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Windows 8 getting a built-in PDF reader, Metro-style

For what seems like an eternity, Download Squad readers have reacted to news of security exploits targeting Adobe Reader with a common sentiment: why doesn't Microsoft build its own secure PDF reader into Windows? Apparently the Windows 8 team agrees, and they're working away at an application called Modern Reader which is exactly that. From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has...

Adobe patches latest Flash and Reader vulnerabilities

Just recently, new critical vulnerabilities were reported in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader. While Google and Adobe managed to deliver an update to secure Chrome users, it took a few more days to put together the necessary bits for the general Flash and Reader using public. Fortunately, the work is now complete, and Adobe has posted updated downloads for both products. You should be...

Sumatra PDF, the open-source Adobe Reader replacement, improves performance, printing

Sumatra -- the lightweight, open source alternative to Adobe Reader -- has just updated to version 1.3 and lead developer Krzysztof Kowalczyk has delivered some welcome improvements. Sumatra now uses libjpeg-turbo for faster rendering of some PDFs and its printing support has been improved. Documents can also be zoomed and rotated using your keyboard via the + and * keys, respectively. Sumatra...

Adobe Acrobat and Reader X now available in 23 languages, Acrobat.com services in 38 countries

Adobe's Acrobat and Reader X are now available in more languages than ever before. The latest additions are French, German, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Finnish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Croatian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. Adobe Reader X is also available in Catalan...

Adobe Reader X now available for Android and desktop OSes

For better or worse, Adobe's latest iteration of Reader is now available for both Android and desktop OSes. From the sandboxed Reader 'protected-mode', to the new multimedia implementations, there's quite a bit in the new Acrobat X suite of software. Adobe Reader for Android brings quite a few changes with one of the highlights being text search, an invaluable tool for anyone reading any sort of...

New zero-day vulnerabilities found in Adobe Flash, Reader, and Acrobat

Adobe has found a new critical zero-day vulnerability in Flash, Reader and Acrobat. This can be exploited to run malicious code on the victims' computers. Affected are Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier on Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris; Flash Player 10.1.95.2 and earlier for Android; Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Mac and Unix-based operating systems; Adobe Acrobat 9.4...

Adobe unveils Acrobat X plus Adobe Reader for Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry Tablet OS

This morning, Adobe announced the latest iteration to their Acrobat platform, Acrobat X. Products getting the bump to Acrobat 10 include, Adobe Reader, Acrobat Suite, and Acrobat Pro and Standard. Most of these will probably ship around the beginning of December given that their free shipping promotion for pre-orders ends on the 30th of November. Adobe Reader X will be available for free...

Nitro PDF Reader is a powerful, free Adobe Reader alternative

There are all sorts of compelling reasons to try an alternative PDF reader, security not being the least. Adobe Reader is also quite stingy with its functionality – you can't even annotate PDFs. Nitro PDF Reader is an alternative reader with a modern-looking interface, and it offers generous annotation options. Unlike Foxit Reader, Nitro doesn't appear to watermark your PDF when you...

Open source Adobe Reader alternative Sumatra PDF hits version 1.0

Adobe has done a lot to improve Reader in recent versions. I'm more than happy to run an open source alternative, however. Sumatra PDF is ridiculously small (a 1.2Mb download), lightweight, and handles the PDFs I throw at it without skipping a beat. Today, Sumatra has finally hit version 1.0. Sumatra's a pretty bare-bones application, so don't expect any mind-blowing changes. What the new...

Keeping your OS patched isn't enough

The prevailing wisdom is that if you keep your operating system up to date with the latest security patches, and you run antivirus software, you're probably safe from malware. Unfortunately, that's just not true. Consider yesterday's news that Trend Micro has discovered a new zero-day exploit in Adobe Reader. Who doesn't have Adobe Reader on their machine? If you have it, how careful are you about...

Make Adobe Reader almost as fast as Foxit

It's no secret that while Adobe created the PDF format, Adobe Reader isn't exactly what you'd call an efficient tool for reading PDF files. In the past our solution has been to install the lightweight and free Foxit Reader. But there might be another solution out there. Prevent all those plugins that load up with Adobe Reader from running. Adobe Reader Speedup is a little application that lets...

Sumatra PDF viewer: free, fast, tiny, and open source

While Adobe may have invented the PDF format, it's no secret that Adobe Reader is a bloated program that runs slowly on most computers. We're big fans of Foxit as a lightweight alternative that opens PDF files in a flash. But the How-To Geek just turned us on to Sumatra PDF viewer, an even smaller free and open source PDF viewer. Sumatra is a single 802KB executable file for Windows. No...

Dear Adobe: What the hell happened to you?

Adobe has slowly been adding to that chip on many people's shoulders for some time now, and lately they seem to be upping their game. Certainly, comments from their CEO like "our customer is not typically price sensitive" don't help matters, but it seems that even the very software their company is so well known for is beginning to suffer from poor, nay - dreadful - design and management. ...