July 8, 2009

Adobe Reader 9.1.2 now available through APT

The current latest version of the Reader for Linux is now available through APT. Refer this blog post for detailed steps on updating to the latest version of the Reader. To find out what’s new in this version, refer this blog post.

This update is available for Hardy, Intrepid as well as Jaunty releases. Go update now!

June 23, 2009

Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and 8.1.6 now available through Yum

We’re pleased to announce that Adobe Reader 9.1.2 Security Update for Linux is now available through YUM. Refer this post for information on how to install using YUM. This release is for English, French, German and Japanese languages.

Also, Adobe Reader 8.1.6 has been released for various other languages, and the YUM update is available for these as well.

For more details on these Security Updates, please refer this blog post.

June 17, 2009

9.1.2 and 8.1.6 Security Updates

Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and 8.1.6 Security Updates are now available (see Security Bulletin APSB09-07). These address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities while providing more stability. These updates are available for both Linux and Solaris platforms.

You can download these updates directly using the FTP links below:

Customer Issues Fixed in this Release::

June 8, 2009

Printing with Adobe Reader

The main aim of this post is to let the users know of how to achieve printing using Adobe Reader on Linux and Unix platforms.

CUPS

First prerequisite to printing is to have the CUPS package installed on the system.
Most of the linux systems have the CUPS package pre installed.
You might like to check the package manager for confirmation.
To install CUPS, you may visit CUPS official site for the required version of the software.
Make sure the CUPS version is greater than 1.2.

Configuring Printers


  • Open the browser and go to the following address: http://localhost:631/

  • Go to Add Printers link.
  • Give a Name, Location and Description.
  • Choose a method to connect to the printer for example: “AppSocket/HPJetDirect”.
  • Give the address to the print device, for example: socket://:9100
  • Choose a ppd. You may choose CUPS provided ppd for your printer make and model or you can use a ppd downloaded from the manufacturer’s site.


It’s a good practice to visit http://openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi to look for a recommended ppd for your model of printer.

Environment Variables

Make sure that LID_LIBRARY_PATH points to the location for libcups and also CUPS lp and lpr are in PATH.

When you invoke the print dialog using Control+P, all the printers configured show up in the Printer Name dropdown.

Main Print Dialog

Choosing a printer

To tweak the setting for each printer, choose the printer in the Name dropdown and go to the “Properties” button.

Custom Printing

You may choose to print using your custom command. For this users can choose “Custom” in the Name dropdown and edit the text box with their own command.

New in Linux Reader 9

Printer properties dialog

With Adobe Reader for Linux 9.1, the printer properties dialog has been revamped. It will now accomodate all the features that the ppd supports. Users do not need to go to the CUPS web page to tweak any setting for the printer.

Advanced Print Dialog

Adobe Reader for linux 9.1.1 lets the user choose the advanced print options present in the Advanced print dialog.

Command Line Printing

Following new options have been added to the command line printing


  • -printerName
  • -rotateAndCenter
  • -choosePaperByPDFPageSize
  • -nUp
  • -booklet

For Usage and Description of these options type acroread -help on the console.

Troubleshooting

In case of any issues while printing, you can troubleshoot by setting the following variable to 1 before launching acroread from the same shell.

Type the following command on the shell:
export ACRO_PRINT_DEBUG=1

Common problems and related errors messages:




    • Error : dlopen of libcups failed

    • Possible Problem : Libcups not in LD_LIBRARY_PATH

    • Solution : Make sure LD_LIBRARY_PATH points to the libcups





    • Error : No destinations returned by cupsGetDests

    • Possible Problem : No printers configured on the machine.

    • Solution : Configure the printer using the CUPS web UI.





    • Error : PPD not found – cupsGetPPD failed

    • Possible Problem : No ppd available for the printer or ppd accidentally moved

    • Solution : Re-launch reader, check for the ppd or reconfigure the printer





    • Error : Error opening PPD – ppdOpenFile failed

    • Possible Problem : No ppd available for the printer or ppd accidentally moved

    • Solution : Re-launch reader, check for the ppd or reconfigure the printer



May 20, 2009

Installer formats for Adobe Reader 9 on Unix

Adobe Reader 9 for Unix (Linux/Solaris-x86) can be installed using various different methods, depending on the distribution of the OS you are running.

