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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 Acrobat.com service to upload or share documents with other users right from inside the Reader UI.
  • Participate in Shared Reviews hosted on Acrobat.com, 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 ld-linux.so.2 (Forum link) – Reader 9.1 doesn’t launch ld-linux.so.2 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 & MediaPlayer.seek() 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


    Great stuff. But why does the mouse cursor change when inside the reader window?

    Many thanks for the Solaris X86 version!!!

    Will there be an Adobe Reader 9.x x86_64 version?

    I’ll give you a big thank you! for including a Solaris x86 build in the list.


    Beautiful high quality icons for Adobe document types. Thank you Adobe. Now my high resolution desktop is happy to show pdf document’s icons’.

    Many thanks for the Solaris x86 version!

    Thanks for Solaris x86 version!

    Thanks for Solaris version!

    Thanks very much for the port to Solaris x86/x64. This now almost completes all my missing software required for full workstation use.

    Thank you from a Solaris x86 user!

    It seems that opening online help is a bit buggy – it opened 2 tabs in my current window, 2 tabs in another firefox window, and then said failed to open help…

    Solaris x86…. Thanks!!

    Thanks–at last a up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat reader for Solaris x86!

    Don’t support FreeBSD 7.x???

    Thanks for Solaris x86. One minor thing. Can we have it in IPS format for OpenSolaris through an official repository?


    Great news about the Solaris x86 version. However, could I make a suggestion in respect of the INSTALL script.

    I modified my install so that I have a link in /opt/Adobe thus
    # ln -s Reader9 reader

    I then changed the link in /usr/bin to

    # ln -s /opt/Adobe/reader/bin/acroread

    similarly in /opt/firefox/plugins

    # ln -s /opt/Adobe/reader/Browser/instelsolaris/nppdf.so

    Changing version of Acrobat simply becomes changing the symbollic link in /opt/Adobe to the correct ReaderN directory.

    Thought I’d just ad my 2cents of congrats 🙂

    Do you know when (if?) the Solaris Sparc version will be released, just so our computers are compatible?

    Many thanks for the OpenSolaris version !!! 🙂

    What can I say. Thanks for giving us Adobe Reader for Solaris / OpenSolaris

    Have a drink on me.

    Can not start under Fedora 10(i386).
    I start it in command line and get the following error.

    acroread terminate called after throwing an instance of ‘RSException’

    Do you plan to put it into your yum repositary?


    The BIB.dll (Bravo Interface Binder) just appeared on my wifes desktop. Should it be moved into the Adobe operating program? Or just deleated off the desktop?
    Thank you, Jon G.


    Great job!

    Great job!

    THANK YOU …. !

    Nice work. Thanks very much. It always feels better to work with solaris.

    It’s fantastic that you’ve added tabs, and in particular the ability to duplicate a tab, but is there a way to invoke it with a keyboard shortcut rather than having to click with a mouse? I found that Ctrl+W works for closing a tab and Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDown moves between tabs, but I can’t find a way to duplicate a tab from the keyboard.


    Thanks from another appreciative Solaris-x86 user.

    Wish the installer didn’t put the plugin all over the place. Or at least give us a “verbose” option so it will tell us what it’s putting where. Native Solaris package format would be nice, too.

    Does not seem to be working in Fedora 10. After starting it and trying to do anything I get:

    terminate called after throwing an instance of ‘RSException’

    Phantastic ! Great to have Adobe Reader for Solaris on x86. Thanx A LOT.

    there’s no adobe reader x86_64 for Linux?? any info about that??

    I am getting the same problem with acroread crashing on Fedora 10. I’m using the x86_64 distribution, but have all the 32-bit libraries that are needed for acroread. It starts up, and displays the GUI, then crashes with:

    terminate called after throwing an instance of ‘RSException’

    I’ve been waiting a long time for a 21st-century version of Acroread for Solaris x86. Thanks so much!

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