Subject: Re: choosing PDF viewer?
To: Jeremy C. Reed <email@example.com>
From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/27/2004 18:49:11
[ On Friday, July 23, 2004 at 16:31:15 (-0700), Jeremy C. Reed wrote: ]
> Subject: three acroread packages and acroread should be acroread4? And choosing PDF viewer?
> By the way, what PDF viewers do you like?
(though of course I restrict myself to only the open-source alternatives)
> xpdf sometimes doesn't display characters -- and shows small squares.
> xpdf provides X selection support (copy to paste elsewhere).
Hmmm... I didn't know it could do that! cool!
> xpdf doesn't allow printing to a file.
> Uses motif.
+ xpdf sort of understands document structure
+ xpdf sort of supports document internal links
- xpdf is extremely slow, even when no images are present
- xpdf has some trouble with slightly distorted
> gv displays fine. But not copy. Can choose what pages to print or save.
- gv displays PDF reasonably well as long as there are no images (unless
you have all day....) not that xpdf is any faster of course.....
- gs (and thus gv) is pretty much totally useless for PDFs on 64-bit (at
least for little-endian systems like NetBSD/alpha).
- gv doesn't understand internal document links
- gv doesn't understand document structure
- gv/gs gets very confused over page bounding boxes, and often odd-size
or odd-orientation documents can never be fully displayed
- gv/gs cannot successfully print odd-sized documents to a standard
- gv doesn't deal with 8-bit depth (or 1-bit) displays very well
> ggv2 is a nicer interface than gv. It uses gnome and appears nicer to me.
It's very hard to describe anything using gnome as having "a nicer
interface", even ignoring the horrible bloat. :-/
Greg A. Woods
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