Recent update to Acrobat and Acrobat reader to 8.1

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Recently we sent out an update to Acrobat and the Adobe Free Reader that bumped the revision to 8.1and I have been asked what is the big deal and why should I run the update, well below is a short list of all the goodies that are in this point release, it ain’t just bug fixes!


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The Adobe Acrobat 8.1 update fixes a number of issues that were discovered after the release of Adobe Acrobat 8.0. The Acrobat 8.1 update is a patch release for Adobe Acrobat Professional and Standard and the Adobe Free Reader. This also parallels the release of Acrobat 3D Version 8 witch I have already covered in an earlier post. But for enquiring minds here is the info:


New features in Adobe Acrobat 8.1

New operating system support:

  • Windows XP 64-bit edition
  • Windows 2003 64-bit edition
  • Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit editions

Note: There is a known issue with 64-bit versions of these operating systems which causes the Adobe PDF Printer to not work correctly. Microsoft has released a Hot Fix for this issue which is documented in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #930627 available at Adobe has tested and will support the Adobe PDF Printer with this Hot Fix installed.

New features:

  • Vista Preview Handler: Preview Handler is a new user interface for viewing PDF files in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 on Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as in Windows Explorer on Windows Vista. Preview Handler must be turned on in both applications.
  • Microsoft Office 2007 support.
  • PDF printer driver in Vista supports high quality PDF creation.
  • PDFMaker Office 2007 PDF Creation.
  • Option to create Quick and Simple PDFs from Word 2007.
  • New PDFMaker Ribbon UI in Office 2007.
  • Mac OS X version now includes Flash MPP for improved support for Flash files with multimedia on Mac OS.
  • InDesign Plug-In update supports communication with InDesign for Creative Suites 3.
  • Option to print documents to a FedEx Kinko?s office in the USA. English only.
  • Direct render of Dynamic forms
  • FIPS 140 Support

New features and issues addressed in the Adobe Reader 8.1 Update

What’s covered

  • New features in Adobe Reader 8.1
  • Issues addressed by the Adobe reader 8.1 update

The Adobe Reader 8.1 update fixes a number of issues that were discovered after the release of Adobe Reader 8.0. The update is available as a full Adobe Reader 8.1 installer and can be download from the Adobe website.

New features in Adobe Reader 8.1

New operating system support:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit edition
  • Windows Vista 64-bit edition

New features:

  • Improved forms performance.
  • Acrobat 8 3D support: Precise CAD data (PRC), Product Manufacturing Information (PMI).
  • Integrated FedEx Kinko’s Print Online: Send any PDF directly to FedEx Kinko’s Print Online for printing.

Whew! Alot of busy programmers, but you can expect that, this has been a crazy time with new operating systems from Microsoft and Apple, new platforms in MacTel, it has been a challenge. We are focused on getting you the best solution on the market as fast as possible. And as I always say, please put some life in your life!


Tim Huff


4 Responses to Recent update to Acrobat and Acrobat reader to 8.1

  1. GB says:

    How can we REMOVE the Fedex-Kinko’s button (and ALL associated reg entries) from this reader version? I’m not satisfied with “disabling” – want to expunge.

  2. John Jost says:

    I made 7 attempts at posting this on JohnnyL’s blog but was caught by the censors!Perhaps the win-win answer for the Adobe/Kinko fiasco is to provide an update 8.1.1 to:1. Remove the Kink-link.2. Add an Upgrade to eX-Pea-eS link to 8.1.1 to remain up for the same length of time as 8.1 (and for as many downloads), then release update 8.1.2 without either link.Sounds fair to me!

  3. It is good to see Adobe updating their Support For Windows XP x64 & Vista x64!Does this support for 64 bit Windows take the form of an actual 64bit executable?Is there a way to do a clean install of v8.1 in a 64bit Windows environment?

  4. Leo Davidson says:

    We could do with a PDF Preview Handler that works on x64. (i.e. So that you can view PDFs in 64-bit Explorer windows.)