Google Chrome and Adobe Flash

Background

We all know that having multiple windows and tabs opened in Chrome, can beat up your machine.

So we struggle with one of the pointers to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Living with it

So we live with it, until we click on a new link, and everything drags down for what seems like moments.

And, we are left wondering what is it this time.

 

Disable Flash

To disable Flash, please do the following:

  1. In the address box, enter “chrome://plugins/”
  2. Seek out “Adobe Flash Player”
  3. Within “Adobe Flash Player” group box, click the “Disable” link

 

Current

Plugins-Current

 

Post Changes

Plugins

 

Is Flash Installed and Enabled?

Here are some web sites that we can use to determine if Flash is installed and enabled for your current browser…

  1. What Is
    https://www.whatismybrowser.com/detect/is-flash-installed

 

When Flash is Enabled

FlashInstalled

 

When Flash is Disabled

FlashDisabled

Metering

Let us measure the impact of having Flash enabled.

I will use the web page that got me thinking…

Start / Stop / Enable / Disable Terminal services from command line
http://www.windows-commandline.com/start-terminal-services-command-line/

 

Instrumentation

We will simply use the Task Manager that comes with Google.

To access the Task Manager:

  1. Click on the menu – menu
  2. And click on “More tools” \ “Task Manager”:

 

LaunchTaskManagerClipped

 

With Flash Enabled

Single Page Using Flash

TaskManager-Plugin-Shockwave-NoBroker

 

Quick Explanation:

  1. When flash is enabled, we have a Task by the name – Plugin: Shockwave Flash
  2. The plugin is using 76 MB

 

 

Multiple Pages Using Flash

TaskManager-Plugin-Shockwave

 

Quick Explanation:

  1. When multiple pages are using flash, we have two plugins ( Plugin Broker : Shockwave Flash and Plugin: Shockwave Flash )
  2. The Plugin Broker uses 14 MB and the actual plugin is at 71 MB

 

With Flash Disabled

TaskManager-Plugin-ShockwaveNo

 

Quick Explanation:

  1. No more task listed for the Flash Plugin

Summary

I think with the advent of HTML5, I for one can jettison Flash.

Love my YouTube Videoes, thankfully most of them have been converted from FLASH to HTML5…What an herculean effort that must have been.

As Flash Videos are often autoplay, one can feel a bit overwhelmed with all the side shows.

It is not just the memory consumed, but also the CPU and Network trffic that is negotiated.

Later

I think anyone who edits via WordPress will agree that the WordPress editor is itself a healthy eater of resources; especially memory.

References

Flash

  1. Adobe Flash Player plug-in
    https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/108086?hl=en
  2. Chrome’s next update makes it less resource hungry
    http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/03/google-chrome-update/
  3. Chrome will ‘intelligently’ pause Flash content like auto-playing ads
    http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/05/chrome-pause-flash/

Memory

  1. Reduce Chrome Memory
    https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6152583?hl=en

 

SharePoint Document Library and Bulk Check In

Background

For a web site that we are working on, a  lot of pictures are being taken.  Somehow some of the architectural diagrams came in as Adobe PDF files.  Our standard is JPEG and so I need to convert the PDF files to JPEG.

 

Map Locally

Personally, it is easier for me to work with SharePoint documents via MS Explorer as compared to working with same in a browser.

And, so connected to our SharePoint using IE and followed the button bar icons ( Library Tools \ Library \ Open with Explorer).

OpenWithExplorer

 

 

Once Windows Explorer comes up, noted the URL.

And, here we are mapping a previously un-used local drive to that URL.


net use t: "https://sharepoint/sites/ProjectTeam/HighFashion/Jubilee"

 

Conversion

I have both Adobe Acrobat and Fox IT Readers installed on my machine.  And, I tried opening up the PDF files and saving them as JPEG using both readers, but “NO GO”.

As I talked to myself and obviously stumbled, Rao said that I should just you Adobe Professional.

I checked our Software Library and we indeed have it.  But, I really do not want Capital A1 to have to pay for more stuff.

And, so went online and downloaded a trial copy of Adobe Acrobat XI Pro.

Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

Thanks goodness Adobe Acrobat seamlessly recognized that I had mapped a virtual drive to a SharePoint document library.  I like the integration piece of it asking whether to check the file out.  I obliged.

Once the file is availed in Acrobat XI Pro, I simply had to save the file as an Image; in our case JPEG.

SaveAsOtherRefined

Other supported formats includes the Microsoft Office Suite; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 

I repeated the above sequence – checked files out and converted them by saving as JPEG for a quite a few files.

 

SharePoint – Document Library

As I started wrapping up, I remembered that I had chosen to check-out the files.

In all truth, as I was performing the save with new file names, and so I really ought to  have  retrieved the files without checking them out.

In our SharePoint v2010, our steps will be:

  • Select the file
  • Right click on the selected file
  • And, from the drop-down menu, choose “Send To”/”Download a copy”
  • Specify where the file should be saved and confirm the file’s name

But, again, I was in a rush and chose the default choice of checking out the original files and so here I am with a need to check them back in.

As I browsed SharePoint’s Document Library Interface, I was lost as to how to identify which files I had checked out.

Fumbled again.  And, finally settled on creating a view.

 

View

The idea will be to create a view that as part of the file details includes the “Check Out” User.

And, will that level of detailed information, I hoped that I will be able to more readily identify which files I had checked-out.

 

View Definition

Here is the View we created.  You can see that we have included the “Checked Out To” column.

