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Old 05-06-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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XPDF vs. Adobe Acroread vs. GhostView/GV


Hello,

What's the difference between XPDF, Adobe Acroread, and GhostView/GV? Is one better than the other?



Note: For this question, I'm only really interested in these three. I know that there are other viewers.
 
Old 05-07-2008, 01:37 AM   #2
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Opinionated post alert! These are my personal observations, your priorities may differ:

Xpdf: very light weight, don't need Gnome/KDE libraries to run it. But, very few features and a cryptic interface (can't adjust printing options from the program, for example). Rendering quality seems to be inferior as well (rough edges on the scaling).

Adobe Reader: This is the de-facto standard PDF reader (the Internet Explorer of the PDF world.) Bloated, slow, and has certain features that sometimes you wished it ignored, such as not allowing copy/paste because the author of the doc said so. No source code so you have to trust their packages and binaries. However, this one is good for filling out tax forms and the like.

GhostView: As I understand it, this is for PS so it converts the PDF over (although isn't PDF really closely related?). I haven't really used it much because it seems to have an abundance of weird rendering bugs and is broken half the time after I upgrade Ubuntu.. so I can't offer much on this one.

Evince: Has the basic features I use (text copy/paste, page previews, search, print settings..), renders nice, reasonably fast. My personal favorite.

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Old 05-07-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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Why not try them out and see which one's better. Is it that hard to try out ?
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:08 PM   #4
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install them all

Ghostview will open plain postscript files, adobe illustrator files and PDF files. It's part of the GhostScript project - if you have GhostView, then you have GhostScript as well. GhostScript itself is a quite powerful command-line tool, enabling you to converting between vector formats (postscript and PDF vice versa). It is also handy to merge different PDF files into a single PDF file.

Xpdf has once been the only option to read PDF files on Linux/UNIX systems (more than a decade ago). Nowadays there are many alternatives.

If you want to read encrypted e-books or PDF's that are protected/tweaked beyond sanity, then you will need Adobe's Reader. For plain PDF files you can stick with GhostView.

I sugest you install them all. You will find out for yourself, which one you use the most.

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Old 05-07-2008, 03:39 PM   #5
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Evince: Has the basic features I use (text copy/paste, page previews, search, print settings..), renders nice, reasonably fast. My personal favorite.
In addition: "epdfview" is more or less the same as Evince, but without Gnome dependencies. (Just Gtk/Glib, Cairo and Poppler.)

URL: http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/ (seems to be broken right now).
 
Old 05-07-2008, 05:00 PM   #6
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Hello,

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Why not try them out and see which one's better. Is it that hard to try out ?
I have! I don't see any difference beyond the ui. But, I didn't know if there was a difference in the internals that put one at an advantage or disadvantage.

Personally, I like the ui of Adobe Acrobat. But, since its fatter than stick of lard, both in shear program size and in startup time and memory consumption, it puts me off a bit. For that reason, I may prefer XPDF, since it is (as far as I know) significantly smaller in size.
 
Old 05-08-2008, 02:04 PM   #7
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I too use xpdf, because it's the lightest one I've found. Everything else I've found to be either too buggy or too bloated or both.
 
Old 05-08-2008, 08:13 PM   #8
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Hello,

And I just discovered that for my setup, XPDF prints landscape documents correctly, and Adobe doesn't (no matter what settings I choose, it always prints it portrait).
 
Old 05-08-2008, 09:17 PM   #9
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Have you tried KPDF, it loads fast, renders quickly, supports thumbnails...

Adobe's biggest Linux Competitor.

Here's a link to a comparison of PDF Viewers in linux:

http://www.linux.com/feature/58592



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Old 05-12-2008, 08:13 PM   #10
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Hello,

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Have you tried KPDF, it loads fast, renders quickly, supports thumbnails...

Adobe's biggest Linux Competitor.

Here's a link to a comparison of PDF Viewers in linux:

http://www.linux.com/feature/58592



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I tried KPDF a couple of years ago when I used KDE, but I don't use KDE anymore.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #11
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You do NOT need to have KDE installed to install KPDF, this can be installed for the GNOME or other desktops as well... And vice versa, you can install GNOME Based Applications on KDE...

If you are using YUM to install, it should resolve all your dependencies for you...


And KPDF is QUICK....


Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #12
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You need to have at least kdelibs and kdebase to be able to run kde apps. Same with gnome, I think it's gnomeui and libgnome or something.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 06:13 PM   #13
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xpdf is light
acroread is heavier

there is also:
konqueror
+ 2 or 4 more applications to read PDF (one also for gnome and 2 others + also Kpdf)

My favourite was acroread, since it is very complete.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 06:39 PM   #14
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Quote:
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What's the difference between XPDF, Adobe Acroread, and GhostView/GV? Is one better than the other?
Last time I've tried to use Adobe Acrobat, it kept producing 100% CPU load for no apparent reason. Maybe this bug is fixed by now, but I prefer kpdf anyway.
 
Old 07-06-2008, 05:06 PM   #15
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Question difference between ghostview, and others

I have used ghostview and gsview on solaris and windows to
view PostScript files. Now I have a fedora Core 9 machine, and there
is no yum available for either of these.
Evince will show postscript files, but I need the feature which
both ghostview and gsview have, that the position of the cursor is
shown (in pts) as you move it around in the window. As far as I can
tell, evince doesn't do that.
Can anyone help?
 
  


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