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January 10, 2012

Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.2) and 9.5

Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.2) and 9.5. For more information regarding the security details in these releases, please see Security Bulletin APSB12-01. For detailed Release Notes, please see the Release Notes Library.

Adobe EchoSign
As we promised, we continue to integrate Adobe EchoSign technology into our document services – and now Adobe Reader users will be able to send PDF files to be signed from the application as well as sign documents electronically themselves. The new update makes Adobe Reader the application for getting documents signed electronically. This is just one more step to make it easier than ever for businesses to “seal the deal” and keep up with the demands of a growing mobile workforce. You can read more about how Adobe EchoSign and Reader work together here.

Printing PDF files
We’ve also taken a fresh look at printing PDFs. Printing a PDF file is something that all of us do a lot. In most cases, the PDF file was created in an orientation and page size that makes it very straight forward to print. In some cases, though, you want more control over how it comes out of the printer. For example, you might want to save paper by printing on both sides of a page or including multiple pages of the PDF file on a single piece of paper. Other times you might want to print a page in the PDF file across many pages of paper, so you can assemble them together into a poster. Those and many more options are now much easier to find. When you print from Adobe Reader 10.1.2, you’ll see a new print dialog that makes it much easier to print the way you want to.

New Print Dialog

New Print Dialog

Exporting PDF files
We all know that sometimes we need to export a PDF file to Word or Excel. We’ve made it easy to do just that directly from Adobe Reader through new integration with our Adobe ExportPDF service. Now when you click on the Export toolbar button the Tools pane will open on the right hand side to display a new Export PDF Files panel. Just select whether you want to convert to Word or Excel and click on Convert. You’ll need to be connected to the Internet and have an Adobe ExportPDF account. You’ll be able to sign up the first time you use it if you don’t already have an account.

ExportPDF Menu

ExportPDF Menu

ExportPDF Pane

ExportPDF Pane

New JavaScript Whitelisting Capability
Acrobat and Reader 9.5 and 10.1.2 also add a JavaScript whitelisting capability, allowing IT administrators to lockdown control over which documents can run JavaScript through Privileged Locations. This allows IT desktop managers to turn on JavaScript in Acrobat and Reader for their required workflows. For more information, see the Release Notes Library.

Apple Safari 5.1 and Adobe Reader/Acrobat workaround
Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in are currently not compatible with the Safari 5.1 browser that ships with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6 as stated in Compatibility Advisory Regarding Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in with Safari 5.1. While we continue to work on a solution to this problem, you can download our Firefox plug-in from Adobe Labs and use Mozilla’s Firefox browser with Reader and Acrobat 10.1.2 for your critical LiveCycle and Acrobat workflows.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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January 9, 2012

Adobe Reader for Android Update

In December we announced an update of Adobe Reader for Android that fixed some issues we discovered with Android 4, and added a few enhancements based upon the great feedback we received from our users. The highlights include the reintroduction of the Reflow Text feature, the ability to remember the last read position, the ability to open PDF Portfolio content and attachments, and bug fixes that had been present since the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. See the post on the Acrobat Blog for more details on these updates.

We’re constantly working to improve Adobe Reader for Phones and Tablets, and we have some great enhancements already underway in 2012 that I’m sure you’ll be excited to see. We appreciate your ongoing feedback and support!

Dennis Griffin, Principal Product Manager, Adobe

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