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Adobe Acrobat and Reader 8.1 released


Adobe's freeware and flagship PDF apps are getting a refresh this week, as Acrobat 8.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1 for Mac are now available through Adobe's download site and via the update option within both programs. New features include the obligatory bug fixes, Adobe3D support in Reader, enhanced Flash and InDesign integration in Acrobat, and a handy-dandy "Send to FedEx Kinko's" button for US users who need to cut down on all-nighters.

Unfortunately, the aggravation involved in installing or updating Reader 8 has not decreased appreciably since the first round of vehement complaining. The Reader installers are still segregated into PPC and Intel versions, and the machines I updated insisted on downloading 44 MB of updates immediately after installation; that is, when the installation actually proceeded as expected (didn't work on a machine with a managed user account). Ah, consistency!

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