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December 21, 2010

Looking at Performance

We’ve been talking a lot about security lately, especially with the introduction of Protected Mode in Reader X. But, when visiting with customers, we’re often asked about the performance of Adobe Reader, most notably on the desktop. End-users often conflate size and performance, which is unfortunate, since it causes a lot of confusion. Much of Adobe Reader’s size can simply be attributed to the fact that it supports all PDF, which includes static and dynamic forms, reflow, read-out-loud, digital signatures, strong encryption, rights management, redaction, geo-spatial tagging, 3D rendering, Flash, collaboration, reviews, and portfolios, to name just a few.

But, when we talk about performance, we focus our attention on specific user scenarios across varying platform profiles, like launching the application, viewing a variety of PDF files both inside and outside the browser, performing specific functions, etc. Prior to developing Reader X, we were very concerned about the impact that strong security capabilities like Protected Mode would have on our performance. So from the outset, we put aggressive goals in place to make sure performance metrics were adhered to and relentlessly scrutinized.

So, how did we do? Checkout Duff Johnson’s Review!

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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