Adobe Reader 8.0

Adobe Reader 8 includes new document viewing options, advanced collaboration, increased time-saving ways to work with PDF files, and other new features to help you more securely and consistently communicate and collaborate using PDF files.

Use the redesigned Adobe Reader 8 interface to select from a variety of new document viewing options. Zoom in, pan over, or leverage the loupe feature to take a closer look.
Launch an online, real-time meeting in seconds

Select "Start Meeting" in Reader 8 to deliver online training or communicate in real time. Set up shared, server-based document reviews. Leverage the new review tracker and simple RSS reader.
Secure existing workflows

Open, view, and collaborate on PDF document packages that contain Adobe PDF files and other files types. Try new markup and review tools, customizable toolbars, and combined search and find.

Download: Adobe Reader 8.0

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Foxit, huh? Never heard of it. Anyway, I find the included PDF reader in Mac OS X seems to do the job most of the time, although it did not render certain elements converted from InDesign properly. And besides, I'm happy with Acrobat 7 Pro for now.

Works good so far. The new GUI touch ups are nice. Loading speed seems to be improved.

All good so far!


Thanks for the heads up.


NOTE: For people who are picky about which programs they have on in their Startup folder, I would advise you check your Startup folder after installing this update because it adds two new startup entries without your consent.

I use foxit on my workpc even though it's not allowed as it's 3rd party - screw them, the pc this workplace gives is low on rama nd speed and doesnt run adobe reader fast enough, foxit does.

works great on OSX here as well, koyder you have to that for every app in windows it's not really that much hard work is it !!!

umm no you dont.. adobe makes you install 2 things to get one! normal windows apps you just install it once... adobe you have to download an installer to download an installer to install an installer which installs a program..... with a NORMAL MSI installer in windows you just double click the file and install and its done... adobe does too much to get the same result

Yikes, at 20mb for this versus 2mb or less for Foxit, i'll stick with Foxit. even if it has occasional (and very rare for me) shortcomings.

Why people give a crap about filesize anymore (on the lines of 2mb vs 20mb at least, 2mb vs 200mb is different) is beyond me.

I like Foxit more as well, but it's about performance rather than size. Would you not use Foxit if it were 20mb and Acrobat were 2mb?

EDIT: Oh, and this new reader is insanely better than 7.0

Quote - shade88 said @ #13.1
Why people give a crap about filesize anymore (on the lines of 2mb vs 20mb at least, 2mb vs 200mb is different) is beyond me.

I like Foxit more as well, but it's about performance rather than size. Would you not use Foxit if it were 20mb and Acrobat were 2mb?

EDIT: Oh, and this new reader is insanely better than 7.0

If Foxit was 20 mb it would have exactly the same useless extra features in it like Adobe that i dont want or need, and i wouldnt be using it...if Adobe was 2mb then obviously it would be the lean trim basic reader that i desire and i would choose and use it first. The fact i can just unzip Foxit and use it with no install needed is a bonus, since i can carry it around on a USB stick too.

Filesize is irrelevent, i just dont need all the features that comes with adobe, doesnt matter if i have a T1 connection and 6 TB of diskspace or 56k and 4gig HD, i dont like wasting it on something with un-needed features when something 10x smaller does the same job with a lot less fuss. Same goes for just about all software that i use.

Quote - Wolfsglen said @ #13.2
Filesize is irrelevent, i just dont need all the features that comes with adobe, doesnt matter if i have a T1 connection and 6 TB of diskspace or 56k and 4gig HD, i dont like wasting it on something with un-needed features when something 10x smaller does the same job with a lot less fuss. Same goes for just about all software that i use.

Fine, the feature set is a reason why to like/dislike something. As I said, I like the performance it gives, and the portability as well (I have it on my USB drives too).

But, if the file size is irrelevant, don't bother bringing it up as if it were an issue. Sure, it could be that the reason behind the file size is why adobe's reader is bloated, but there's nothing saying it cannot perform just as well as Foxit simply because of the size.

