Adobe Reader XI Released

Adobe Reader was in serious need of security fixes; hopefully, this new version not only took care of existing security problems but is also forward-looking enough to address any new problems that might arise in the near future …

Adobe has released a new version of Adobe Reader, a program that enables users to open and work with pdf documents on their computer. Adobe Reader XI is already available at the official Adobe website, both as a web installer and offline installer, and through the Adobe Reader update checker available under Help > Check for Updates in the program itself.

Adobe Reader XI ships with a new set of features that improve productivity, security, and deployment of the new program version. Most notable from an end user perspective are the following features:

  • Full support for Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion including “touch-mode” for touch-based devices.
  • Form filling, signing, saving and sending improved
  • Creating pdf or exporting pdf files to Word or Excel online.
  • Commenting features, including stamps, attachments, audio recordings.
  • Protected View providing an additional layer of defense by implementing a separate desktop for the UI.
  • Enhanced Protected Mode improved with data theft prevention capabilities.

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Adobe Reader XI loads pdf documents surprisingly fast using a reasonable amount of memory and barely any cpu cycles when it is open. There is no real difference anymore in speed when it comes to opening pdfs on the system between Adobe Reader XI and popular third party solutions such as Foxit Reader or Sumatra, at least not when it comes to my test environment and the pdf documents that I used for the review.

Adobe as always is offering a web installer on the official website. This is a small installer that downloads the required files during installation of Adobe Reader from the Internet. While that’s usually not a problem, some users prefer offline installers, for instance to download the program only once when deploying it on multiple PCs in a network.

You can download the Adobe Reader 11 offline installer for Windows here. Just click on the language you want the reader to be in and download it to your system. Mac and Android users need to go back to the operating system selection screen on the ftp (by editing the url manually or clicking on parent directory a few times) to find downloads for their operating systems on the ftp server.

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