Funny. I was just on the point of posting a similar message!
The display in each successive version of Adobe Reader seems to be worse than in the last. I have Nuance PDF Reader installed on my machine, and I have now set PDFs to open in it every time. It takes longer to load than Adobe Reader but can be left to run harmlessly in the background if you expect to look at more than one file. It gives more robust images and sharper and more solid typescript. Various other free PDF readers are available for download, too. If you just want to read or print out PDFs, there's no need to feel tied to Adobe.
Ahh, yeah I went through all those and found that even on pdfs using
sans-serif fonts everything was either very blocky or fully blurred. It's like
the fonts are being squared-off on non-smoothed settings and doubled & blurred
on smoothed settings, whether I'm using the monitor or laptop heading.
using XP sp3 by the way.
Oh man, I wish I was only reading and printing. I'm writing a pdf
right now and I need to check my work in reader since it's the most
common application. I'll definitely DL that one, though as I have a
similar problem with Foxit - so thanks for the heads up on that
Thanks for the tip. A US Patent (fairly small typeface) is now just legible in Adobe Reader at 75% zoom, as it has always been in Nuance PDF Reader. In fact, Adobe Reader and Nuance PDF Reader images are now effectively indistinguishable on my screen.
Since almost no-one uses CRT monitors these days, it seems a bit perverse of Adobe to set Reader to default to that type of display.