Adobe this week announced the release of Adobe Reader 8.0 available for download on the company web site. With Adobe Reader 8.0 comes the additional perks of a new ‘Start Meeting’ button that launches Adobe Acrobat Connect. This feature is an Adobe-hosted software service providing immediate online collaboration with Adobe Flash Player.
Kevin Lynch, Senior VP and chief software architect at Adobe said in a statement, ‘As people increasingly communicate and collaborate across the Internet, Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Connect enable an effective workflow around documents, reliably reaching people around the world.’
Lynch also noted the new streamlined user interface and graphics acceleration available in the updated version of Reader.
In addition to the ‘Start Meeting’ button, the popular reader also features customizable user friendly toolbars. For users of Adobe Acrobat Professional the release offers the ability to enable Adobe Reader users to fill and submit forms, save data and digitally sign documents.
Version 8.0 offers more expedient viewing capabilities for viewing graphic-heavy PDF files, with its addition of a graphics processing unit (GPU) in the 8.0 version.
Adobe also announced the publication and release of the Sixth Edition of the PDF Reference, its free guide for developers implementing the open PDF specification in third-party products and plug-ins. The PDF Reference comes with the current PDF 1.7 spec and can be downloaded from the company Web site.
Adobe Reader is available from Adobe’s Reader download page, and is available in English, French, German and Japanese versions. The company will release Chinese and Korean versions in early 2007.
The company also noted it expects to release Adobe Reader 8.0 for Linux, HP/UX, AIX, and Solaris platforms in 2007.