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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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March 27, 2012

Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) Update

The Adobe Approved Trust List is a program that allows millions of users around the world to create digital signatures that are trusted whenever the signed document is opened in Adobe Reader or Acrobat software. Essentially, both Reader and Acrobat have been programmed to reach out to a web page to periodically download a list of trusted “root” digital certificates. Any digital signature created with a credential that can trace a relationship (“chain”) back to the high-assurance, trustworthy certificates on this list is trusted by Acrobat and Reader.

We just added five new members to the program! For a full list, or to try a sample document, visit: Adobe Approved Trust List Members. So, if you’re interested in obtaining an AATL-enabled certificate, contact one of the members. Or, if you’re interested in being a member of the AATL, you can send an email here.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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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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October 21, 2011

Where’s Reflow in Adobe Reader for Android 10.1?

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded, installed, and provided feedback on the most recent update for Adobe Reader for Android 10.1. While many users are happy with the updates we made in the release, we clearly made a mistake in removing the Reflow feature. We hear your comments and it’s our top priority to bring this feature back as quickly as possible. We will let you know as soon as we have additional updates.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback.

Dennis Griffin, Principle Product Manager, Adobe

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October 17, 2011

Adobe Reader for iOS Now Available

We are excited to announce that today, Adobe Reader for iOS is available free on the Apple App Store. Just like Adobe Reader on the desktop, now you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to quickly view and interact with the widest range of PDF file types – including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and even Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. For more details on Adobe Reader for iOS, including a video overview of the app, check out the blog from Anuj Gupta, product manager for Adobe Reader.

And, we just released Adobe Reader 10.1 for Android, offering many of the same great features for fast, high-quality interaction with PDF files on your Android smartphones and tablets. Simply scan the following QR code to download the latest version from Android marketplace. Enjoy!

QR Code: Adobe Reader for Android 10.1

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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September 13, 2011

Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.1), 9.4.6 and 8.3.1

Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.1), 9.4.6 and 8.3.1. For more information regarding the security details in these releases, please see Security Bulletin APSB11-24. For detailed Release Notes, please see the Release Notes Library.

EchoSign for Adobe Reader
With Adobe Reader X (10.1.1), you can now click on the EchoSign link directly in Reader and you’ll be taken straight to the EchoSign page where you can start signing, sending and tracking your PDF documents. The entire signature process from the request for signature to the distribution and execution of the form or agreement is done online. The EchoSign signature service provides a secure subscription-based service to individuals, SMBs and enterprise customers. It enables real-time visibility into the signature process and automatically storing and managing all signed documents. We expect it will make electronic signatures the common way for people to sign documents.

Adobe Reader X(10.1.1) UI Enhancement
As we add new services, like EchoSign mentioned above, you will notice that the Reader UI has enhanced tools panes as well. Instead of “Comment” and “Share”, we have now re-organized them to hold “Tools” and “Comments”. These enhancements not only allow for better expansion in the future, they also provide a better user experience when accessing Reader’s advanced capabilities as tested with our end-users.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Version 8 End of Support
As a reminder to the previous blog post: Adobe Reader and Acrobat Version 8 End of Support, Adobe provides five years of product support from the general availability date of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat (Windows and Macintosh – Note: Adobe only supports the most recent major version of Adobe Reader for Linux Version 9.x). In line with that policy, support for Adobe Reader 8.x and Adobe Acrobat 8.x will end on November 3, 2011.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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September 8, 2011

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Version 8 End of Support

As stated in the Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy, Adobe provides five years of product support from the general availability date of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat (Windows and Macintosh – Note: Adobe only supports the most recent major version of Adobe Reader for Linux Version 9.x). In line with that policy, support for Adobe Reader 8.x and Adobe Acrobat 8.x will end on November 3, 2011.

End of Support
End of Support means that Adobe will no longer provide technical support or distribute runtimes, including product and/or security updates, for all derivatives of a product or product version (e.g. localized versions, minor upgrades, operating systems, dot and double-dot releases, and connector products).

Recommendation to Customers/Users
Adobe strongly recommends that customers update to the latest versions of Adobe Reader at: http://get.adobe.com/reader. By updating installations to the latest versions, customers benefit from the latest functional enhancements and improved security measures.

Additional Resources
For more information on the Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy, visit: http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/eol. For a complete list of Adobe products and technical support periods covered under the policy, visit: http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/eol/eol_matrix.html.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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July 20, 2011

Compatibility Advisory Regarding Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in with Safari 5.1

With today’s release of the Safari 5.1 browser, we wanted to alert you of some compatibility issues and workarounds that relate to Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe Reader and Acrobat are not compatible with the Safari 5.1 browser, announced today. Adobe Reader and Acrobat will continue to work as standalone applications on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6, and will render PDF documents outside of the browser, but applications that require the Adobe Reader or Acrobat plug-in to render PDF documents in the Safari browser will be affected. For Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and LiveCycle customers who utilize functionality like forms, digital signatures, portfolios, guides, 3D, extended PDFs and rights management, and who require the Adobe Reader or Acrobat plug-in to render PDF documents in the Safari browser, we recommend that you continue to use Safari 5.0.x and Mac OS X 10.6.

As we continue to investigate this, we will be sure to keep you updated. Currently, we expect to provide a better workaround for this issue in early 2012.

For more information, please see Knowledge Base Article CPSID_90885.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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June 14, 2011

Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1)

Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1). While addressing critical vulnerabilities, as mentioned in Security Bulletin APSB11-16, this important release also includes several other enhancements.

Auto-Updates
About a year ago, we released enhancements to the Adobe Reader Updater (see “Update on the New Updater“). At that time, our data showed that the user population was adopting our updates roughly three times faster than before. With Adobe Reader 10.1 for Windows, we’ve enhanced the fully-automated capability of the new updater, and will be moving our users to adopt that setting, by providing the dialog pictured below within the product.

As a reminder, “fully-automated” mode will regularly check for important updates, download them to your machine, and install them automatically. When finished, you will be alerted via a small message in the system tray that your software has been updated. This method is the recommended best practice for keeping Adobe Reader up-to-date and more secure given the fact that it does not require user intervention.

Acrobat Protected View
Leveraging the sandboxing work we did in Adobe Reader X, we’ve extended Adobe Reader Protected Mode to Acrobat 10.1 operating inside the browser. We’ve also introduced Protected View for Acrobat 10.1 operating in standalone mode. Protected View offers a simple view of documents, requiring confirmation before advanced functionality can run. For more information, see ASSET Blog Post: Inside Adobe Acrobat Protected View.

Enterprise Notes
Adobe Reader X (10.1) is a full installer on Windows and a cumulative update on Macintosh. Adobe Acrobat X (10.1) is a cumulative update on both Windows and Macintosh. As stated previously, SCUP catalogs are available for the Windows platform. For more information, please see the Release Notes.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Reader

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