Friday, April 08, 2005

Tip o' the day 

Now that a good percentage of Blogville has broken away from the evil empire known as "IE" and taken on champion underdog Firefox, here's a helpful tip:

If you find, like me, that opening .pdf files in Firefox using Acrobat 6.0 is slow and painful, and often causes Firefox to freeze when you try to close it, please do NOT hurl your computer out the window (like I wanted to). Instead, I found this very helpful.

Adobe Reader 6.0 for Windows loads lots of unused plugins on startup. Basically, you need to do the following:

1. Install Adobe Reader 6.0 and notice where it is installed.
2. Navigate to that folder in Explorer, locate the plug_ins subfolder and rename this folder to plug_ins_disabled.
3. Create a new plug_ins folder.
4. Move the files EWH32.api, printme.api and search.api from plug_ins_disabled to plug_ins.

Acrobat loads MUCH faster, and you can close the window/tab without the whole thing freezing up on you.

Of course, you only need to do this if you frequently need to read .pdf files, like me. (remember? WAAAY too lazy to walk over to the library and physically COPY those papers)

This has been your ESC tip of the day. Please continue reading below about my fascinating dreams about fashion guns.