Columns

viewCheckedOutTo

 

Filter

We set our filter as :

  • Column :- “Checked Out To”
  • Operation :- Is not equal to
  • Value :- empty

view-filter-CheckedOutTo

 

Bulk-Check Steps

  • Created the view
  • Chose to display using the view
  • Ordered View by “Checked Out To”
  • Selected my files
  • Chose to check them in or (in our case “
  • Discard Check Out“)

 

CheckIn And Discared Check Out

 

 

Addendum

Identify Checked-Out files

Later in the day, as I continued working in SharePoint, I could now tell that SharePoint visually tags checked-out files.

Here is a screen shot:

checkedOutFilesTaggingRefined

The files that are checked-out have the green arrow; as in checkedOutTag

One more reason why I no longer work at home, on my bed, and much prefer the bigger screen and more ergonomic posture at work,

Like the AT&T Commercial, More is Better.  In our case the bigger screen and standing up in front of a computer is better.

 

 

 

Adobe Reader – XI – Error – A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available

Introduction

Friend called and says how much she is hating Adobe as she is unable to use Adobe Reader XI to open\read a document she printed to Adobe from Microsoft Word.

Screen Shot

Here is a screen shot of the problem:

AdobeReaderHasStoppedWorking

And, the problem text reads:

Header – Adobe Reader has stopped working

Text – A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.  Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

Problem Diagnosis

You know the routine. Is the Problem Microsoft, Adobe, or interoperability?

Problem Resolution

Adobe Acrobat X Pro

As she is using Adobe Acrobat X Pro as the Print Distiller \ Print Driver, I installed Adobe Acrobat X Pro, tried it on my newly installed MS Windows 7, as she is on that OS.

Everything worked. I am able to print from Word to Adobe PDF.

Determine Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

We next determine the version of Acrobat Reader that she is using.

From Adobe Reader:

  • Launch Adobe Reader
  • Access menu items – Help \ “About Adobe Reader XI…”

And, we determined that her version# is 11.04

Alternate Reader – FoxIT Reader

I am a big fan of Fox IT and had her download and tried it out.  As always, worked reliably and fast.

Fox IT Reader is available @ http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/

Adobe Acrobat Reader – Repair

Repair Adobe Reader.

From Adobe Reader:

  • Launch Adobe Reader
  • Access menu items – Help \ “Repair Adobe Reader Installation”

Repaired Adobe and thankfully she is now able to open and view MS Word -printedto- PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adobe Acrobat Reader – Update (Auto)

If the Adobe Reader Update does not work for you, I will say try to update to the latest version of Adobe.

From Adobe Reader:

  • Launch Adobe Reader
  • Access menu items – Help \ “Check for Updates..”

Adobe Acrobat Reader – Update (Manual)

For those interested in having access to the installers, please navigate to ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader

In our case:

Summary

So the summary is to try using Acrobat Reader in-built Repair Utility.

If that does not work, try to use the App’s built-in Upgrade functionality or track down the latest installation media \ files and install it.

I will suggest that you have a copy of alternate PDF readers (Fox IT reader, etc)  on hand.

If for no other reason, it helps you quickly determine if the PDF file is a bit damaged.

And, my personal take, is that these other utilities are a bit lightweight.

References

Adobe – Flash – Error – “An Errored occurred. Please try again later”

Adobe – Flash – Error – “An Errored occurred.  Please try again later”

In this particular instance, this problem only occurred when we tried viewing from Mozilla Firefox; no problem on Microsoft IE nor Google Chrome.

Steps

In Microsoft \ Vista:

1) Access “Control Panel” \ “Programs and Features”

a) Uninstall “Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin”

b) Or you may choose to download & run the “Adobe Uninstaller”

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html#main_Download_the_Adobe_Flash_Player_uninstaller

2) Access Page that requires Firefox

a) You will be asked to download Adobe Flash

b) Do not choose to download the current Flash

3) Download older and more stable version of Flash

a) Where can I find direct downloads of Flash Player 10.3 for Windows or Macintosh?

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/889580

b) Choose to download “Flash Player 10.3 for other browsers”

c) Install the downloaded Application

4) Restart browser and hopefully video plays

5) If it plays, disable automatic updates

a) Inside your browser, Right-Click on any video playing

b) From the “Drop-down” menu, select “Global Settings…”

c) The In “Flash Player Settings Manager” window appears

d) Access the “Advanced” Tab

i) Confirm the version# for “Plug-in Version” (ours was 10.3.183.20)

ii) Select “Never check for updates (not recommended)”

References:

1) Flash Player Help / Installation Problems / Flash Player / Windows

http://helpx.adobe.com/content/help/en/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html#main-pars_heading_10

2) Flash Player Help / Uninstall Flash Player | Windows

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html#main_Download_the_Adobe_Flash_Player_uninstaller

3) Flash Player Help / Find version | Flash Player

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/find-version-flash-player.html

4) How to disable auto-update notification in Flash Player

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/713/a7138026.html

Adobe – PDF/MS Word Conversion

Adobe – PDF/MS Word Conversion

An old and dear friend calling yesterday afternoon saying she is having problems converting an Adobe\PDF document to MS Word doc.

Looks like a good avenue for Google and so goggled and tried various websites and downloaded various conversion utilities.  But, this particular PDF document appeared to be more image based rather than actual typed documents.

The tool that finally came through is Adobe Acrobat X.  It is currently available for purchase and evaluation @ http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro.html