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Bug Fixes and Enhancements in Reader 8.1.2

General Issues

  • Problems running on Solaris 10: There were issues with Adobe Reader 8.1.1 on the default installation of Solaris 10 due to GTK version. This has been fixed in 8.1.2 Reader which does not require users to upgrade GTK to 2.6.
  • Launch problem on Solaris 9: On some Solaris 9 machines Acroread 8.1.1 did not launch and hung on startup. This has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Font caching Issues: Various font caching issues are fixed in Reader 8.1.2, including the issue of fonts that were configured using fontconfig not being picked up by the Reader to render documents (reported by Novell here).
  • Reader freezes for 40 seconds on startup: This was also related to font caching (originally reported here) and has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Unable to find the HTML rendering library (libgtkembedmoz): This issue was reported by many users who did not have the libgtkmozembed library installed properly (discussed in the Adobe Reader 8.1.1 FAQs, point 2). Some fixes have been made in Reader 8.1.2 to ensure that the alert for the missing library is not shown on every startup to enhance the user experience.
  • Problem with Dual-screen setup (Xinerama mode): Issue number 4 listed on the Known Issues page for Reader 8.1.1 (also reported here). This has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Firefox plugin problem on SELinux Enabled systems: On SELinux enabled systems nppdf.so did not load with Reader 8.1.1 (originally reported here). This has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2.
  • Document ordering and fullscreen mode: Issue reported here has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Font KozGoProVI-Medium.otf is missing in Japanese Reader: Reported here, this issue is fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Not able to play multimedia with RealPlayer 10 on Linux under some conditions:8.1.2 Reader has better support for playing multimedia using the latest release of RealPlayer on Linux.

Printing Related Issues

  • Incorrect orientation: Issues with printing PDF files containing portrait and landscape pages (reported here) have been fixed in Reader 8.1.2. Choosing “Auto Rotate and Center” will now print the pages in their inherent orientation.
  • Red wash on printing with HP CLJ 2605: A workaround for this has been added in the preferences ($HOME/.adobe/Acrobat/8.0/Preferences/reader_prefs), namely “brokenCRDs”. This value is set to “false” by default and can be modified to “true” if one faces the red background issue.
  • Scaling issues: Problems with -shrink/-expand options in the command line (Issue #1 listed on the Known Issues page for Reader 8.1.1) as well as with “Custom” printing in the dialog (reported here) have been fixed in Reader 8.1.2
  • Incorrect preview on Ubuntu Fiesty: The default page size for a printer (and not US Letter) is used to draw the print preview.
  • Reader does not remember last chosen printer across sessions: Last chosen printer is now remembered between different sessions of the Reader in 8.1.2 release.
  • Cannot pipe PDF as input to acroread: PDF contents can be read from stdin when using the -toPostScript option
  • Hardcoding of printer command: Earlier the printer command was hardcoded in the reader binary (reported here). This has been fixed in Reader 8.1.2 to pick up the command from the PATH environment variable.

Comments

    Hello,

    If anyone at adobe is listening, please provide us with a current version of acrobat reader for opensolaris/solaris x86.

    At the very least you should explain the technical reasons behind the unavailability of acroread on solaris x86.

    I know people have been pissed at adobe due to this for several years now !

    I’m looking for Adobe on Solaris 10 x86 platform. It will be released?

    Thanks

    My Adobe Reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available?

    After downloading update of Adobe Reader 8.1.2, i am unable to print any pdf files.It says it is unable to start print job. Is printer available? HELP!!!!

    We downloaded Adobe Reader 8.1.2 over the weekend – we were immediately unable to print. I backed up my system to BEFORE 8.1.2 was downloaded and I’m still unable to print. What’s up? This will not work for me – I work in a virtual office situation and printing graphic files from Adobe is critical to my being able to complete work in a timely manner. HELP?!

    I cannot print any pdf files since I updated to 8.1 version. Is there a specific patch to fix this problem. It is essential that I print today. Can anyone help? Janet

    When I try to open adobe reader it sends an error saying cannot launch. Please help me with this problem?

    My Adobe Reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available? How do I go about correcting this problem? Thanks

    Since downloading adobe 8.1.1 I can’t print any pdf files. My adobe reader says unable to start print job is printer available. How is this fixed.

    Since downloading adobe 8.1.1 I can’t print any pdf files. My adobe reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available. How can I fix this?

    Same printing issue since downloading 8.1.2 update patch, tried purging root directory and associated files from registry and reinstalling. No success.

    Dave

    For those of you having issues with your Adobe printing error “Unable to start print job. Is printer avaiable?” I found a fix on my system…

    Go to the Help –> then click on Repair Acrobat Installation. Let it repair the install.. Worked for me!

    Was there any solution to the “unable to print. Is there a printer available?” issue yet! I depend on the program to print files and this print error has seriously cramped my progress.

    Installed Acrobat Reader 8.1.12 for Linux (running on Debian Etch). Attempting to print gives me a message saying that the lpr command received no input from -stdin (IOW, Acrobat didn’t send anything to print).

    Hi guys, I feel your pain. Unfortunately Roy’s suggestion didn’t work for me as the window didn’t open. Should I go back to an earlier version? Any success stories would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Hi, I’ve just managed to print using Acrobat Reader 5.0. Hope that helps, it sure helps me! Good luck!

    Please release a new version of Acrobat Reader for Solaris 10 x86, the version v4.05 which is installed on my computer was downloaded March 2000 and worked with Solaris 2.6 x86, 7 x86, 8 x86, 9 x86 and 10 x86 (32 and 64bit) on three different computers.

    After downloading Adobe Reader 8.1.2, I can’t print any .pdf files. The message says “Unable to start print job – Is printer available”

    I have been trying to find solution for a week.

    Need HELP.

    I solved the problem “Unable to start print job – Is printer available” on my kubuntu hardy installing the package cupsys-bsd.
    On my system that problem came with lack of lpr command.

    My Adobe Reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available?

    Come on Adobe – you have had this problem for several versions of reader – we need a fix!!!!

    My Adobe Reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available?

    Come on Adobe – you have had this problem for several versions of reader – we need a fix!!!!

    Acroread on Solaris 10 x86? Simply install a Linux distro inside a Solaris container (zone) then you can run a recent acroread version in the Linux container and direct it to the Solaris display. OK, so it uses some extra disk space and creates a few extra processes, but it solves the problem. See the following URL for more details:-
    http://www.firstalt.co.uk/help/acroread.html

    Printing not working – just re-associate your pdf files under file types , lets adobe re-install itself and it should work…

    My Adobe Reader says unable to start print job. Is printer available? just got this problem how do I overcome this????

    The “Repair Adobe Installation” trick worked for me. Printing now from 8.1.2.

    How do I uninstall adobe 8.1 version that does not respond to my control pannel unstall system?

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