The free Adobe Acrobat reader is one of the most popular programs around. Almost everyone seems to have downloaded it and installed it so that they can read PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Now Adobe has released a new version.
First of all, version 7.0 is now called Adobe Reader, replacing the earlier term Acrobat, which is no longer used.
Next, I looked through the newly-added features. With one exception, I did not see much that would be of interest to a single user on a single computer at home. There are several new features that will be of interest to corporate users in a workgroup environment where documents are shared.
The one exception is speed: When used inside a web browser, version 7.0 loads much more quickly than any of the earlier versions. That is obviously useful to everyone.
Adobe Reader version 7.0 is available now for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Palm, PocketPC, Symbian, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX and even OS/2. The Linux version is listed as being a beta test. All the other operating systems are fully supported with version 7.0.
You can download the free Adobe Reader at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html