R3 and Adobe Tools

Required for this tutorial: Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, and Acrobat Reader

  1. Warning: If your system ever freezes up on you while clicking on a PDF that has been layered with pattern (even if you are just navigating around in Windows Explorer), it's Adobe's preloader getting confused. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring up the task manager, and kill the AcrobatInfo.exe process.


    As you can see, it's taking up 50% of my CPU time, which means one of my 3.2GHz processors. Boo Acrobat.
  2. Warning: If Acrobat Professional loads large pattern PDFs really slowly (i.e., if you are trying to make a GIGAprint with R3), try out Acrobat Reader. It's stripped down, and loads complicated PDFs much more quickly than Acrobat Professional (at least on my machine).


Ron B. Yeh
Stanford University