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Adobe Reader X

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Adobe developed the Portable Document Format to standardize electronic document handling. PDF, the file format that carries the business world on its back, is everywhere, from product manuals to legal documents. To open, view, and edit PDFs, you need a PDF reader -- for example, Adobe's free Reader. Despite competition from simpler tools, Reader remains the standard the others are judged against. We looked at the latest version of Reader, Adobe Reader X. With it you can view and annotate all PDF files, sign documents electronically, and access optional Adobe Online subscription services directly from inside its interface.

Reader X's familiar interface opens with a quick-start file manager from which we could open a recent file or log in to an existing Adobe Online account. We clicked Open and browsed to a folder full of PDFs we use for testing. Reader rendered each document with high detail and faithful color reproduction. Clicking the Sign icon on Reader's toolbar let us digitally sign documents by adding text or attaching a signature via a wizard. We could also Print our document or e-mail it as an attachment or via Adobe SendNow. We could highlight text, add Sticky Notes, take a Snapshot, and attach Comments.

Reader has some extras that stripped-down competitors can't match, such as its Read Out Loud tool, which can read documents to you if you have sound capability. A Tracker tool monitors updates to Reviews and Forms. Under the Edit menu, entries labeled Protection, Analysis, and Accessibility let us manage security settings, check document accessibility, and analyze data using the Object Data Tool and Geospatial Location Tool. Reader doesn't lack support, either, starting with the sort of extensive Help file you'd expect from an Adobe product. The optional online services include converting PDFs to Word or Excel documents and creating PDFs using Adobe CreatePDF online. Clicking Tools toggles open the online extras.

As we noted, Adobe Reader X is the standard for freeware PDF readers, none of which can match Reader's capabilities and extras. Lighter, simpler tools are available, but Adobe's free reader remains the one to beat.

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1 stars

"CNET comment "You might as well install this now...""

September 28, 2012  |  By swamprat

 |  Version: Adobe Reader X 10.1.4


It is a Reader


no redeeming value yet noted. The only reason to leave v9 is to stop the constant upgrade pop-ups. Once again add junk just for the sake of adding and remove or hide any useful tools trying to force a overpriced product upgrade. one more reason to migrate to ODF over PDF.


Judging from the dates on above reviews CNET 2008 review is a bit dated. The "dockable" tool bar is an absolute irritating idiotic annoyance! Just one more unnecessary click! It should have remained along the top line along with a useful set of tools now hidden or gone. If some clown at Adobe thinks these changes will enamor users to migrate they need a new job. Another, any other reader will be an improvement. This comment earns X a 5 star rating??? "You might as well install this now before a Web site you visit prompts you to download it, because you'll need it."

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4 stars

"good programme given that its free"

September 09, 2012  |  By jimlaidlaw

 |  Version: Adobe Reader X 10.1.4


seems to work well


none that i have found

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2 stars

"worst for searching any line."

September 09, 2012  |  By nfciefr

 |  Version: Adobe Reader X 10.1.4


just read pdf files.


slow, non-supportive, many more

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2 stars

"Won't print PDF. Fonts don't appear in menus."

August 24, 2012  |  By pleydenwurf

 |  Version: Adobe Reader X 10.1.4


Installation relatively painless. Removal seems work.


Installed version 10.1.5 in windows XP SP3 system. Would not print PDF file (large screen popped up with what appeared to be extremely large, distorted font - no characters appeared in popup menus). Attempted to change some options, but the popup menus displayed no characters. Reversion to 9.5 fixed problem, but will probably use Foxit in future.

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Publisher Adobe Systems
Publisher web site http://www.adobe.com/
Release Date August 16, 2012
Date Added August 16, 2012
Version 10.1.4
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
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Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
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Total Downloads 61,667,351
Downloads Last Week 2,977
License Model Free
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Price Free

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