There are 5 installer formats for Adobe Reader available via yum/apt-get OR via FTP from Adobe’s FTP server:

  1. BIN installer
  2. RPM installer
  3. DEB installer
  4. TARball installer
  5. PKG installer

Installation using yum and apt-get/aptitude is convenient and updates happen automagically so we recommend doing that.
We’ve previously described how to install using yum and using apt-get.

Installer formats explained

Here’s a brief description and the merits/demerits of each installer format, to help you choose the format that best suits your needs/constraints:

  1. BIN installer: The BIN installer can be used to install Adobe Reader on any location that is writable by the current user.
    The advantages of using this installer are:

    • Smallest size. This installer has the smallest size amongst all installers for Adobe Reader on Unix platforms. (It is approximately 29% smaller than the second smallest installer.)
    • Install anywhere. This installer can be used to install Adobe Reader on any location that is writable by the user performing the installation.

    The BIN installers are available for both Linux and Solaris-x86 platforms.

  2. RPM installer: The RPM installer may be used to install Adobe Reader on RPM-based Linux distributions such as RedHat, Fedora, CentOS etc.
    The advantages of using this installer are:

    • Native installation. The package can be managed using RPM manager, which provides a one-stop place for managing all RPM-based packages.
    • Managing updates. RPM allows fully-automated, in-place upgrades of the package.
    • Package querying and verification.

    However, unlike the BIN installer, the RPM installer can only be installed by a privileged user. Once installed, it can used by any user on the system. The RPM installer can be used only on RPM-based Linux distributions.

  3. DEB installer: The DEB installer may be used to install Adobe Reader in Debian-based distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linspire, KNOPPIX etc.
    It has exactly the same advantages and limitations as RPM installer. The DEB installer can only be used on Debian-based Linux distributions.
  4. TARball installer: The TARball installer is provided for legacy reasons.
    It has the following advantage:

    • Install anywhere. Just like the BIN installer, the TARball installer can be used to install Adobe Reader on any location that is writable by the user performing the installation.

    The TARball installer is available for both Linux and Solaris-x86 platforms.

  5. PKG installer: The PKG installer is native installer for Solaris and uses the ‘pkg’ installation mechanism, which is similar to RPM/DEB on Linux.
    It shares its advantages and shortcomings with the RPM and DEB installers. The PKG installer can be used only on Solaris-x86 platform.

Installation methods

Once you’ve chosen the installer format that suits your needs best, here’s how you can install Adobe Reader using it:

  1. Download the latest installer (9.1.1, at the time of writing this post) from here and save it to you HOME directory.
  2. Now, open a terminal (gnome-terminal / xterm / konsole /… ) and go to your home directory (which is where you downloaded the installer in step 1.)

BIN installer:

  • Now, mark the installer file as executable for the current user, that’s you:
    • On Linux:
    • On Solaris-x86:
  • Launch the installer:
    • On Linux:
    • On Solaris-x86:
  • Now follow the steps and answer the questions asked to complete the installation.

RPM installer:

  • Start the installation using the RPM installer (remember this would need to be done as root):
  • Alternatively, you can open the Desktop folder in nautilus installer and double-click the AdbeRdr9.1.1-1_i486linux_enu.rpm file to automatically start the installation.
    This method also requires you to be a privileged (or root) user.

DEB installer:

  • Start the installation using the DEB installer (remember this would need to be done as root):
  • Alternatively, you can open the Desktop folder in nautilus and double-click the AdbeRdr9.1.1-1_i386linux_enu.deb file to automatically start the installation.
    This method also requires you to be a privileged (or root) user.

TARball installer:

  • Extract the contents of the compressed tarball:
    • On Linux:
    • On Solaris-x86:
  • Launch the installation script:
  • Now follow the steps and answer the questions asked to complete the installation.

PKG installer:

  • Extract the contents of the compressed PKG installer:

We hope this will act as a definitive guide to install Adobe Reader using the various installer formats offered.
In case you run into any issues related to Adobe Reader for Unix, please let us know at our forum.

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