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Vista vs XP

Posted: January 17, 2008 in Software
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Why should I upgrade to Vista if XP serve me very well all this years ? Will I become more productive? Will my PC become easier to be used? Will my PC become safer? Is vista more stable?

Read on….

  • Vista is a very demanding operating system. 1 GB of RAMs considered bare minimum. So, if my PC has 512 MB of RAMs, I will not as productive as in XP!
  • Vista new (user interface) approach might come in handy for new generation computer user but veteran user like me, any new approach equivalent to RE-LEARN (espcially Office 2007 Ribbon Features, yuck). So, I still felt XP is much easier to be used compare to Vista (because I use it for 5 years flat)
  • Microsoft claim that vista will make your computing environment safer. Well, I think nothing beat common sense. Vista might has User Account Control so, if the user is stupid and careless enough, it will not corrupt the system by installing and deleting stuffs he/she shouldn’t. But hey come on. This stupid UAC, really drive me crazy espcially when I reformat my PC, install x-fi , forceware, mobo driver, and countless of application…this UAC keep popping and make my day = #$#%$#%$#%$. At the end of the day, I switch it off
    • Start Menu –> Control Panel –> User Account and Family Safety –> User Account –> Turn User Account Control On or Off –> Restart

    Vista still require dedicated anti virus to protect the whole system. The built in firewall also not as good as third party firewall. So, in other word, you still need to spend same amount of money to protect your PC. So, safer computing environment ? Perhaps.

  • But Vista protect its important and critical file much better than XP. My last Vista installation was in September 2007. My vista still OK and no performance drop (This OS was tortured a lot by install, un-install countless of software, utility and games within this period). It safe enough for me to say, my XP will not be able to stand this kind of OS torture.
  • Vista Aero UI. Hmm, definitely this feature really eye candy. Espcially if you have Direct X 9 cards. I use GeForce 8600 GT (Mainstream 3D card for now), and I can’t detect any performance drop when I turn ON Aero or performance gain when I turn Aero off. Seem Aero smartly utilize my 3D card to beautifully rendered its effect. So, is it important? Yes and No. Yes for me but may be no for some users. I love eye candy graphics. Be it in game or operating system. One of MacOS X major feature is it classy looking user interface. We spend a lot of time with windows GUI, so why not make it prettier? Nothing to lose right. If your integrated 3D chip not fast enough , Vista will not turn Aero ON.

However, I hate vista speed espcially while copying large and big in number files / folders. Even, when I delete a blank text file, Vista show me Calculating Time Required to Recycle! What the hack.

To improve vista performance for daily task, it definitely need to be patch. SP1 might not release yet but with my Izzi connection, the update process will approximately 1 hour. After couple of reboot after patch, then I start to feel a responsive system. But, don’t get me wrong. In term of responsiveness, XP is still top notch. I hate when I use All Programs (Start Button), and browse to specific shorcut (let say Microsoft Office folder), I click on it, and my vista require almost 2 second to show word, excel, power point icon. Too slow.

Not sure either nVidia driver is not fully optimize in vista yet, but gaming in Vista is a big no no for me. (My PC spec : Core 2 Due 2.0 GHz, 2 GB of RAMs, Geforece 8600 GT, X-Fi Gamers yada yadaa). Each game including old Command and Conquerr General Zero Hour, when I fight with more than 3 opponents, the system start to crawl. Need for speed Carbon and Most Wanted not silky smooth. Need for Speed Pro Street, the lag will make you think this is crappy game. But all this game run super smooth under XP. So now, either I like or not, I have to have dual OS in my PC. WinXP for gaming and Vista for other computing job.

To be honest, I will not upgrade to Vista if I was not upgrading my old box (Athlon XP 2500+, 2×256 Corsair TwinX LL, Radeon 9600 XT). But, this is me.

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Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro

Posted: January 17, 2008 in Software
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Despite numerous product available in the internet which is able to generate PDF (Portable Document File), Adobe Acrobat Pro series never short of idea to make it stay the way it use to be. Below is the screen shot of the latest incarnation Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro welcome screen.

The welcome screen alone make me feel “Wow”. I never thought all these features will be wrapped in one neat package.


I bet someone of you might ask, why we should use PDF. Why PDF exist?

Basically, we have countless productivity suite or software to date. Ranging from Office suite to Technical Software like CAD/CAM or Circuit Simulator, it is impossible to ensure our audience (the person who are going to get our file/work) have same software like yours. By convert it to PDF, and attach the reader with it (not necessary Adobe Reader as FoxIt will be a lot smaller XD), you can rest assure that your audience able to read and view that file the way you want him/her to be.

