Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the most popular file formats today and it’s used in many office automation related tasks all over the world. Although there are many PDF reader applications around, Adobe Reader is perhaps the most popular viewer of them all. However, it has been subject to heavy criticism by computer power users for being a ‘piece of bloatware’. This was true to some extent – one example would be the Adobe updater which came bundled with Adobe Reader. Getting rid of this piece of crap was so hard that it required a registry hack. If you hated Adobe Reader for it’s unnecessary blot, check our Adobe Reader Lite – a hacked version of the same released by a third party.
If you haven't heard about this software before, it’s interface and functionality is almost identical to that of Adobe Reader (I’m pretty sure it uses Adobe’s code too, which might actually raise copyright concerns). However some components and functionality that are rarely used have been removed, thus improving performance and reducing resource consumption. Following is a list of ‘hacks’ featured as of Reader Lite 9.1:
- Removed autorun and desktop shortcuts
- Start menu shortcut converted to non-advertised
- Removed several features and plugins that the average user has no need for
- Removed Beyond Adobe and Lic. Agreement popups
- Removed all (auto)update® features
- Removed AcroRd32Info.exe with no errors in the event log
- Form filling allowed
- Disabled the dialog asking to help make Adobe Reader better and "Create PDF using Acrobat.com" from the toolbar (v9.1)
- Removed more unneeded stuff (v9.1)
- Some cosmetic changes (v9.1)
Adobe Reader Lite 9.3 has just been released and you may download it from FileForum mirror.
[Click Here] to download Adobe Reader Lite 9.3
Note: It’s recommended that you uninstall any previously installed versions of both Adobe Reader and Adobe Reader Lite before installing version 9.3.