Adobe updates free Acrobat eBook Reader to version 2.2
Includes a variety of enhancements, addresses security issue
28 June 2001
Adobe Systems has released an updated version of its free Acrobat eBook Reader -- a separate product from its free Adobe Acrobat Reader -- now available for download from Adobe.com. The release was in part to address a security concern raised by the recent release of a commercial software product designed to remove password protection and usage restrictions from PDF files and PDF-based eBooks. Adobe has threated legal action against the company, based in Russia.
Features of the Adobe eBook Reader include:
- Convenient buying and downloading of eBooks
- A personal library of eBooks and other documents that you can organize
- Elegant, full-color display of eBook pages, including Adobe® PDF eBooks
- Searching and bookmarking
- Highlighting and annotation
- Display rotation for laptop computers
- Adobe® CoolTypeTM technology for improved text clarity
- Single-page and two-page view
- Printing pages and copying selections to the clipboard (with the
permission of the publisher)
- Giving and lending eBooks to other devices (with the permission of the publisher)
- A dictionary with automatic lookup capability for definitions of words in eBooks (for some languages)
- Spoken text of eBooks (on Windows 2000, with the permission
of the publisher)
What's the difference?
In case you were wondering: According to Adobe's eBook Reader FAQ, the difference between Adobe Acrobat Reader and the Acrobat eBook Reader is as follows:
" Acrobat Reader works well for all documents, while the Acrobat
eBook Reader is designed
specifically for e-books. The Acrobat eBook Reader has all the
functionality of the Acrobat
Reader, plus it has annotation and bookmarking capabilities as
well as enhancements such as
display rotation for laptop computers and a built-in dictionary."
New Features, Fixes, Limitations
- 1. Improved Viewing of Books with Large Pages
- The Fit Width button can make books with large pages easier to read.
- 2. Single-Page View, Two-Page View, and Fit Width are mutually exclusive
- 3. Adobe PDF Options Can Specify Initial Page View
- Publishers of eBooks can use Adobe® Acrobat® to set options in an
eBook PDF file that cause the Acrobat eBook Reader to open the eBook
in either Fit Width or Two-Page View.
- 4. New Scrolling and Panning Features
- If an eBook page becomes too long to fit in the display area as a
result of zooming in or entering Fit Width view, a vertical scroll
bar appears. If the page becomes too wide to fit, you can click the
Hand Tool button and then drag the page left or right as well as up
or down. Click the Hand Tool button again to stop repositioning the
- 5. Printing on Non-PostScript Printers
- If the publisher allows, you can now print eBook pages on a printer
that does not use the PostScript® page description language.
- 6. Maximizing Does Not Obscure Task Bar
- Maximizing the Acrobat eBook Reader no longer obscures the Windows task bar.
- 7. Incompatible Programs
- The Read-Me file contains a full list of programs that are not compatible with the Acrobat eBook Reader. Adobe recommends that you remove these programs before you install
the Acrobat eBook Reader.
- 8. Color Palette Issues
- If the color palette of your display uses 256 or fewer colors, the
colors that appear in the Acrobat eBook Reader may be incorrect,
backgrounds may look grainy, and the text of buttons and labels may
be difficult to read. To solve this problem, set your computer
display to use more than 256 colors.
- 9. Restrictions on Multiple Computers and Hardware Changes
- To prevent unauthorized reading or copying of eBooks, the Acrobat
eBook Reader does not allow you to read the same eBooks from more
than one computer or to copy eBook and data files from one computer
to another. If you want to move eBooks from one computer to another,
you can use the Acrobat eBook Reader to give or lend eBooks to a
device that also has version 2.1 or later of the Acrobat eBook Reader
- 10. Problems with Proxy Servers
- If you use the Acrobat eBook Reader behind an Internet firewall, you
may have problems if proxy settings in Internet Explorer are
- 11. Problems with PACE InterLok Drivers
- The Acrobat eBook Reader uses PACE InterLok products as part of its
security implementation. PACE periodically updates the drivers for
the InterLok products. If your Acrobat eBook Reader has an outdated
driver, you may have problems with your computer. For example, it may
crash or may have difficulty restarting or coming out of hibernation
- 12. Read Aloud Supported Only on Windows 2000
- If the publisher allows, you can hear the spoken text of an eBook by
clicking the Read Aloud button. This feature is supported only on
computers running Windows 2000.
- 13. Athlon Computers May Not Restart after Installation
- When you install the Acrobat eBook Reader for the first time, the
installation program offers to restart your computer. If you accept
the restart option on a computer with an AMD Athlon processor, the
computer may fail to restart, and you may have to use the computer's
restart switch to restart.
- 14. Problems Reading eBooks Purchased with Web Buy
- To purchase and download eBooks using Web Buy, you must have Adobe®
Acrobat® ReaderTM with Web Buy installed on your computer. If you try to use the Acrobat eBook Reader to display an eBook you
purchased using Acrobat Reader with Web Buy, the eBook may fail to
open because it has an invalid license. To recover, open the eBook in
Acrobat Reader. If it has an invalid license, Acrobat Reader prompts
you to obtain a new one. With a valid license, you can then use the
Acrobat eBook Reader to display the eBook.
- 15. Troubleshooting Giving and Lending
- If a Give or Lend operation over an infrared (IR) connection fails
for any reason, the ReadMe file offers a series of recovery steps.
- 16. Limitations on Printing
- When you click the Rotate button and then print part of a book, you
can print only the current page. You cannot edit the start and end
pages in the Print dialog box. You may not be able to print a PDF document that contains rotated pages. The Acrobat eBook Reader can open PDF documents that contain Adobe
Acrobat 5.0 (128-bit) security settings.
- 17. No Scroll Bar after Rotating
- When you click the Rotate button and an eBook page is too long to fit
inside the display area, no vertical scroll bar appears. To move the
page up and down, click the Hand Tool button and then drag the page.
- 18. Problems with Text Display
- Book titles containing special characters such as trademark symbols
may not be displayed correctly in some dialog boxes, such as
Download, Delete, and Book Information. If the text of a bookmark contains special characters, these characters may not be displayed correctly in the Bookmarks dialog box.
- 19. Problem with Search Highlighting
- If you use the Find command on the menu to search for a word or
phrase in single-page view, the word or phrase you find may be
highlighted only on alternate pages.
- 20. Problems with Acrobat eBook Reader Window Operations
- On small displays, such as laptop computers, the Acrobat eBook Reader
window may be too small horizontally to display all the text in some
dialog boxes. Resize the window, expanding it horizontally, to make
more text visible. Maximizing the Acrobat eBook Reader window while a dialog box is open
may adversely affect text display.
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