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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 1,385 votes

    • 5 star: 343
    • 4 star: 254
    • 3 star: 156
    • 2 star: 138
    • 1 star: 494
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 121 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 54
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Why use Adobe Reader on a Mac when you can use Skim?"

    August 16, 2012  |   By GrandGizmo

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    Adobe Reader lets you read PDF files.

    Cons

    Adobe Reader doesn't have all the useful features that Skim has added. Adobe Reader crashes while Skim doesn't crash.

    Summary

    All in all, I prefer Skim over Adobe Reader. I see no use in using Adobe Reader on my Macbook Pro. :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Changes from Reader 9 create huge new hassle"

    June 29, 2011  |   By TheAardman

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    Adds the ability to add notes to your document

    Cons

    Huge new hassle in saving files from with in the reader
    Slow to open

    Summary

    I frequently archive a batch of pdf files I've scanned to my email by opening them, then clicking the "save" button, which would bring up the "save as" window, and I could save them to the folder of my desire. This used to be a snap, but no longer. The "save" button has lost it's "save as" functionality and now is grayed out, unless I edit the document (extra unnecessary steps). The alternative is to add two extra steps by clicking "file", "save as", "pdf". Of course now extra steps are added there too, because Acrobat X no longer remembers the last folder you saved in, so now I have to navigate to the folder for EVER SINGLE DOCUMENT! This increases by multiples the time it takes to get through a batch of saves. I'm uninstalling and going back to Reader 9.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Want 9 because X is a nightmare"

    March 30, 2011  |   By destabooth

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    I have Adobe Reader 9 on my XP netbook and never have any problems with it. I don't notice it when I'm not using it. It always works, like I expect it to, when I need it.

    Cons

    none on XP-hoping it will be the same on Vista

    Summary

    I have adobe X on a 64 bit Vista system and if it will actually work with stuff, it's just a guess on what it is do, how to get to page 31, etc, whether a contol popup will appear at the bottom of the page. I can muddle through all that but when it won't even work with stuff it previously worked with, like income tax PDFs, that is a big problem to me. If you think you hate Adobe Reader 9 just wait until you try Adobe Reader X. What are they thinking. Whatever it takes, I will get Adobe Reader 9 on my Vista system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very helpful"

    January 2, 2011  |   By christianah9

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    It helped me read.

    Cons

    I have no comment about it.

    Summary

    It helped me concentrate with my reading medically.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adobe Reader 9 is completely UN*USEABLE"

    September 29, 2010  |   By Stapleton2010

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    If it worked, I could.

    Cons

    1) UsesTOO MUCH memory;
    2) When I download, it changes ALL my shortcuts/programs to Adobe. Nothing opens, not even Adobe Reader! I cannot stand the fact that I cannot access some necessary online forms with any other program.

    Summary

    Cannot open it or any other program on my laptop (Windows 7 64-bit). I had to remove it from my laptop! Adobe wants to CHARGE ME to fix the problem. Never had problems of any kind before,
    Intercessor@OptOnline.net

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thanks for saving my job Adobe!"

    May 7, 2010  |   By BiffHandleman

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    Fatty bloated crapware causes incessant system slowdowns and crashes. The constant stream of customers requiring my tech support keeps my family fed.

    Cons

    Doesn't install rootkits or viruses for me to bill extra time for.

    Summary

    Keep up the good work Adobe! Making me more $$$ with every new version!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "u can play music and games wiv it installed"

    February 18, 2010  |   By baytrees

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    you can play games

    Cons

    takes ages to download

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Missing some using printing options from reader 8"

    July 15, 2009  |   By kanejoseph

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    works well with Firefox as a plugin

    Cons

    Printing options missing

    Summary

    Generally okay but I need those printing options.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very handy and versatile"

    June 29, 2009  |   By revbaff

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    provides instant solution to computer problems

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    Provides easy reading and nice format in reading data and documents

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  • 4.0 stars

    "absolutely work"

    June 17, 2009  |   By Thoenx

    Version: Adobe Reader 9

    Pros

    I found something better after reading W Macaulay's comment on Foxit Reader. I downloaded Foxit Reade2.3. So far so good it performs fast just like this person commented on say it performs. Thanks so much.

    Cons

    I found something better after reading W Macaulay's comment on Foxit Reader. I downloaded Foxit Reader 2.3. So far so good it performs fast just like this person commented on say it performs. Thanks so much.

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