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    Default Opening PDF in FoxIt rather than Acroread?

    Hello,
    I am on a work computer which for some reason completely hates Adobe software. Yesterday a Flash video took over 3 minutes to respond, which is really not acceptable for a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with 1 GB RAM. I don't know what the issue is - the box handles MATLAB and Eclipse quite well.
    Opening a PDF in Chrome launches Acrobat Reader inside the tab, which has this infuriating tendency to grind the hard disk endlessly and has about 10 seconds of lag just to respond to page scrolling commands.
    PDFs are already set to automatically open in FoxIt, but this doesn't seem to apply for a PDF opened through Chrome. Is there a way I can set this?

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    Unfortunately not until they rig up the API for us to develop on, also funnily enough Google's co-founder Larry Page prefers Foxit and hates the load time with Adobe also:

    Mayer said in an interview with PDFzone after her address that Larry Page lobbied hard for several months to make Foxit Reader an element of Google Pack, the company's basic utilities download that enables PC users to quickly load new machines with the software they need to use Google services.

    Eventually, Google signed a deal with Adobe to make Reader the PDF viewer in Google Pack, despite Page's concerns about its load time before it went live in 2006.
    So even the head of Google is stuck with grinding disks.

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    Wow. Download-and-open-separately is my new method, then, because Acrobat Reader dims the lights in the building when it starts.
    Maybe I should also find a way to convert the Flash into a sane video format.

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    Adobe creates some great stuff, but most their programs/applications seem extremely bloated. I do a fair bit of work in Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator and those things dims the lights in the whole neighborhood.

    But yes, downloading the PDF then opening it separately may have to do until we can start creating addons/extensions. Believe me it's extremely frustrating not having an API to be able to correct issues like this.

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    Default Plugin for Foxit?

    Hi,
    Are there any updates regarding foxit reader plugin?
    I was looking for the general location of the chrome plugins but could not find anything near and around:
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    C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application
    Did anyone try to use the FF plugin?
    thanks

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    Default Foxit plugin for Chrome - work around

    I guess a work around would be to copy the FF plugin to the chrome plugin folder. Worked for me with FF 3.0.6 and Chrome 1.0.154.48, with the plugin file:
    Code:
    npFoxitReaderPlugin.dll
    which was located in:
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    C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\plugins
    I simply copied it to:
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    C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins
    After restarting Chrome, PDFs opened in Chrome with the Foxit. I don't even have Adobe Reader on this machine, so it must be Foxit that handled the PDF.

    Cheers!

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