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Old 10-25-2007, 03:49 AM   #1
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Adobe patches latest Reader security flaw

Adobe on Tuesday issued a new version of Reader and Acrobat to fix what they called a "critical" security vulnerability in the programs that hackers could use take control of affected systems.

Adobe recommends that you either use their automatic update feature to install version 8.1.1 or manually download and install the update.

Disclosure of the security exploit and official description: link and link
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:12 PM   #2
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Do we really need Adobe ?
I've just discovered PDF-Xchange Viewer; it's free, fast (well, compared to Adobe Reader...), and you can even write on your PDF (not like Adobe Reader where you must buy this special version).
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Do we really need Adobe ?
I've just discovered PDF-Xchange Viewer; it's free, fast (well, compared to Adobe Reader...), and you can even write on your PDF (not like Adobe Reader where you must buy this special version).
The main thing that Adobe reader does is permit reflow of a document. For small screen devices this can be important. Reflow is supported on Palm and PocketPC devices. For windows use it doesn't matter much and I usually use a different reader.

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Old 10-27-2007, 10:39 AM   #4
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Is there a good replacement for OS X? I don't like Preview.app and use Adobe Reader at the moment, but maybe there is something even better.
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:42 AM   #5
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The latest Adobe Reader 8 won't read DRM PDF and it's pissing off a lot of people who have such.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:36 AM   #6
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The latest Adobe Reader 8 won't read DRM PDF and it's pissing off a lot of people who have such.
Why can't they use Digital Editions?

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Old 10-29-2007, 11:41 AM   #7
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I thought the name of the software was Adobe Acrobat Reader It's kind of important to mention since now 'Reader' has become generic of the devices used for ebook reading. Adobe has no reader as of now.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:46 AM   #8
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I thought the name of the software was Adobe Acrobat Reader It's kind of important to mention since now 'Reader' has become generic of the devices used for ebook reading. Adobe has no reader as of now.
Adobe has been using that name from the beginning and it means to be able to read Acrobat files. The name is historical and cannot be suddenly interpreted as meaning something it never meant.

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Old 10-29-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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Adobe has been using that name from the beginning and it means to be able to read Acrobat files. The name is historical and cannot be suddenly interpreted as meaning something it never meant.

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So, what is the complete name?
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:07 PM   #10
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So, what is the complete name?
Originally on Unix systems and Windows the acrobat reader was called acroread many eons ago and it was always defined to be the reader for Adobe Acrobat files. In English this is the interpretation of Adobe Acrobat Reader where Acrobat is an adjective for the word Reader telling what the Reader can read.

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:52 PM   #11
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I am pretty sure they call it "Adobe Reader" now.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:56 PM   #12
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sigh....seems like another step closer to the literal meaning of the name.
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