Adobe Reader X Download Available

Does this mean that if there’s an Adobe Reader 35, they’ll call it XXXVIII ?

Adobe’s latest pdf reader Adobe Reader x has been released yesterday. Wait X? Why did Adobe move to Roman numerals? Maybe they have switched numerals to visualize the cut, or the beginning of a new era, for their product. Maybe it is just because they thing the X is cooler than the 10. Whatever the reason, it will be interesting to see how the following Adobe Reader releases will be named (Adobe Reader XI for 11 and Adobe Reader XIX for 19, do not sound right). Chance is Adobe will switch back to Adobe Reader 11 when the time comes.

But what makes Adobe Reader x different from previous releases of the pdf reader?

Reader X for desktop enables an even greater level of interaction with the ability to share feedback through the use of Sticky Notes and Highlighter tools, as well as view a larger variety of content types including drawings, email messages, spreadsheets, videos, and other multimedia elements. You can also take advantage of the added security of Protected Mode in Reader X, which helps ensure safer viewing of PDF files.

It is rather strange that the announcement by Steve Gottwals over at Adobe lists the feature that I would consider the most important at the end of the new feature description.

So what’s Adobe Reader Protected Mode?

[..] Protected Mode is a sandboxing technology based on Microsoft’s Practical Windows Sandboxing technique. It is similar to the Google Chrome sandbox and Microsoft Office 2010 Protected Viewing Mode. [..] With Adobe Reader Protected Mode enabled (it will be by default), all operations required by Adobe Reader to display the PDF file to the user are run in a very restricted manner inside a confined environment, the “sandbox.” Should Adobe Reader need to perform an action that is not permitted in the sandboxed environment, such as writing to the user’s temporary folder or launching an attachment inside a PDF file using an external application (e.g. Microsoft Word), those requests are funneled through a “broker process,” which has a strict set of policies for what is allowed and disallowed to prevent access to dangerous functionality. (via)

Adobe Reader X comes with protected mode enabled by default. That’s great for users who felt that to many security vulnerabilities were discovered for Adobe’s pdf reader.

The main purpose of the sandbox is to mitigate attacks, so that the impact on the system is neglectful.

The initial release of protected mode does is not a feature complete release.

This first release will sandbox all “write” calls on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003. This will mitigate the risk of exploits seeking to install malware on the user’s computer or otherwise change the computer’s file system or registry

Adobe plans to extend the sandbox by including read-only activities ” to protect against attackers seeking to read sensitive information on the user’s computer”.

Adobe Reader X is available for download at the official Adobe website.

Users who prefer to download Adobe Reader X directly can download it from Adobe’s ftp site instead:

  • Adobe Reader X Windows Download: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/
  • Adobe Reader X Linux Download:ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/
  • Adobe Reader X Mac Download: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/mac/

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