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Adobe Reader Replacement

house kitten 6,899 October 29, 2015 at 07:30 AM
I HATE ADOBE READER and have gotten my last error message. I plan to move on. Seems lately I download forms, publications etc and attempt to print them and when i t looks like all is going to print fine I get an error message that the document cannot be printed. Happens all the time on a adobe docs. Maybe it is something with my computer? Maybe I just need another reader. Suggestions?

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There are many alternatives but I like FoxIt Reader [foxitsoftware.com]
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A screenshot of the error or exact error text is always helpful. I honestly have never seen anything like that so thinking this might be something your doing or your PC. I know some PDF files can be protected so they can't be printed etc.
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Yea. Adobe reader is a necessary evil if you do a lot of PDFs.
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I prefer foxit, the adobe one annoys me with its need to update 70 times a day. The google app for it is crap as well.

You can also open PDFs in chrome if you just need to look at them.
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I usually use Sumatra [sumatrapdfreader.org] or FoxIt [foxitsoftware.com] (opt out of adware during install), but sometimes I do still have acrobat installed. It sounds like a PDF restriction is preventing you from printing, switching programs won't fix that. I generally disable java script in all pdf readers to improve security.

A lot of pdfs restrictions use pretty weak encryption and passwords, Depending on the pdf, sometimes you can crack these restrictions in just a few seconds. You do have to be careful about tools for this, some contain malware. There's an open source command line tool that's probably the safest option.
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A screenshot of the error or exact error text is always helpful. I honestly have never seen anything like that so thinking this might be something your doing or your PC. I know some PDF files can be protected so they can't be printed etc.
The message says: "the document cannot be printed". According to google many people have the problem. I am assuming it is something in my security settings.
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The message says: "the document cannot be printed". According to google many people have the problem. I am assuming it is something in my security settings.
It's not a problem in your security settings. The creator of the pdf chose to prevent printing. If you open document properties, you'll see a list of security options for the document. To print, you either have to crack password or enter the password. Newer versions of pdf 1.5+ are much more secure and harder to crack.
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Quote from house kitten View Post :
The message says: "the document cannot be printed". According to google many people have the problem. I am assuming it is something in my security settings.
Does it happen with all documents, or just some? Does it happen on other computers with the same document? You can try printing a Chrome webpage to PDF and then printing that PDF, or save an Office doc to PDF and then try printing it...

I use PDF-XChange viewer [lo4d.com].
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It's not a problem in your security settings. The creator of the pdf chose to prevent printing. If you open document properties, you'll see a list of security options for the document. To print, you either have to crack password or enter the password. Newer versions of pdf 1.5+ are much more secure and harder to crack.
Yes it is. I created a new user account and it prints. It is in my settings. The doc was a medical records form from a local hospital. It would be strange if they would not allow it to be printed.
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Yes it is. I created a new user account and it prints. It is in my settings. The doc was a medical records form from a local hospital. It would be strange if they would not allow it to be printed.
Glad you got it fixed. If you completely remove acrobat reader and reinstall it you might fix it. I'd just switch to one of the other readers recommended earlier in the thread.

If I'd read your op a little more carefully, I might have realized your issue wan't due to pdf restrictions. The printing problem shouldn't have anything to do with your security settings something else was going wrong. The creator of the pdf is the only one who has control over security restrictions on printing.
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Glad you got it fixed. If you completely remove acrobat reader and reinstall it you might fix it. I'd just switch to one of the other readers recommended earlier in the thread.

If I'd read your op a little more carefully, I might have realized your issue wan't due to pdf restrictions. The printing problem shouldn't have anything to do with your security settings something else was going wrong. The creator of the pdf is the only one who has control over security restrictions on printing.
I did uninstall and reinstall before posting (I always try to solve my own problems first).
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I did uninstall and reinstall before posting (I always try to solve my own problems first).
If any other programs are having problems printing it may be more of a windows problem. If you want to fix acrobat, you may have to manually delete some files the uninstaller leaves behind and delete some registry keys. >95% of the time, I get by without acrobat, but every once and a while there's a pdf that just doesn't work quite right in any other pdf reader.
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If any other programs are having problems printing it may be more of a windows problem. If you want to fix acrobat, you may have to manually delete some files the uninstaller leaves behind and delete some registry keys. >95% of the time, I get by without acrobat, but every once and a while there's a pdf that just doesn't work quite right in any other pdf reader.
No other problems with any programs. I did uninstall, deleted all registry items and reinstalled. Still did not print. I created a new user account and the specific doc prints. I used to use foxit all the time but there was a few times when the docs simply would not print so i ditched froxit and went back to adobe. I hate Adobe!!!
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if you created a new user account and it worked, then there's something wrong with your profile.
create a new user profile or rebuild profile
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