Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1 Release Notes

Adobe® Acrobat® and Reader® 9.1 software address several customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability (see http://www.adobe.com/go/apsb09-03) while providing more stability. For Adobe Acrobat 9 product support information, visit http://www.adobe.com/go/acrobat_support.

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Windows® and Macintosh Patches for Acrobat Available for 9.1 – Full Installers for Reader

The 9.1 patch (AcroProStdUpd910_T1T2_incr.msp) for Acrobat Pro/Standard is combined for English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian installer for Acrobat 9.1 on Windows.

The 9.1 patch (AcroProStdUpd910_T3T4_incr.msp) for Acrobat Pro/Standard is combined for Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Slovenian, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian installer for Acrobat 9.1 on Windows.

The 9.1 patch (AcroProExUpd910_all_incr.msp) for Acrobat Pro Extended is combined for English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian installer for Acrobat 9.1 on Windows.

The 9.1 patch (AcroProUpd910_all.dmg) is combined for Acrobat Pro for English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian and Turkish installer for Acrobat 9.1 on Macintosh.

9.1 consists of full Reader 9.1 versions on both Macintosh (PPC and Intel®) and Windows for English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian and Turkish.

9.1 also include full Reader 9.1 versions on Windows for Slovak, Bulgarian, Croatian, Slovenian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Catalan, and Basque.

9.1 also includes Full Reader 9.1 version on Linux and Solaris for English, French, German, and Japanese.

Acrobat System Requirements

 

Acrobat: Windows System Requirements

Acrobat 9.1 for Windows requires the following:

  • 1.3 gigahertz processor or higher
  • Microsoft® Windows XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 or 3 (32-bit and 64-bit); Windows Server® 2003 (with Service Pack 2 for 64-bit); or Windows Vista® Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with or without Service Pack 1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • 256 MB of installed RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or 7.0
  • Video hardware acceleration optional

Acrobat: Macintosh System Requirements

Acrobat 9.1 for Mac OS requires the following:

  • PowerPC® G4, G5 or Intel processors
  • Mac OS X version 10.4.11, 10.5.6
  • 256 MB of installed RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Safari® 3.0.4

Reader System Requirements

 

Reader: Windows System Requirements

Reader 9.1 Windows requires the following:

  • Intel 1.3 GHz processor
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003 and 2008; Windows XP Professional, Home Edition, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 or 3; Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with or without Service Pack 1
  • 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended)
  • 335MB of available hard disk space
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 6.0 with Service Pack 1, 7.0 or 8.0; Firefox 2.0 or 3.0

Reader: Macintosh System Requirements

Reader 9.1 for Mac OS requires the following:

  • PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.6
  • 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended)
  • 405MB of available hard-disk space
  • Safari 2.0.4 or later

Reader: Linux System Requirements

Reader 9.1 for Linux requires the following:

  • 32-bit Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
  • Red Hat® Linux WS 5, SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 SP2 or Ubuntu 7.10
  • GNOME or KDE Desktop Environment
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 150MB of available hard-disk space (additional 75MB required for all supported font packs)
  • GTK+ (GIMP Toolkit) user interface library, version 2.6 or later
  • Firefox 2.0 or later
  • OpenLDAP and CUPS libraries

Reader: Solaris System Requirements

Reader 9.1 for Solaris requires the following:

  • 32-bit Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
  • Solaris 10 u5 or OpenSolaris 2008.11
  • GNOME or KDE Desktop Environment (GNOME only for Solaris 10)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 200MB of available hard-disk space (additional 75MB required for all supported font packs)
  • GTK+ (GIMP Toolkit) user interface library, version 2.6 or later (on Solaris 10; also works with GTK 2.4.9)
  • Firefox 2.0 or later
  • OpenLDAP and CUPS libraries 

New Software Supported in 9.1

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Lotus Notes 8.5 support for email PDFMakers and Collaboration
  • AutoCAD® 2009 in PDFMaker and 3D Import

Serial numbers and registration 

You should have received your serial numbers with your version of Acrobat 9.0. You should have already been asked to register Acrobat 9.0 and should not see another registration dialog for 9.1.

Installing and uninstalling Acrobat and Adobe Reader

 

To install Acrobat 9.1 in Windows

  1. First uninstall Reader and any older version of Acrobat from your machine. For more information, see kb2.adobe.com/cps/333/333223.html
  2. Restart Windows and turn off any antivirus software. 
  3. To start the installation, copy the Acrobat patch to your desktop:
    • <system drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Desktop. When ready to install, double-click the package to decompress it.
    • Click Update on the Adobe Acrobat 9 Setup screen.
  4. On the Adobe Acrobat 9 setup screen, after seeing &ldquo;Setup Completed&rdquo; click Finish to exit the installation wizard.
  5. You must restart your system for the 9.1 configuration changes to take effect, click Yes.

To uninstall Acrobat 9.1 in Windows

  1. Launch the Control Panel and from it select Add or Remove Programs.
  2. From the list of applications that appears, highlight Adobe Acrobat 9 and press the Change/Remove button.
  3. The Acrobat 9 Application Maintenance dialog appears. Press the Next button and then select Remove to remove Acrobat 9 (and the Acrobat 9.1 patch). 

