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Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:35:25 pm »
I've just been told about a programme called Foxit.  The person who told me about it said it's better than Adobe.  I cannot update to newest version of Adobe on Firefox for some reason, so I keep having to click on the grey box to get anything to work on Adobe.  Consequently if Foxit is better and compatible with Mint 13 then I'm interested.

Does anyone have any opinions on Foxit?

Thanks in advance.     :D

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 01:10:16 pm »
I have never tried Foxit, so cannot comment on it but, you could update the flash player (assuming that is what you mean with Adobe) on Mint:
Go to Adobe site and download recent tar.gz pack of FLASH player for linux.

Extract folder, open it and copy paste the libflashplayer.so file to etc/alternatives overwrite the old one.

Use mv command while root. It should do the trick.
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sudo mv libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives
That's it, log in/out or restart browser.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2013, 01:18:02 pm by SeZo »

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 01:38:35 pm »
A quick "google" suggests foxit is a PDF reader, not a flashplayer .. am I correct ?

If so, are you saying .pdf's don't open in firefox ?

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 02:51:05 pm »
A quick "google" suggests foxit is a PDF reader, not a flashplayer .. am I correct ?

If so, are you saying .pdf's don't open in firefox ?

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I must admit I hadn't looked myself so I didn't realise it was just  a PDF reader.   It's Flashplayer that I'm having problems with.

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 03:02:47 pm »
I have never tried Foxit, so cannot comment on it but, you could update the flash player (assuming that is what you mean with Adobe) on Mint:
Go to Adobe site and download recent tar.gz pack of FLASH player for linux.

Extract folder, open it and copy paste the libflashplayer.so file to etc/alternatives overwrite the old one.

Use mv command while root. It should do the trick.
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sudo mv libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives
That's it, log in/out or restart browser.


I'm sorry I don't understand what you mean by 'Use mv command while root.'




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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 03:05:55 pm »
Which Linux distribution and architecture are you running ?

eg.
Ubuntu 12.04 32bit
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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 04:42:26 pm »
Mint 13 32bit

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 05:10:30 pm »
I'm sorry I don't understand what you mean by 'Use mv command while root.'

Sorry I was not clear enough, what I meant that by issuing the command as root it would replace the old flash file with the new one.
So if you do:
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sudo mv libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives
Assuming you have extracted the libflashplayer.so to your home, then that should work. Otherwise replace  with correct location.
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If you have downloaded install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz to your Downloads folder then the following command sequence should work:
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mkdir ~/tmp
tar -xzvf ~/Downloads/install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz -C ~/tmp
Then
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sudo mv ~/tmp/libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives
Clean up by removing the extracted files:
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rm -rf ~/tmp
« Last Edit: April 13, 2013, 05:56:36 pm by SeZo »

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013, 09:41:29 am »
I have tried both sets of commands and these are the results I get  from each:

sudo mv libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives

tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ sudo mv libflashplayer.so /etc/alternatives
[sudo] password for tanya:
mv: cannot stat `libflashplayer.so': No such file or directory


mkdir ~/tmp
tar -xzvf ~/Downloads/install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz -C ~/tmp



tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ mkdir ~/tmp
mkdir: cannot create directory `/home/tanya/tmp': File exists
tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ tar -xzvf ~/Downloads/install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz -C ~/tmp
tar (child): /home/tanya/Downloads/install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

What am I doing wrong?  ???

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 11:41:13 am »
Flash does now seem to working after a fashion.  The graphics/videos are fine but the sound is breaking up/jerky.

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2013, 02:46:42 pm »
OK, let's try this a different way .. first run:
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sudo updatedb

Now what's the output from:
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locate libflashplayer.so
and
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dpkg -l | grep flash

Can you also mention which web browser you use.
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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2013, 04:05:36 pm »
I am using Firefox 19.0.2.


tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ locate libflashplayer.so
/etc/alternatives/libflashplayer.so
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/files/libflashplayer.so
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/files/libflashplayer.so.tar
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/info/libflashplayer.so.tar.trashinfo
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/info/libflashplayer.so.trashinfo
/home/tanya/Downloads/libflashplayer.so.tar
/opt/mint-flashplugin-11/libflashplayer.so
/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
/var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/libflashplayer.so
tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ dpkg -l | grep flash
ii  mint-flashplugin                       2011.10.19                              Metapackage for Adobe Flash plugin
ii  mint-flashplugin-11                    11.0.1.152                              Adobe Flash plugin 11


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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2013, 04:32:34 pm »
Can you run:
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sudo apt-get remove --purge mint-flashplugin mint-flashplugin-11

Then run:
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sudo updatedb

Now post the output from:
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dpkg -l | grep flash
and
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locate libflashplayer
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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2013, 04:36:58 pm »
tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ dpkg -l | grep flash
pi  mint-flashplugin-11                    11.0.1.152                              Adobe Flash plugin 11
tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $ locate libflashplayer
/etc/alternatives/libflashplayer.so
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/files/libflashplayer.so
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/files/libflashplayer.so.tar
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/info/libflashplayer.so.tar.trashinfo
/home/tanya/.local/share/Trash/info/libflashplayer.so.trashinfo
/home/tanya/Downloads/libflashplayer.so.tar
/opt/mint-flashplugin-11/libflashplayer.so
/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
/var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/libflashplayer.so
tanya@VGN-NS30E-S ~ $

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Re: Foxit as an alternative to Adobe
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2013, 05:49:34 pm »
Videos are jerky too!

 


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