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Developer(s)Adobe Systems
Written inC++
Operating systemCross-platform
TypePDF viewer and writer
LicenseAdobe EULA

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How-To Find, Download and Install Adobe Acrobat Reader software

Adobe Reader

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Adobe Acrobat is a family of computer programs developed by Adobe Systems, designed to view, create, manipulate and manage files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). Some software in the family, particularly the creating software, are commercial, and some are freeware. Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) is available as a no-charge download from Adobe's web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files. Acrobat and Reader are widely used as a way to present information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication.


Product names

Adobe has changed the names of the products in the Acrobat family regularly, also splitting-up, joining, or discontinuing products. Between version 3 and 5, Standard and Professional versions were one product simply called Adobe Acrobat.

As of October 2009, the current main members of the Adobe Acrobat family are:

  • Adobe Reader 9 (Windows, Mac and Unix)
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 (Windows & Mac only; no Unix version)
    • Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard
    • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
    • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (includes Adobe Presenter)
  • A growing collection of free web services launched via the service such as Adobe Buzzword, Connect Now, Create PDF, and Share.

None of the products in Acrobat family has adopted the two-letter CS3 icons, although rendered similarly.


Internationalization and localization

Language availability

Adobe Acrobat is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian. Arabic, Hebrew and Greek versions available from [WinSoft International], Adobe Systems' internationalization and localization partner. Adobe Reader is also available in Catalan as of version 9.1.


The application has been criticized for being slow to load and use. Workaround solutions have been developed to speed up the software. The application has been improved by Adobe, as version 7 of the software is indeed quicker to load; Adobe claims that Adobe Reader 7 users can "Open and save PDF files faster than ever" as version 7.0 launches "up to 50% faster than version 6.0". This works by installing a QuickStart program which runs every time the computer is turned on (and then quits). While it is often stated that this preloads the program into memory, using up memory resources, all it actually does is open and close each individual program file, allowing virus checking to take place in advance of the program actually loading. Note that this QuickStart program is for Adobe Reader/Acrobat 7.0+ only.

Many have also noted poor behavior in the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Acrobat plug-ins. The plug-ins do not support full asynchronous loading, thus causing browsers to appear to "lock up" until the document has been fully downloaded.

Other popular applications that can open PDF files

  1. DownloadAdobe Reader

    License: Free
    Operating system: Win 2000 with Service Pack 4, Win 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2; XP Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 or 3 (32-bit and 64-bit); Vista, 7

  2. InfoFoxit Reader
  3. InfoEvince