Adobe Reader

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • About Window
  • Main Window
  • The License Agreement
  • The Create PDF Menu
  • The Installation Screen
  • Main window
  • Security settings for the document
  • Properties of the document
  • Page Fill View

Editorial review

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Keath Wyszynski Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 10.1
In nearly 20 years of its existence the PDF file format has become a staple on the majority of computers in the world. Its importance in document sharing grew from almost naught up to being the de facto standard on the Web. And the PDF software of choice for the most users has been and will be for a very long time par excellence Adobe Reader.

The current Adobe Reader 10.1 is no huge leap ahead in comparison with the previous releases. The most accurate description of it would be 'good old Reader'. However, it features a number of important changes involving mostly the commercially available features. So, now, using the Export PDF service, you can export your .pdf documents into .doc or .rtf format. However, this feature doesn't come for free: in order to enjoy converting the documents into an editable format, you'll have to fork out US$19.99, whereas there's a great chance that you'll find a nice freeware converter around.

Another important new feature that has been introduced recently is commentary adding that comes in two variants: sticky notes and text highlighting. Both of them will not shake the foundations of your ideas about software as they're practically identical to the corresponding features we're used to see in text editors like Word or LibreOffice.

The overall scarceness of really useful features in the free version is actually the greatest drawback of Adobe Reader. For example, unless you have acquired a yearly US$99.99 subscription, you won't have access to creating new PDF files. This strips Adobe Reader much of the efficiency it would have in our eyes if not for these exorbitant subscription fees. With so many alternative PDF-reading and converting applications around, it would be really hard for Adobe to keep up the competition.

Pros

  • Supports to fill in forms online.
  • Available for multiple platforms.
  • Supports digital ID.

Cons

  • A small feature range.

What's new in version 11.0

IMPROVED Comment using the PDF annotator

Reader XI comes with a full set of commenting tools. So you can add sticky notes, highlight text, and use lines, shapes, stamps, and a typewriter tool to place comments anywhere on your PDF document.
Fill out forms
IMPROVED Fill out forms

Say goodbye to paper forms. Type your responses right on the PDF form, or click through and fill in the form fields. Then save and submit. That's really all there is to it.
Sign files with e-signatures
IMPROVED Sign files with e-signatures

No need to print documents before you sign them. With Reader XI, it’s simple to add your electronic signature to PDFs — and just as easy to get them signed by others.
Do more with online services
Do more with online services

One click in Adobe Reader XI takes you to Adobe online services where you can create PDFs, turn PDFs into Office files, or build fillable PDF forms in minutes.
 

Publisher's description

Adobe Reader is the most popular PDF file reader program. PDF (Portable Document Format) is used to store documents, including e-books and pictures. The program can only read a PDF file. It has support for all the adavnced features of a PDF document such as graphics, 3D etc.

Latest comments

  All comments (265)
  • 1
    Mohamed Ali Gorrab 4 days ago

    It's lighter than previous versions and works faster.

  • 15
    Guest Last month

    It's supposed to be free according to business plan pro software program.

  • 2
    Guest Last month

    Does anyone know why this is free? Adobe doesn't do anything cheap and I am concerned about this being genuine and legal before I use it at work. Anyone know?


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