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What is Acrobat Reader?

April 01, 2004

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Editor's Note: This article is part of the Introduction to Acrobat & PDF Learning Center

The name "Adobe Acrobat Reader" was retired by Adobe Systems in May, 2003 with the release of Adobe Reader 6.0.

The latest version of Adobe Reader is 6.01. Planet PDF recommends that if you have not already done so, you should download and install Adobe Reader 6.01 today.

"Acrobat" is now the name reserved for Adobe's for-sale PDF creation and management software; Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional. You can learn more about these applications here.

Why you should upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader - Version 6.01

As Adobe continues to develop the PDF specification, adding new capabilities to the PDF format, they also improve the Reader to improve the user experience and take advantage of new technologies. With Reader 6.01, users benefit from...

  • An all-new search capability that makes it easier to locate words and phrases in a PDF
  • Improvements to bookmarks for navigation purposes
  • Improved support for multimedia features, including embedding of movies in PDF
  • Improved accessibility for disabled users

However, one of the most important reasons to upgrade is the obnoxious little dialog older Reader users see whenever they view a PDF file created or saved using Acrobat 6.01.

Yes, Adobe wants you to use the new software. No surprise there. Having said that, it is free, and overall, it's an improvement.

If you recognize this window, and if you don't want to see it again (whatever the checkbox says), then we can only suggest you download Reader 6.01 now! You'll be glad you did.

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