_alexander

I wouldn't use that program either (the anti-virus). May I suggest, from a very reliable site: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/panda_cloud_antivirus.html

This one doesn't get in your way and there is a way to turn off the ads (popups).

I've been using them for several years now. But keep using VirusTotal for anything you download otherwise.

Good luck.

regards...jack

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

Google Updater.
Runs as a service, that's why you see it running all the time.
I use Process Hacker instead of Windows Task Manager, it has much more functionality.
You can stop the service & set Google Updater to manual.
Then update Chrome from the browser itself.
The closest thing to an antivirus I have is Spybot Search & Destroy & Winpatrol Pro.
I use Spyshelter Firewall (paid) & VoodooShield (free,for now).
These two programs will let you know something is trying to run (even if you are updating an installed program).
You can allow, block, quarantine or delete.
Vivaldi does have the option for a regular menu bar.
"vivaldi://settings/appearance/" -choice of Horizontal Menu or Vivaldi Button.
Hope this helps :)

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

vivaldi://settings/content -NOT the settings in the side pane.
did you try going to this address (copy & paste in a new tab or highlight, right click & ' Go to vivaldi://settings/content'?
As I said earlier, I rolled back to version 1.6.689.34 & it works for me there.
I didn't have 1.7 installed long enough to try it.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Nope, not there in the latest version, 1.6.689.40, or 1.6.689.34 (I haven't updated all of my computers yet). Tried vivaldi://settings/content in the address bar and it just takes me to the middle of the settings menu with no Content heading or tab.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Phylis Sophical

Does Vivaldi have and extension like CoolPreview? Or some sort of ability to preview links?

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago davy

Installed Vivaldi and set up was fine,looked good until I clicked on my bookmarks and nothing happened no matter what one I clicked on.Pity as it looks good.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago jonny5tails

Try this:
http://imgur.com/FBUGJMw
You should see this:
http://imgur.com/3uV3Vfk
I opened an account at Imgur to post these & if you can't see them I did something wrong.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago i8spombots

I realise this may sound a bit lazy but very busy on the weekend with PC work & cannot afford a glitch if Vivaldi doesn't "play fair" on my PC.

So, can anyone advise if Vivaldi cures my number one peeve with a Chrome based browser, that you have to wait forever for it to open if you retain a stack of tabs's (15 odd) from the previous session? Firefox only opens held tab's when you (re)access that tab but chrome insists on accessing all tab's on the open which kills it for minutes for me. Could never find a fix just lots with the same problem.
Thanks in advance

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago davy

Update,got the bookmarks working,it seems you need to double click on bookmarks to open them unless you tick a certain box.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

It's not as slow as Chrome is, but there is some lag with a lot of tabs. It would also depend on what page is in the tab. I have about 9 that open and it doesn't make more than few seconds difference, but none of the tabs are video heavy (one of the things that tend to slow it down the most). I also have an ad blocker which helps a lot. The only way to know for sure is to try it with your specific set of tabs as there are just too many variables.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Tried that and there is nothing about a pop-up blocker there. I did find out how to get to it though. You need to go to chrome://settings/content, not vivaldi://settings/content. But from all indications from the Vivaldi Forums it doesn't work worth a darn. Since it shows as already enabled on all of my systems and I get constant pop-ups I'm inclined to agree with their assessment. I;ll continue to use Vivaldi for some sites where pop-ups aren;t an issue, but I'm sticking with Firefox for my main browser primarily for it's vastly superior pop-up blocker.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

There is ezLinkPreview http://www.simpledifference.com/ezanker/ezanker.aspx

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago budchekov

You know what this browser has which sets it apart from all I've used ?
TAB STACKING/Grouping ! Something that if Mozilla were smart they'd incorporate in Firefox.
Another + is that from day one the devs have communicated with and responded to users suggestions at their Forum/Blog....nice 'community' there.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago Phylis Sophical

Thanks Rev. I've now installed Vivaldi and the ezLinkPreview extension. Exactly what I needed. Wake up Firefox!
Besides hovering over link, It puts a button (top right). When clicked, it splits the window into two panels. On the left is the website, the Right side panel shows the contents of the links you hover over in the Left panel.
Awesome! I'm sold.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago i8spombots

Thanks rev_Don for an informative reply.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago i8spombots

FWIW

Was using a Chrome clone previously (SRWare Iron) so cannot compare it to Chrome directly, only to SRWare Iron.

