Adobe Reader X now displays ADS when viewing a PDF file?

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  1. VirtualLarry

    VirtualLarry Lifer

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    I just installed Reader on my newly-installed Win7 64-bit rig, and it was Reader "X" (10). I see this in the EULA:

    "7. Connectivity and Privacy. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

    7.1 Use of PDF Files. When you Use the Software to open a PDF file that has been enabled to display ads, your Computer may connect to a website operated by Adobe, an advertiser, or other third party. Your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”) is sent when this happens. The party hosting the site may use technology to send (or “serve”) advertising or other electronic content that appears in or near the opened PDF file. The website operator may also use JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to increase and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and to personalize advertising content. Your communication with Adobe websites is governed by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy found at http://www.adobe.com/go/privacy (“Adobe Online Privacy Policy”). Adobe may not have access to or control over features that a third party may use, and the information practices of third party websites are not covered by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy."

    Does this mean that Adobe Reader is now going to serve me ads whenever I view a PDF? Is this one more way that Adobe is monetizing reader?
     
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  3. manko

    manko Golden Member

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  4. lxskllr

    lxskllr Lifer

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    I haven't used Adobe reader in years, so I don't know if that policy is active. Why would you voluntarily use their crap? Some stuff we're stuck with, but there's definitely better choices in PDF readers.
     
  5. Manticorps

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    I'm using Adobe Reader X and like it so far. I haven't seen any ads, though it did try to install some toolbar when I installed it, though it seems pretty much everything does anymore. It works without fuss and is works far better for me than any of the alternatives I have tried.
     
  6. Steltek

    Steltek Golden Member

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    Unfortunately, as much as I dislike Adobe Reader, there are lots of PDF files I use that just won't work properly in anything else.

    As a general rule, when it works with my files I prefer to use Tracker Software's PDF X-change Viewer over anything else - the ability run the application without installing it and also to fill out PDF forms and save them is very useful.

    One other thing about X-Change Viewer is that end user support is very good. I had a issue with the application loosing form field focus when ALT-TAB was used to switch applications - I posted the problem in their forums, and they had it fixed in the very next application build. On the other hand, there are major bugs in Reader that Adobe has never bothered to fix.
     
  7. atreader

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    PDF documents looks and feels like going back to 1990s. 2011 is an HTML5 time, I hope all those who have the decision making (regarding document creation, uploading etc) should ditch it and adopt a more free tech that lets the user read, fill, mark, edit a locally saved document. User shouldn't need to install any plugin/addon to view the document.

    Right now I have to fill few govt. pdf Forms that has some autofill scripts etc. The autofill thing isn't working in foxit or in reader 9.4 .
     
  8. Nothinman

    Nothinman Elite Member

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    They fill different roles. You can't guarantee the look of an HTML document because each browser is slightly different in how it renders and local themes, CSS, etc can all affect it's final look. With PDF you're guaranteed that the user sees what you want. And Windows is the only OS where the user needs to install an app/plugin to view PDFs, every other OS comes with a basic PDF viewer out of the box.
     
  9. grandpaflo

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    I'd rather not load any pdf files unless I have to. Free PDF to html converter online: (converts from web links or your uploaded pdf files)

    http://view.samurajdata.se/

    or use a utility like pdftohtml for *nix to safely convert the pdf files to html format, there's bound to be something like it for windows.

    If you must load pdfs, these will do in a pinch (freeware/windows): http://stdutility.com/stduviewer.html
    http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

    another converter, freeware/windows: http://www.dopdf.com/

    If you must use Adobe, go into preferences and disable javascript with each new upgrade/installation. Try to find/use a portable app and always view PDFs offline so nothing is sent back from within the document, hence my preference for CONVERTING THEM to html.
     
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    bruceb Diamond Member

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    If this is the case, I will stick with Adobe Reader 9.4.x or go to an alternative.
     
  11. ForumMaster

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    meh. I hate adobe reader. It's slow, doesn't shutdown properly for me for some reason, and theres no reason why a stinking pdf reader should take up 150MB of ram.

    I'll stick with foxit.
     
  12. stargazr

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    I gave up on Adobe Reader after trying to keep up with the security problems/updates last year. I have been using Foxit Reader for about a half-year with no problems.
     
  13. FeuerFrei

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    I'm glad someone else noticed this in the EULA. :thumbsup:

    This is exactly the reason I have refused to upgrade Adobe Reader to v. 10. I got burned on the latest version of Skype which now has the capability to harass me with ads for microphones, headphones, calling plans, etc. :mad: Of course software companies hype their improved functionality/usability to spur you to upgrade, and omit or bury any info regarding new ad-serving functionality. The less you know about their product the happier you will be, no?
     
  14. pcslookout

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    Whoaaa I didn't know about this.

    Thank god for Ad Muncher :)
     
  15. Lifted

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    Uhhh, you're way off here. Both HTML and PDF have a standard. They are both supposed to look identical in any application (viewer or browser). HTML renders differently in different browsers, and so do pdf documents. I've seen many pdf's viewed in Foxit that looked slightingly to extremely different (on screen and printed) than when viewed/printed in Acrobat.
     
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    And since nobody answered the OP, the answer is no, you will not see ads when viewing a PDF UNLESS

     
  17. pcslookout

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    That happens around here a lot.
     
  18. postmortemIA

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    acrobat reader v.5 was last decent version ... and still opens almost all PDFs that are not using "latest features" by adobe, everything after was bloat.
     
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  19. VirtualLarry

    VirtualLarry Lifer

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    I used to install Reader 5.1 with Search, it was lightweight and rarely crashed. Unfortunately, too many PDF files available on the net these days, show up as "damaged" when opened by that reader. So much for "portable" documents. (They do open fine in the newest version of Reader.)
     
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    those versions are not patched against modern exploits. security landmines.
     
  21. Schadenfroh

    Schadenfroh Elite Member

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    Switch to Chrome, lean integrated PDF viewer and integrated Flash as well. The updates come down with Chrome updates.
     
  22. pcslookout

    pcslookout Lifer

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    I so glad there is so many better pdf readers out there like Foxit and many other very light ones.

    Love that some have the best inter gated browser plugins! They actually work fast and quick unlike when adobe reader tries to open a pdf file in the browser.
     
  23. Nothinman

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    They really need to stop that, it's retarded. Shared libraries are better for a number of reasons. So whenever there's an exploit in Flash now you've got to update at least 2 locations and hope Google gets out an update as quickly as Adobe can. I know Adobe's track record isn't great, but trusting two companies to do the same job just doubles the chance for failure.
     
  24. MrChad

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    Chrome's integrated viewer is pretty terrible, to be honest. It has little to no features for rotating pages or jumping around in the document. Most importantly, it can't print PDF files properly. I disabled it in the meantime and will use Reader X until Google can improve the functionality a bit.
     
  25. pcslookout

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    Agreed.
     
  26. MrChad

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    You generally have to update 2 locations now anyway, as IE uses the ActiveX version of Flash while Firefox, Chrome and everything else use the NS plugin version.

    I think Google's model works exceedingly well until Microsoft can partner up with major third party developers like Adobe and provide a single update mechanism through Windows/Microsoft update.