To install and start Acrobat 9 in Mac OS

  1. First uninstall Reader and any older version of Acrobat from your machine.
  2. To start the installation, copy AcroProUpd910_all.dmg to your local hard drive and run the software from that drive.
  3. Double-click AcroProUpd910_all.dmg to mount the image file as a volume.
  4. Double-click the &ldquo;Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro patch&rdquo; in Finder.
  5. Choose the copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro to update in the Open dialog and click OK. The default location to install Acrobat Pro is the Applications folder at the root of your hard disk
  6. In the Authenticate dialog, Acrobat 9 Pro Patch requires that you type the user name and password for an administrator account, and click OK.

Note: If you don't know the name and password for an administrator account, contact the person who administers the computer. An Updating dialog with a progress bar will be followed by the Update Successful dialog with the message the installation has completed successfully.

To uninstall Acrobat 9 in Mac OS

  1. Double-click the Acrobat Uninstaller file. For example, in Mac OS X v10.5.8, the Acrobat Uninstaller is located in Applications > Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro > Acrobat Uninstaller. 
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Acrobat. 
  3. In the Authenticate dialog, type the user name and password for an administrator account and click OK. Note: The uninstaller removes only Adobe Acrobat 9 and 9.1 files from the system.  It does not remove Adobe Reader files, Acrobat user data, or files that are shared with other Adobe applications. 

To uninstall Reader 9 in Mac OS

  1. Drag the Adobe Reader 9 folder from the Applications folder to the Trash.
  2. Remove AdobePDFViewer.plugin from the Library > Internet Plug-Ins folder.  

Areas of focus for 9.1

Adobe Acrobat 9.1 is a major dot release with a focus on stability across the entire product. Therefore, changes are numerous and testing should be comprehensive. The sections below describe the key areas that underwent the most change and deserve the most focus on testing: 3D, Forms, Hosted Services, Portfolios and Security.

3D

  • The ExData dictionary entry for markup annotations is now exported in XFDF. We have Acrobat 3D customers who want to export/import comments on 3D models as part of a custom LiveCycle&reg; workflow. In Acrobat 9, we added a new type of markup annotation called a Projection Annotation and XFDF now can import and export projection annotations.

Forms/XFA

  • Field Validation to add some methods and properties to the XFA object model in order to give greater control to form authors on how validation messages are handled and separate highlight fields from mandatory fields
  • Signature Validation Performance improvements including Checkers, Mod Analysis, and XFA canonicalization (XFA canonicalization replaced by using the new XFA DOM)
  • Make XFA dynamic forms so that changes are reported in signature-related change reporting as they are for acroform and static xfa
  • Data Binding replaces a Designer registry setting to disable schema validation with an XFA configuration setting
  • Support a new USPS barcode that came into effect in January 2009
  • In XFA documents, fields can be marked as visible, hidden or invisible. They can also be marked as optional or mandatory. When a field is hidden or invisible, it shouldn&rsquo;t be treated as mandatory since users have no way of entering the information. When creating new XFA documents, the new &lsquo;inactive&rsquo; value should be used instead of &lsquo;hidden&rsquo;. These XFA documents will however only work in Acrobat and Reader versions 9.1 and above.

Hosted Services/Collaboration/JavaScript

  • A reference Xobject is now able to reference a target document which is included in the containing document as an embedded file stream.  As a result, the target document can be found, viewed or printed.

Portfolios

  • In 9.1, full screen mode will be enabled for portfolios when a PDF file is displayed in the portfolio preview window. If a non-PDF file is displayed in the preview window, or the preview window is not visible, full screen mode is disabled. In all cases, when full screen mode is invoked, it applies to the PDF file in the preview window.
  • Preview first file in portfolio when in split view Navigator (used by Portfolios)
  • Integrate Portfolio Navigators from Adobe Labs into 9.1

Security/Digital Signatures

  • A more secure eStatement workflow based around PKI encryption and gave eStatement providers a way to collect public certificate and provide credentials to customers. Improved usability for installing digital IDs for use in eStatements and improved workflows surrounding decryption.
  • New Adobe Policy Server transport format
  • Update to digital signature infrastructure in Acrobat 9.1 to support long-term signature validation.
  • Extended Message will appear to show that the UB is &ldquo;temporary&rdquo; or &ldquo;evaluation&rdquo; in the UB message navigation panel
  • Mac Keychain Support for interfacing to smartcards/usb tokens/storing software certificates
  • Data Signature support improvements including having the Validate All button also validate data signatures and having data signature validity participate in the roll-up of document signature status
  • Signature Panel usability improvements including moving signature validity state to top level item under the signature moving the timestamp validity message (if any) to a top level item under the signature and changing Certified section to eliminate &ldquo;Signed by ...&rdquo; tab and promote everything under it to top level under &ldquo;Certified by ...&rdquo;
  • To support forms and documents routing in LiveCycle, including click-through eSignature workflows, the submit button needs to be in the application UI and not in the document.
  • Pencil E-Signatures will typically be used when scanning a paper form to PDF and wanting to put an electronic handwritten signature by using a TabletPC, tablet/stylus or even a regular mouse.

Viewer

  • Changing the version information in the splash screen to display Security update with descriptive user-friendly strings.
  • MGRS & Nat Grid coordinate displays are added to the Geospatial Location Tool, the Find coordinate Location box, geospatial measuring widget and the Preferences.
  • For 9.1, we included in the patch installer geography specific Search/Redact patterns for French, German and Japanese products. We also created additional patterns for UK English and Canada English, but have not install those in 9.1 because we don&rsquo;t have a way to tell which English geography.
  • Roaming Profiles on Windows and Networked Home Directory on Macintosh are not supported configurations for 9.0 or 9.1, however we have made several fixes in 9.1. We are looking at the possibility of supporting this for the next major release. 

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