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Adobe Reader for Mac

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Editors' Review


This free software lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. As the open standard for worldwide electronic document distribution, Adobe PDF files preserve all the formatting, the graphics and the colors of the original document, so Acrobat users know they're delivering the exact same presentation to everyone.

Adobe Reader offers several display options at different zoom levels depending on the documents need for exacting details. A full-screen mode lets you view documents without distraction. You can also complete and submit PDF forms online, a feature that will become more useful as companies adopt the technology.

The collaborative and search tools in version 9 are exceptional, and another welcome addition is Acrobat Reader's integration with Adobe Connect, which lets users instantly comment and collaborate on projects with online presentations and live online meetings. The integration with FedEx Kinko's for remote printing is nice, if you need that kind of thing, but it's subject to third-party fees. We noticed that Acrobat Reader uses a significant chunk of memory in our processes list, but with the way Acrobat Reader is commonly used, memory issues probably won't be a problem for most users.

Overall, Adobe Reader provides users with the ability to view PDF files efficiently, with an interface and tools to make viewing both simple and painless. Though there are other PDF readers available that may take up less space or work at slightly faster speeds, none offer as much of a toolset as Adobe Reader does nor seamless integration with other useful Adobe tools.

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User Reviews

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1 stars

"After 5 downloads get error in opening, won't work"

September 21, 2008  |  By wildefon

 |  Version: Adobe Reader 9


Nothing haven't gotten it to work on PowerPC Laptop G4 running 10.5.5 Keep getting error in opening


Can't say till it works

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1 stars

"Too bloated for the average user"

July 11, 2008  |  By danwat1234

 |  Version: Adobe Reader 9


Has the ability to view the newest version of the .pdf format, but probably Fox-it and other alternatives will be able to at some point as well.


At first glance it uses ~ 25MB of RAM when running, without any documents opened (Pdfs). With one text based PDF open, it uses about 35MB of RAM. With two PDFs open, Reader 9 uses a little over 50MB of RAM!!

Foxit with the same two PDFs opened use less than 10MBs of RAM.

Furthermore, with reader 9, you can feel how Reader 9 uses alot of CPU processing power, especially when going from window mode to full-screen (CTRL -L) and back again, there is a significant delay.

The .cab file that is extracted from the download archive(33MB), is about 100MBs, and this .cab file stays in your "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9" Directory, causing that directory to be over 200MB in size! Why didn't they just keep the special install archive that uses special compression techniques, inside the directory to save space??

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4 stars

"adobe reader always works well but a bit boated"

July 07, 2008  |  By tixpage

 |  Version: Adobe Reader 9

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 9
Version 9 includes compatibility with Acrobat.com for enhanced web-based collaboration and other features, built-in multimedia support, a streamlined interface, support for searching all PDFs on a drive, and more.
Publisher Adobe Systems
Publisher web site http://www.adobe.com/
Release Date July 01, 2008
Date Added July 01, 2008
Version 9
Category Business Software
Subcategory Business Applications
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac/OS X 10.4
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.4
Download Information
File Size 145.82MB
File Name AdbeRdrUpd11012.dmg
Total Downloads 4,478,254
Downloads Last Week 9,515
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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