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April 10, 2012

Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.3) and 9.5.1

Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.3) and 9.5.1. For more information regarding the security details in these releases, please see Security Bulletin APSB12-08. For detailed Release Notes, please see the Release Notes Library.

New Security Ratings
As stated in When Do I Need to Apply This Update – Adding Priority Ratings to Adobe Security Bulletins, we have updated our security ratings. We feel that this is the best way to clearly communicate real-world risk associated with the vulnerabilities addressed in any given security update. We hope that this proves beneficial to your patching prioritization processes.

Adobe EchoSign Integration
With this release, we further our integration with Adobe EchoSign, by adding new electronic signature types, including typewritten and hand-drawn. With Adobe EchoSign, customers can gain real-time visibility into the signature process and status of contracts, giving greater assurance and control over the management of all signed documents.

Adobe Reader for Mobile Devices
Also available today, is the latest version of Adobe Reader for mobile devices, which now lets users electronically sign a document by simply drawing their signature, making it easy to conduct business while on the go. The new capabilities for smartphones and tablets include:

  • Ink Signature Tool – users can add a hand-drawn signature to any document by simply using their finger;
  • Send for Signature – users can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, enabling senders to track and manage the status of documents online. In addition, signed contracts are archived in the cloud, making it easy for users to retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser.

Adobe Reader for mobile devices also adds new features that let people interact with PDF documents directly from their iOS or Android devices. These include:

  • Annotate – Users can choose the Highlight, Strikethrough, or Underline annotation tools, and drag over any text to easily markup text. Or they can select the text and add the markup from the context menu that appears.
  • Comment – Users can add Sticky Notes anywhere on a PDF document. Just choose the Note tool, tap, and add the comment.
  • Forms fill – Now, users can fill out simple PDF forms, save them, and forward them on to the recipient.

These new capabilities complement the wide range of features already available in Adobe Reader for mobile devices – including viewing PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files; and opening and viewing PDF files from email, on the Web or from any application that supports the “Open In” function. The highly intuitive user interface provides an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device.

Apple Safari and Adobe Reader/Acrobat
As mentioned previously in Compatibility Advisory Regarding Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in with Safari 5.1, Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in were not compatible with the Safari 5.1+ browser that currently ships with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6. Today’s update resolves the incompatibility with Safari in 64-bit mode. If you still require a 32-bit solution, this update also provides a Mozilla Firefox browser plug-in for those configurations. Note, a small number of functions relating to 3D and embedded Flash could render or operate incorrectly in some configurations. For those situations, try downloading the PDF file and opening it using the stand-alone Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

Flash Technology and 9.5.1
Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.5.1 no longer bundle a Flash Player with the application that plays Flash in PDF files. Flash technology content in PDF is now rendered via a separate Flash Player. Should you encounter a PDF that requires the external player, you will be prompted to download and install. If you would like to download it now, on Windows, visit: Adobe Reader and Acrobat Flash Player Download for Windows, and for Mac OS, visit: Adobe Reader and Acrobat Flash Player Download for Mac.

Further Alignment of the Adobe Reader/Acrobat Update Cycle with Microsoft’s Model
In June 2009, we shipped our first quarterly security update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Based on the risk mitigations we’ve put in place, and our continued efforts towards new layers of security, the landscape has changed and a strict quarterly release cycle is no longer warranted. We will continue to monitor the threat landscape, and provide timely updates on Patch Tuesdays as well as out-of-cycle updates as needed. But, moving forward, our update model will more closely resemble the familiar “Microsoft Patch Tuesday” model. This means, we will provide guidance on the release date for the next update as part of the prenotification advisory just prior to a given Patch Tuesday.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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