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I have tested Foxit Reader 1.3 and 2.0, both with and without gdiplus.dll and the image quality and text readability is still very poor, much worse than with Adobe Reader 6.0.

Just try to read this document: http://www.ryston.com/x/foxit/01561329.pdf with Fit Page and Full Screen settings - all the text displayed by Adobe Reader 6.0 can be easily read while the text displayed by Foxit reader not.


Edit: On exit Foxit Reader caused series of GPFs and finally Fatal Exception with blue screen - something that I haven't seen for several months. And corrupted filesystem on all disks. I was sure my last try to use it.

That's odd. I did NOT have these problems on my WinME computer when using Foxit Reader 2.0 build 1606 and reading that PDF file from that Ryston web site. No GPF and BSOD errors when closing FoxitReader. Older builds of FoxitReader 2.0 may have the problem but seemed to be fixed in build 1606 which was released in mid April 2007.

perhaps there is something wrong with Petr's machine and the cause of the problems aren't related to Foxit Reader

any one care to use Adobe Reader Lite? search the MSFN forums for this app. it's almost as good as using FoxitReader. perhaps Petr should try out Adobe Reader Lite. or better yet, try Sumatra PDF Viewer from here:


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I honestly though Adobe would leave windows 98/Me users high and dry.

I'm glad I was mistaken.

Does anyone know if Acrobat Reader 5 has the problem too?

Adobe Reader 5.x may be vulnerable but no patch for it is offered at the Adobe site (unless your using Linux/Unix)

plus Acrobat Reader 5 cannot access PDF files created in newer PDF v1.5 to 1.7 formats.

Shaddam's quote from an old post:

but problem with AR 5.x is , no support for pdf version 1.5 & 1.6
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  • 1 month later...

news from foxitreader version v2.1 is out.

but (from my experience) not recommendable anymore for win9x users... to bloated, instablities , seems not testest at all for win9x systems :/

personally i stick on version 1.3 build 0930


...but there is hope! a new project, even opensource and based on two pdf render engines, sumatra pdf reader v0.7

very stable, very comptible, very small, support pdfversions > 1.4 & and not footstep in system (no install, no registry entries...)

very promising!


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how is foxit reader 2 bloated? (dont have 2.1) its a 3.6mb exe file and a couple of registry entries, thats hardly bloated if you think about acherobat reader

if you calculate it in percentage it is enormous increase... 1MB > 3.6MB -> astonishing increase by 260%! ;)

second reason for calling it bloated, they introduced features in the reader which are hardly be used even in an PDF editor ... so the taskbar gets also bloated, introduction of errors... etc.

but you are right compared against the bloatware of acrobat... it pretty slim, but i don't like the direction of development it looks like they try to copy acrobat... i would like if foxitreader stays feature minimized like the first releases.

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Adobe Reader 6.0.6 update - multiple languages

The Adobe Reader 6.0.6 update fixes a number of security vulnerabilities. Adobe recommends that all Adobe Reader 6.0.x users apply this update.

Security Fixes in Reader 6.0.6

This patch release addresses several security vulnerabilities including a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Adobe Reader 6.0.5 and earlier versions that could allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary JavaScript into a browser session. Additional vulnerabilities have been identified in these versions of Reader that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits them to take control of the affected system. It is recommended that users update to the most current version of Adobe Reader available for their platform.

Details of these vulnerabilities are provided in this security bulletin located here - http://www.adobe.com/go/apsb07-01


MDGx, I see that your Acrobat Reader update section


doesn't list this 6.0.6 update yet.

Thank you for all your work in documenting/linking/hosting/etc. all of the official and unofficial patches.

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The Adobe site still supports win 9x

They offer v5.0.5 for Win 95 though I use 5.1 happily which can be found with a quick Google.

v6.0.1 for Win 98SE updatable with patches.

Link is - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/read...llversions.html - for full versions.

For patches versions 6xx - 8xx current link is - http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/pro...latform=Windows


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update on an alternative PDF Viewer (Opensource, slim+fast, multi-platform, PDF support >1.4), Sumatra PDF v0.8


works on win98se but with smaller flaws (e.g. menubar is missing,... )

a win9x maintainer is needed for testing and providing smaller fixes

(which seems to be welcome, see post http://blog.kowalczyk.info/forum_sumatra/t...77&Posts=1)

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7.08 Acrobat Reader lite on 98SE Kernelex



Internet Integration


Read Aloud


Search (functional but not fully with the GUI)


Prints ps not pdf

Source of stripped down 7.08: http://web.archive.org/web/20061025112524/http://shark.blackteabag.ch/files/AdobeReader708Lite.exe

Would work with 7.09 lite if a source can be found

Install latest Kernelex

Install Orca (search Mdgx & Orca)

Set 7.08 executable to NT or XP compabitility

Installer unpacks files and fails

Browse to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Setup Files\RdrBig708\ENU

Using Orca to make the following changes to the Adobe Reader .msi file:

- Drop row UnSupportedOS (Version9x) from both InstallExecuteSequence and InstallUISequence

- Execute setup.exe

- Remove Adobe Reader Speed Launch from the Startup menu to prevent problems.

Set .msi to NT or XP compabitility

Double click on it to install

Set AcroRD32.exe, and not just the shortcut to it, to NT or XP compabitility AND use "don't use these settings in child processes"

(if only the shortcut is set, then any program calling the execute will have a problem)

(the unstable preference page of Acrobat Reader 'seems' to run better with the child setting)

Delete the following registry settings lest Window Explorer suffer long hangs whenever there are PDF files in the current folder and they are clicked upon:






Manually associate with pdf files and icon of choice via Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/PDf/Avanced/New and Icon

Set as default

Registry work to taste:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cWebSearchView\cPositions\cInternal]












[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\Originals]









HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\FeatureLockdown







HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cWebSearchView\cPositions\cInternal


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\TaskButtons]

iEBookTask = dword:0x00000001

Delete Websearch.js file located in the JavaScript folder

Load a sample pdf in a brower, right click on bar, uncheck Internet Search

Plugins to taste (may be taken from full install of Acrobat Reader 7 or even Acrobat Professional 7):


AcroForm.api (plus Acroform file)










shut off Java Script (leaves forms working)


select print to file

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