updated 08:40 am EST, Wed December 6, 2006
Free Acrobat 8 Reader
Adobe today released Adobe Reader 8 software as a free download from its website. The software, the final component in the Acrobat 8 suite released in November, allows users to search, view, and collaborate with PDF files. Adobe Reader 8 features a new "Start Meeting" button that launches Adobe Acrobat Connect, an Adobe-hosted software service that provides real-time online collaboration through Adobe Flash Player. Version 8 features a new, streamlined interface with user customizable toolbars, allows Adobe Reader users to fill and submit forms, save data, and digitally sign documents. Adobe Reader 8 also features graphics processing unit (GPU) acceleration, which boosts performance when viewing graphics-intense PDF files, such as 3D content. Standard, Trusted Documents and Forms. Adobe Reader 8 is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, HP/UX, AIX, Solaris and SPARC platforms.
In addition, Adobe has published the Sixth Edition of the PDF Reference, a free guide for developers implementing the open PDF v1.7 specification in third-party products and plug-ins. It requires G3/G4/G5 or Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X v.10.4.3 or later.