Another factor is security. You can set various kind of security mechanism to protect your intellectual property. You may allow them to read the documents but can’t save and print.

So back to the topic, why should we invest for Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro? Isn’t CutePDF or PrimoPDF free version not enough? Answer : Depend.

It depend on your need and working environment. Those free software basically only allow you to convert file to PDF by applying virtual printer method. So, you may forget table of content, link etc. Below are Acrobat 8 Pro strong features worth to be considered.

Easily create Adobe PDF documents

Create Adobe® PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Windows® users can also create PDF documents with one-button ease from Outlook, Internet Explorer, Project, Visio, Access, Publisher, AutoCAD®, and Lotus Notes files.

Scan to PDF with OCR

Scan paper documents with OCR technology to create compact, searchable Adobe PDF documents.

Convert e-mail to Adobe PDF files

Convert e-mail in Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes to Adobe PDF documents to facilitate searching, archiving, and retrieval. (Windows only)

Capture web pages as Adobe PDF files

Convert web pages to Adobe PDF documents to easily print, archive, mark up, or share. (Windows only)

Create in PDF/A or PDF/X

Create documents in PDF/A, the ISO standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents, or PDF/X, the ideal format for high-quality, professional printing.

Combine files from multiple applications

Combine and optimize documents

Combine documents, drawings, and rich media content into a single, polished Adobe PDF document. Optimize file size, and arrange files in any order regardless of file type, dimensions, or orientation.

Maintain individual file security settings

Maintain individual digital signatures and security settings in PDF files and forms when combining them into a single PDF package.

Include only the pages you need

Specify which pages, layouts, or sheets should be included from source files in your final, combined Adobe PDF document.

Optimize Adobe PDF output

Select from multiple file size and quality settings to optimize PDF output for your intended purpose.

Quickly regenerate a combined PDF file

Re-create a combined Adobe PDF document after revising source files, without having to locate and gather the native files again.

Unify with headers, footers, and watermarks

Automatically remove headers and footers from source files and add unifying headers, footers, or watermarks to your combined Adobe PDF document.

Attach native files

Share source files by attaching them to your Adobe PDF document in their original, native formats.

Enhance and extend document collaboration

Conduct e-mail–based reviews

Initiate a document review in Adobe PDF via e-mail. Merge inbound comments and markups from all reviewers into one PDF document with a single click.

Manage shared reviews

Easily conduct shared reviews — without IT assistance — that allow review participants to see one another’s comments and track the status of the review.

Enable collaboration tools in Adobe Reader

Enable users of free Adobe Reader® software* to participate in e-mail– or server-based reviews using all of the commenting and markup tools in Acrobat 8 Professional, including notes, stamps, highlighter, pencil, lines, shapes, and more.

Track reviews and manage comments

Track which reviewers have contributed feedback, send reminders, and add new participants. Easily compile all comments into a single Adobe PDF document.

View and print comments

View and print feedback for easy reconciliation. Sort comments by author, date, or page. Search comments for words or phrases.

Export comments to Word or AutoCAD

Select and export comments back to your original Word or AutoCAD file. Comments appear in Word as tracked changes and in AutoCAD as a separate layer.

Streamline data collection with Adobe PDF forms

Get started with form templates

Take advantage of an existing library of common form templates, such as human resources forms, invoices, and expense reports. (Windows only)

Easily create forms

Create fillable forms for distribution by e-mail or on the web from scanned paper, PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, or Excel spreadsheets.

Auto-recognize form fields

Automatically locate form fields in static PDF documents and convert them to interactive fields that can be filled electronically by anyone using free Adobe Reader software*.

Optimize form workflow

Easily distribute forms; combine collected forms into a searchable, sortable PDF package; and export collected data into a spreadsheet.

Enable form features in Adobe Reader

Enable users of Adobe Reader software* to type information directly into Adobe PDF forms and save them locally for offline use.†

Apply advanced document security and controls

Apply passwords and assign permissions

Restrict access to Adobe PDF documents using 128-bit encryption. Set document permissions to help restrict who can print, save, copy, or modify a document.

Sign documents digitally

Apply digital signatures to authenticate documents, manage their status, and help protect against unauthorized modification.

Enable digital signatures in Adobe Reader

Enable Adobe Reader users* to digitally sign PDF documents.

Remove hidden data

Inspect Adobe PDF documents for metadata, hidden layers, and other concealed information, and remove as needed.

Permanently remove sensitive information

Use redaction tools to permanently remove sensitive text, illustrations, or other information from the Adobe PDF document.

Protect attached files

Protect files attached to your Adobe PDF documents with 128-bit encryption.