I'm using Adobe Reader 9.4.3 on Windows 7. Everything is pretty much as is out of the box. I have not done anything special with fonts or smoothing. In Linux and even Windows/Chrome things look like this:

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In Adobe/Windows they look like this:

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  • you can give another pdf reader like foxit reader, sumatra a try. They are better and faster than abode for reading purpose. – nXqd May 9 '12 at 14:05

you should update to the current version of adobe reader for windows 7, which is version 10.1.2.

  • A lot of my readers would be using V9. I would like to know how to fix things if they experience the same issue for space. It is still a relatively recent piece of software I don't see why it should have problems rendering a plain vanilla PDF. – deltanovember Feb 12 '12 at 22:30
  • if you need to use version 9, then update to version 9.5 through the link provided in my initial post. read this and report back if the issue persists. – obsd Feb 12 '12 at 22:39
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    It was a font smoothing issue. Why is this turned off by default very strange – deltanovember Feb 12 '12 at 22:42
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    it isn't turned off by default. per the article i linked to, adobe reader 9 detects the type of monitor being utilized and chooses the 'best' text smoothing option; i suppose 'best' is an arbitrary specification though. – obsd Feb 12 '12 at 22:46

Go to Edit>Preferences>Page Display>Rendering>, from the smooth text drop-down option choose "For laptop/LCD screens". Your problem must be solved.

  • Why is this still not the default setting in 2018?! – Duncan Luk Feb 9 '18 at 9:00

Font smoothing must be off. Goto Edit > Prefrences > Smooth Text > Select a smoothing method

Just did it, my works fine now

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