That said, way faster to open (though it appears to do a lot of its work in the background as it is slow to actually appear though Task Manager shows it as running, still, as I said, "way faster" overall).

Memory management infinitely better, Iron had a memory leak, this doesn't....or if it does is very slow. With Iron I needed to reboot every 5 days to reclaim full memory - I'd get a windows has run out of memory warning.

Cons - need to learn/do a new settup & configure routine.

On initial use, though I asked for settings to be preserved on restart, my opened tabs were all gone in close and reopen of Vivaldi (used CTL H to access history and open them again as needed). So maybe install a Session Manager type extension when setting Vivaldi up if you're a tab freak. After that initial reboot it has rebooted flawlessly.

In short, thanks for the headsup on this one. It appears to be a keeper.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago CASD

They do...Add-on "Tab groups"

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago budchekov

Which the author has given up on..

http://fasezero.com/lastnotice.html

Won't be the last come Fx 57,

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago CASD

Anyone know how to keep one theme/color instead of changing colors for each web site.....Sometimes Vivaldi is too pretty and distracting :)

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago budchekov

Tools/ Settings/Themes + - buttons..you can create a new theme, color it any way you want and save it.
Not as fully skinned as a Firefox 'Full Theme' but a pretty neat fun feature.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago CASD

THanks... But it still changes color for each web site..I want it to stay the same 24/7

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 5 months ago budchekov

Hmm, WFM, all sites display the same with a nice dark skin, maybe ask at the Vivaldi Forum, https://forum.vivaldi.net/
You should get an answer from the helpful folks there.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago David Roper

At 100MB LARGER than the "Fatso" AVG, I will let others use it. Excellent Article, Vic.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago jonshim

My current malware programs says the site is dangerous. Either it is true or they are jealous

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

I tried to download it but I got a warning as well: http://i.imgur.com/nnBwb4z.png

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Browsing aids often give false positives. Instead, it is better to check sites with a range of specialist tools. MC - Site Manager. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/a910da80c256124abc573c952dccfc77b61c03... http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pcmgr-global.com/ http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/b5eadcfc5965b7dda117b5a184f45436... view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

Yeah, I thought so but I figured I'd report it here and confirm rather than ignore it.

I'll give a try later on my VM, thanks.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago papavonschoen

Thank you sir! These appear to be very useful sites.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Just to remind potential posters here that this article is about "A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite", and any comments not related to exactly that will be deleted, as will anything remotely racist. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago maynak00

anyone compare with Qihoo 360 Total Security ?
http://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/features/360-total-security/
which is better?

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago BAITMAN

FIREFOX SAID TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE FAST ...
I THOUGHT GIZMO CHECKED THIS STUFF THOROUGHLY BEFORE SUGGESTING THEM TO US???
VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! :-(

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago maynak00

WOT result: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pcmgr-global.com

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

I'm curious about this as well. I've had a lot of false positives with 360TS as of late, it's been getting annoying.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago LuckyBoy

Regarding FireFox warning to stay away from the 10Cent site, one should know I also get this warning when I access:
My Credit Union
My Bank Login
The United States Post Office (USPS.GOV) and other sites. But whenI tried "known" PUPs site, Firefox did not warn nor complain.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Try reading the other comments first, in particular #121677, before commenting yourself. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 4 years 2 months ago MrBrian

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago zdub

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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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago atomMan

PSPad has a major shortcoming in that it does not have a true column edit mode - this is a limitation of the edit control that is used

although i like PSPad for it simplicity and UI layout, it has not been the most stable editor in my experience, nor has RJ TextEd

for me, i'll stick with Notepad++ which uses the very capable and stable Scintilla edit control

also, most any capable code editor has an FTP client, whether it be native or through an extension

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago ExFiler

During the install using the RAR file, this app tried to install Conduit.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy We indicate the bundled installer plainly in the article text. MC - Site Manager. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago rob.schifreen Unfortunately, RJ TextEd triggers the VirusTotal scanners so I am not able to recommend it. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 4 years 10 months ago zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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A New Way to Read and Take Notes on the iPad 3 years 9 months ago BruceLeeRoy

Besides not being available for Android or Windows tablets, the inability to take handwritten notes goes against all the research that indicates that learning is better enabled than with typing notes. But, cool none the less. Thanks.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months ago Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 5 years 9 months 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 7 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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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 3 years 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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