Monthly Archive: March, 2009

March 25, 2009

Adobe Reader 9.1 for Linux and Solaris x86 Released!

We’re pleased to announce the release of Adobe Reader 9.1 on Linux and Solaris x86. As you would have already seen in the Sneak Preview, Adobe Reader 9.1 provides a sleek user interface, superior performance and comes with a variety of features (many of which have been highly requested too!) Plus, this release incorporates the latest security fixes (see Security Bulletin).

Feature Highlights

User Interface:

  • Support for Tabbed Viewing. (Watch sneak preview here). Move tabs around, detach tabs to independent windows, duplicate tabs, and much more! You can switch back to SDI mode by changing a preference.
  • Sleek design, intuitive user interfaces for a richer user experience.
  • Super fast launch, and better performance than the previous releases. Use it to believe it.

Desktop Integration:

  • Support for a new, compressed “.bin” installer. This is a self-extracting installer and can be used for installing on any distribution on Linux or Solaris.
  • Better integration with multiple distributions, with numerous fixes related to MIME type registration and desktop integration.
  • Support for Solaris and OpenSolaris for x86 architectures.
  • For a list of officially supported platforms, refer the System Requirements page.
  • In addition to the official list, Adobe Reader 9.1 should work seamlessly on most modern Linux distributions, including the following:
    • Ubuntu 8.04
    • CentOS 5.2
    • PCLinuxOS
    • Mandriva 2009
    • OpenSuse 10.3
    • Debain 4.0
    • MintLinux 6
    • Fedora Core 8
    • Fedora Core10
    • Ubuntu 8.04 (with KDE 4.0)


  • New Advanced Print Dialog with capabilities like Print as Image and support for Acrobat Color Management.
  • New Printer Properties Dialog. User can now select any or all options which are supported by the Printer Driver in a convenient UI dialog.
  • Exhaustive Command Line Printing. All printing options available in the main Print Dialog can now be exercised from the command line (including Booklet and N-up printing)

Other Features:

  • Support for Viewing and Modifying PDF Portfolios. PDF Portfolios provide easier integration when you work with multiple PDF documents and other document types. (Watch sneak preview here)
  • Use service to upload or share documents with other users right from inside the Reader UI.
  • Participate in Shared Reviews hosted on, in addition to SharePoint and WebDav based servers.
  • Interact directly using Adobe Flash software. Adobe Reader 9.1 can natively display rich media content, enabling a new level of end-user interaction.
  • Realize more secure document workflows. Better protect documents, forms, and drawings by leveraging Adobe LiveCycle ES and Adobe Acrobat software.
  • Reload a document from the disk to streamline user workflows that can take advantage of this feature.
  • Man page. You can now access help related to the Reader by typing ‘man acroread’
  • Command line Tab completion. You can access the command line options provided by ‘acroread’ by bash tab completion (bash only)
  • IPv6 Support. Adobe Reader 9.1 has been tested to work on pure IPv6, pure IPv4 and mixed networks.

User Reported Issues Fixed:

  • Acroread should read PDF content through input stream (Forum link) – You can now pipe PDF content through input stream (e.g., ‘cat pdffile.pdf | acroread –‘)
  • Font Caching Issues at startup (Bugzilla Bug) – There’s no longer a need to set the ACRO_ENABLE_FONT_CONFIG environment variable if you want Adobe Reader to read all fonts installed on the system.
  • Lack of MDI Interface (Forum link) – Reader 9.1 provides the choice of Tabbed Viewing interface, in addition to the prior Single Document Interface.
  • No Reader for Solaris x86 (Forum link) – Solaris and OpenSolaris for x86 are now supported platforms.
  • Reader launches (Forum link) – Reader 9.1 doesn’t launch any more, and this fixes a number of related issues.
  • Problem with JavaScript doc.getPageNumWords (Forum link) – This issue is fixed in this release.
  • Option to reload a PDF file should be available (Forum link) – Reader 9.1 has added support for reloading a document.
  • RealPlayer plugin & JavaScript method (Forum link) – Fixed.
  • Adobe Reader crashes when trying to seek a real media with “frame” as parameter (Forum link) – Fixed.
  • Adobe Reader hangs if used as a browser plugin (Forum link 1, 2) – These issues have been resolved in 9.1.
  • Reader does not open links having underscore characters (Blog post) – Fixed.
  • and many more!

Download Links

Get it through Yum
[Update 4/1/2009] You can get Adobe Reader 9.1 through Yum Update. Please see this post for more details.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback on this release!

On behalf of the Unix Reader Team

March 9, 2009

Sneak Preview of Adobe Reader 9.x on Linux and Solaris x86

The wait is, well, almost over. Here’s a sneak preview of the upcoming 9.x version of Adobe Reader for Linux and Solaris x86 platforms. You read that right – the 9.x version of the Reader will be available on Solaris x86 and OpenSolaris platforms, in addition to Linux!

We know that you’ve all been waiting, but believe me the wait is well worth it. Very soon you will be able to enjoy the new features of the 9.x version of Adobe Reader, including support for Tabbed Viewing, PDF Portfolios, Reload a PDF, Shared Reviews, and much more!

Sneak Preview of the Tabbed Viewing interface in Adobe Reader 9.x (on Ubuntu)


Sneak Preview of a PDF Portfolio in Adobe Reader 9.x (on OpenSolaris)
(Click on the image below to load the movie)
Portfolios on OpenSolaris

Stay tuned to this space for further details on this upcoming release. Comments or suggestions? Feel free to let us know!

Update [25 March 2009]: Adobe Reader 9.1 has been released on Linux and Solaris x86. Please refer this blog post for the release announcement.

On behalf of the The Unix Reader Team

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