to pre-installed software
PDF files, you know, those documents that will look
and print the same no-matter what computer in the world has a copy.
Most windows computers come with Adobe Reader, pre installed, to
handle these files. The down side is it's a resource hog. Before
choosing an alternative I ran a few of them on my machine and
compared their performance. After a few months, there was a clear
winner. The requirements were it be compatible with the widest
variety of pd files. It had to be light weight, Both in install file
size and in it's consumption of system resources. Sumatra PDF is the
Let's compare Sumatra PDF to Adobe.
Installer file: Sumatra, 4.4Mb; Adobe Reader. 40.5Mb
40.5Mb to download every time there's an updated version vs 4.4Mb
HDD disk space required for installation. Sumatra, 8.4Mb; Adobe,
Again, Sumatra PDF wins.
Time required to open my sample of pdf files. For this I timed Adobe
Reader opening 6 various sized files to set a baseline for
comparison. I'll sumarize the results by just saying Sumatra opened
all the files in 10 to 25 percent of the time required by Adobe
Reader. One file took Adobe more than a minute to display on my
screen. Sumatra opened it in 12 seconds.
RAM used by the application while having a pdf file open. Sumatra
used, at best, only 7% of what Adobe used. To a worst case of 27%.
Sumatra PDF, There's a winner. Faster, light weight in HDD usage and
RAM. I like the fact it uses less RAM. That means there's more
available for ME.
You can download Sumatra PDF
Need to create a pdf ?
You don't have to drop $$$ t Adobe.
creator. Installs as a Printer so even Notepad can make a pdf.
I like to call it the Media player on steroids
It will play every movie and audio format file on
Comparing VLC to the "Media Player" Micro$oft windows has, VLC beats
it, hand down.
if it's video or audio, VLC is going to play it.
Camera's and PICTURES
It is not necessary to install the software that comes with any new
These are only "front ends" to windows utilities that transfer the
images to your computer, with preset options. If you plug in the
camera, without this software, you get to set the file destination,
With the included software, there's usually a wimpy image viewer and
an option to share on their site, and order prints from them.
How often are you going to do that?
Just take your pictures, plug into the computer
with the usb, or just the card and windows picture transfer wizard
will let you copy the pics to your computer, where you set the
options. Then use IRFANVIEW to look at them.
I could type page after page about how
this beats Windows Picture and Fax vieweer.
It's a picture viewer, color corrector, crop, rotate, red eye
reduction, and the list goes on --
Create slide shows on CD's or just a computer file. With music if
Create html galleries for your personal homepage, or burn to a disk.
Manage your computers desktop background picture with it. (This will
save room on your hard drive over using Internet Explorers -right
click (on a picture) set as desktop background.)
Irfanview has so much functionality, yet is simple to use. I think
you'll like it.
During installation, make Irfanview the default viewer for all
common graphics files.
It's a checkbox you need to select.
INTERNET (I'll repeat
these because I really think you should try them)
The only other good use for it is to download
chrome note). or
Both are faster and more secure internet
browsers. I personally haven't used I.E. in years, other than
testing pages.. I've seen more headaches (pages that don't work
correctly) with I.E. on others computers, that display correctly
with FF or Chrome. FREE
This makes Internet Explorer #1, for
downloading other browsers.
A nice accomplishment.