I have some PDFs that were created with the Bookmarks pane left open -- i.e. the Bookmarks pane is open every time I open the file. That means the actual page display is too small to read. I can close the Bookmarks pane and all is OK.
However, I use the search-index feature a lot -- I have a .idx file indexing a bunch of PDFs, and I search through the PDFs with that index.
If I search for something, then select a search link, the file opens with Bookmarks pane open. If I close the Bookmarks pane after having searched for something, *kaboom*. Reader crashes.
BTW it also crashes if I resize the window -- so I can't even increase the page size without closing the Bookmarks pane.
I'm going to see if a co-worker can use her copy of Acrobat Pro to edit the files, close the Bookmarks pane, and re-save the files. But in the meantime this is a very annoying bug.
Running on Vista Home Premium SP2 32bit.
Open Reader, go to Edit-->Preferences-->Documents and select "Restore last view settings when reopening documents".
So now when you reopen a pdf file whose bookmarks bar you have closed earlier after checking this option, you will see that the bookmark bar will be closed.
Eeeexcellent!! That resolves the problem perfectly. Apparently it stores that info in the Registry or somewhere, since it didn't modify the files.
Thanks for the pointer!