Thursday, June 7, 2007

Adobe Acrobat 8.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1 released

Adobe Acrobat 8.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1 are now available for download. In Acrobat, check the Adobe Updater (Help menu -> Check for Updates) to look for the update. You can also directly download Adobe Reader 8.1 or Adobe Acrobat 8.1 update.

I tried to use Check for Updates but it failed somehow so I had to download it manually.Installation Incomplete

A partial listing of what's new in 8.1:

  • Microsoft Windows Vista™ and Office 2007 support
  • Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista
  • Print documents to a FedEx Kinkos office in the United States.
  • Easily extract documents from a package. Search and print the current or selected document, or all documents within the package.
  • Read and organize eBooks and other publications with Adobe® Digital Editions (a separate product). When you first click the Digital Editions menu item, you can download and install the Adobe Digital Editions software. After installation, choose Digital Editions to go directly to your Adobe Digital Editions bookshelf.
  • Acrobat 8.1 provides a FIPS mode to restrict data protection to Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 approved algorithms using the RSA BSAFE Crypto-C 2.1 encryption module. This article has more information on enabling FIPS mode.

The following knowledgebase articles describe the 8.1 update in more detail:
401730: Adobe Acrobat 8.1 Update
401732: Adobe Reader 8.1 Update

Adobe Reader 8.1 can be downloaded here. Remember to uncheck Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition as well as Free Google Toolbar on the following page if you don't want it. If you have Windows Vista you might get the User Account Control warning a couple of times. Just give it permission to continue.

A new download manager as you can see.


I was asked to restart the computer and a second after I had selected that I will do that later I got this System Modification Attempt warning by my antivirus software F-Secure. What it actually warns about is that the Adobe Acrobat installer wants to continue next time you start your PC. So I just selected to trust the application.

System Control

Here is what it look like in Word 2007. It uses the new Ribbon/Fluent UI.


Disclaimer. I got a free copy of Acrobat 8.0 as incentive to make some buzz around Acrobat so this is not the first and probably not the last post on Acrobat.

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