Does that make a 50mb distribution of Linux better than a 4gb? Not really. Is Visual Studio worse than notepad simply because it's grossly bigger even though they both are editors?

Foxit > Adobe Reader for most uses.

However, this Reader is much better than their previous version which was horrible, and warrants an install, especially if you ever get in a case where Foxit won't suffice. There are some neat things with this Reader too btw and the performance seems much better.

Quote - shade88 said @ #13.1

EDIT: Oh, and this new reader is insanely better than 7.0


Two thumbs up. Can't really believe it, after the bloatware that was 7 (and 5 and 6, for that matter). Almost comparable with foxit.

Quote - shade88 said @ #13.1
Why people give a crap about filesize anymore (on the lines of 2mb vs 20mb at least, 2mb vs 200mb is different) is beyond me.

Why people are so ignorant and don't understand that not everyone has broadband or unlimited use connections is beyond me.

i opened the temp folder but it dissapears rigth away , b4 i can even copy it, wtf is this with adobe, i cant use it on vista, this is **********

Here's what I had to go through to install Adobe Reader 8 on my Mac:

1. Choose between a PowerPC and an Intel version of Adobe Reader on Adobe's website (apparently Adobe hasn't heard of Universal Binaries; I wonder if they're also going to release separate versions of CS3 for PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs)
2. Download an installer of a download manager
3. Install the download manager
4. In the aforesaid download manager, download an installer of Adobe Reader
5. Install Adobe Reader
6. Manually remove the download manager from my Utilities folder

Welcome to the Adobe experience. Honestly, for a company whose so many clients are Mac users, they really should learn to think different.

Now, back to using Preview for viewing PDFs.

Agreed, most of the people on Foxit's jock probably didn't bother to try this.

I love Foxit, and will keep using it as my primary pdf reader in all likelyhood, but this reader is greatly improved over the last one and the performance is just as good as Foxit's if you ask me.

I cannot believe there are PDF reader fanboys as well...

EDIT: I know the feature I like in AR8 is the fact that I can now copy text out easily like it's a word document and paste it in anything. Foxit, nor AR7 to my knowledge don't let you do this; it's merely a print facility to read...

i agree with u both recently i found out about foxit reader and it's a great program loads WAY faster than the bloated adobe crap.... and since most people only need it for reading .pdf files u got nothing to lose and everything to gain by switching to foxit reader.

Wow if you guys should try this version. The installation was a little wierd how at first it used up 100% of my cpu, but it runs really quickly.

The start up time is insanely fast. Nothing else is running when I double click a pdf and bam it's open, no stupid loading box. It's the way acrobat should have been from the beginning.

hmm adobe is mad killing it with flash, but PDF format sucks. Why don't they just make a SWF for documents? Sounds like the way to go to me...

Quote - enzo said @ #6
hmm adobe is mad killing it with flash, but PDF format sucks. Why don't they just make a SWF for documents? Sounds like the way to go to me...

PDF is for print, SWF is for presentation, PDF has more parameters and specifications that print uses which SWF doesnt contain, SWF would need a revamping to do what PDF is capable of doing in the print world

Adobe Reader 8.. 8 times bigger, 8 times more bloated, 8 times more useless.
Thanks but I'll pass, Foxit Reader does the job really well.

Foxit is a great reader and my choice 99% of the time, though it is important to have adobe installed for some restrictions; so nice to know this is out. Foxit will remain my default though...

If you're having trouble installing this under vista (getting some crap error about Temp folder perms or free space):

run the setup... it will uncompress the install files to here:

C:/Users/username/appdata/LocalLow/Netopsystems/temp/Acrobat Reader 8.0

copy that Acrobat directory to somewhere else (like your desktop) and run the setup from there.

yeah, go adobe.

There are. Just change the language setting on the download page. I've already downloded the french version.
BTW, it's loading very fast upon opening...