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I finally tried installing Adobe Reader updates that kept popping up on my Mac .
But after downloading them, I get the message back that the updates are 'out of range' for the installer I have.
So I decided to just download the latest version and forget about updating what I had.
Latest version seems to be 8.0, but all I read are horror stories about it on the net.

Should I just stay on 7.0.5? Or what is the best latest stable version?
 

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I've just always used Preview for .pdf.


Reader isn't even installed on my eMac, is there any benefit to having it?
There is the odd pdf file that Preview has problems with, but these tend to be somewhat specialized pages.
There was a thread in ehMac about a preview issue with a pdf page with Chinese characters for instance.
I have had the odd case where Preview wouldn't open a a pdf document but Reader would.

I saw too many comments like these on the net - that made me really uncomfortable downloading version 8

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I avoid acrobat reader and use preview. Acrobat reader is slow and a resource hog. :(

Have never run into any problems with it not being able to view documents (at least not in a long while, the latest versions work very well for me). As for chinese chars .. as long as you haven't stripped out all the international language support it should work fine.
 

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I have acrobat reader 8 pro, I like the new layout and it seems quicker on my work Dual G4 1.25. Though other then the new layout there is nothing that really makes it better then 7 for my uses.
 

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There is the odd pdf file that Preview has problems with, but these tend to be somewhat specialized pages.
There was a thread in ehMac about a preview issue with a pdf page with Chinese characters for instance.
I have had the odd case where Preview wouldn't open a a pdf document but Reader would.

I saw too many comments like these on the net - that made me really uncomfortable downloading version 8

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Again, clone your HD with Super Duper, then install 8. If it gives you a problem just clone back to your previous system:D

If you don't like backing up your system go with the basics; "If it ain't broke don't fix it."
 

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Reader allows me to print an individual page. Is there a way to do that with Preview? Actually when it comes to printing any PDF, I find Preview simply atrocious. I use 7.0.9 with nary a problem.
 
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Reader allows me to print an individual page. Is there a way to do that with Preview? Actually when it comes to printing any PDF, I find Preview simply atrocious. I use 7.0.9 with nary a problem.
In the print dialog just select to print from page ___ to ___ (instead of all pages) .. should work just fine and this is standard across any OS driven print dialog.
 

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Thanks. I never noticed that before when I tried to print individual PDF pages. I tried it but I had severe clipping. I didn't have it when I choose preview in the print command widow. What is the quick and easy way to have Preview print PDF pages scaled to fit. There has to be something better than using the scale selection in the page setup window. It was set up automatically to 65% for the PDF page. Which obviously is too large. Sure I can play around with the numbers, but how about using the KISS method as Reader does. Scale to fit. Maybe a few years back I tried to print individual PDF pages via Preview, but gave up in frustration and and took the easy route. Also on certain occasions I'm unable to copy and paste text from a PDF page and yet Reader works flawlessly.
 
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It sounds like that 65% was just a leftover setting from a previous print (it remembers your last print options by default). Restoring that to 100% should give you what you're looking for. I've never had any real issues printing PDF's from preview at all.
 

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"Restoring that to 100% should give you what you're looking for."

Set to 100%. Didn't work. Now even the preview of the page I want to print shows it way too large. But I decided to print the page anyway. The result was a waste of ink, paper and time. Without Preview having a decent scale to fit page for printing , I'll stick with Adobe when it comes to PDFs.
 
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Have you tried checking off the "Scale to fit paper size" found under the paper handling pulldown option? Preview has all the features you need if you look for them, but iIf you prefer acrobat I guess that's your choice :)
 
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Also it sounds like the PDF you're trying to print is laid out for a different paper size than you're trying to print on, just for the sake of completeness .. it's usually not this painful to print from preview and get what you are looking for.
 
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