Enterprise Applications: How Adobe Reader Stacks Up to Alternatives

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2009-04-09 Print this article Print
How Adobe Reader Stacks Up to Alternatives

How Adobe Reader Stacks Up to Alternatives

by Larry Seltzer
Just about everyone has to work with PDF files to some degree. You have to be able to read them on just about any device, and the ability to write them is common in most organizations. Adobe is the first name that comes to mind when you think about working with PDFs, but security problems with Adobe's Acrobat and Reader programs have been fairly common and are actively exploited in the wild. One thing you can do to protect yourself is to switch away from Adobe products. eWEEK Labs put several "viewer" alternatives to the test to see how they stack up to the Adobe platform.
Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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