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Updated: Security Updates available for Adobe Reader 8 and Acrobat 8

Posted by 23 Mar, 2009

This current security update can also be found at www.adobe.com As a followup to last weeks security update Acrobat 9 Adobe has just released the updates for Adobe Acrobat 8 and Acrobat 7 to fix critical vulnerabilities. These updates resolve the issue from Security Advisory APSA09-01 and Security Bulletin APSB09-03. Users who have previously updated […]

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This current security update can also be found at www.adobe.com

As a followup to last weeks security update Acrobat 9 Adobe has just released the updates for Adobe Acrobat 8 and Acrobat 7 to fix critical vulnerabilities. These updates resolve the issue from Security Advisory APSA09-01 and Security Bulletin APSB09-03.

Users who have previously updated to Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 for Windows and Macintosh need not take any action. Adobe now plans to make available Adobe Reader 9.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1.4 for Unix by March 24th.

If you or any of your customers have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Adobe Reader
Adobe recommends Adobe Reader users update to Adobe Reader 9.1 available here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Users with Adobe Reader 7.0 through 8.1.3 who can’t update to Adobe Reader 9.1 should update to Adobe Reader 8.1.4 or Adobe Reader 7.1.1 available from one of the following links:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh

Acrobat 8
Adobe recommends Acrobat 8 users on Windows update to Acrobat 8.1.4 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

Adobe recommends Acrobat 8 users on Macintosh update to Acrobat 8.1.4 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh

Adobe recommends Acrobat 3D Version 8 users on Windows update to Acrobat 3D Version 8.1.4 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=112&platform=Windows

Acrobat 7
Adobe recommends Acrobat 7 users on Windows update to Acrobat 7.1.1 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

Adobe recommends Acrobat 7 users on Macintosh update to Acrobat 7.1.1 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh

Adobe recommends Acrobat 3D Version 7 users on Windows update to Acrobat 3D Version 7.1.1 available here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=112&platform=Windows

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Using Acrobat for Full Screen Presentations

Posted by 20 Jan, 2009

Did you know that in Acrobat you can set your PDF presentation to work & open in full screen mode? Full screen mode offers you many different viewing options when you want to show your presentation. How to set your Acrobat PDF to work in full screen: Go to the View command and drop down […]

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Did you know that in Acrobat you can set your PDF presentation to work & open in full screen mode? Full screen mode offers you many different viewing options when you want to show your presentation.

How to set your Acrobat PDF to work in full screen:
Go to the View command and drop down to Full Screen Mode or use the shortcut key (Ctrl L) for Win or (Ctrl K) Mac.

To set your Full Screen preferences:
Choose Edit > Preferences shortcut key (Ctrl K)  Acrobat > Preferences (Mac) (Ctrl K)

Preference choices include:
Full Screen Setup/Setting up Full Screen Navigation bar/Full Screen Appearance/Full Screen Transactions/Setting Escape Key exists.

Full Screen viewing also supports file linking with link & button actions.

Your Full Screen online presentations can be delivered through email, Acrobat ConnectNow & Adobe ConnectPro.

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Posted by 24 Jun, 2008
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Stories & Blogs featuring Acrobat 9.

Posted by 3 Jun, 2008

Adobe Systems on June 2 introduced Adobe Acrobat 9 software, an upgrade to its popular document management technology that will transform the process of creating and sharing electronic documents. Featured below are links to Acrobat 9 stories & blogs touting the new features. Click on the story titles to read the stories. Adobe delivers Acrobat […]

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Featured below are links to Acrobat 9 stories & blogs touting the new features. Click on the story titles to read the stories.

Adobe delivers Acrobat 9.

Adobe flaunts Macromedia tech in new Acrobat

Adobe CS3 gets Adobe Acrobat 9 bump.

Adobe adds Flash to Acrobat software. 

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Posted by 3 Jun, 2008
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Adobe Releases Three New Public Betas

Posted by 27 May, 2008

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today gave a sneak peek at three applications from the next release of Adobe Creative Suite, its award-winning collection of graphic design, Web development and video editing applications. The company released public beta of new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Soundbooth as free downloads on Adobe labs. Once […]

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Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today gave a sneak peek at three applications from the next release of Adobe Creative Suite, its award-winning collection of graphic design, Web development and video editing applications. The company released public beta of new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Soundbooth as free downloads on Adobe labs. Once downloaded and launched, the betas will be active for 48 hours after which time only Creative Suite 3 customers will have an extended ability to use the betas until the next release of Creative Suite becomes available.

To read the complete story click here.

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Posted by 17 May, 2008
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GoLive news

Posted by 13 May, 2008

Here is a blurb sent out from Adobe HQ to make everyone aware of the status of Adobe GoLive. Please take note that Adobe has discontinued development and sales of Adobe® GoLive® web authoring software. This decision — effective April 28, 2008 — was made so we can focus our development efforts and sales resources […]

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Here is a blurb sent out from Adobe HQ to make everyone aware of the status of Adobe GoLive.

Please take note that Adobe has discontinued development and sales of Adobe® GoLive® web authoring software. This decision — effective April 28, 2008 — was made so we can focus our development efforts and sales resources on Adobe Dreamweaver® software, our web design and development application.

Dreamweaver plays a pivotal role in the web and cross-media workflows supported by Adobe Creative Suite®, as well as in Adobe’s platform for Rich Internet Applications, including Adobe Flex® and Adobe AIR™. Concentrating on Dreamweaver will enable us to better serve the needs of customers who want to create engaging websites and applications.

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Adobe Vulnerabilities Found In Acrobat, Reader

Posted by 9 May, 2008

This blog post was pulled from the ChannelWeb site (ref) http://www.crn.com/security/207600672 Thanks to Steve Carlisle for the article tip. ***The Fix*** To ensure protection from unwanted exploits, security experts recommend that users update to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe Reader as soon as possible. The link to the Adobe patch page: […]

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This blog post was pulled from the ChannelWeb site (ref) http://www.crn.com/security/207600672 Thanks to Steve Carlisle for the article tip.

***The Fix*** To ensure protection from unwanted exploits, security experts recommend that users update to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe Reader as soon as possible.

The link to the Adobe patch page: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/new.jsp

The article in it’s entirety….

Adobe (NSDQ:ADBE) Acrobat and Adobe Reader users will likely be updating their systems after the company issued a patch for critical vulnerabilities in the two applications that could lead to remote code execution. Adobe, which issued the patch Tuesday, said that the company was making good on a promise to repair the two known vulnerabilities that were first detected in February. The company said that the security advisory alerting users to the errors, provided a timeline and workaround for versions 7 of both Acrobat and Reader. At that time, the company committed to providing updates for the products by the end of May.

Specifically, the two vulnerabilities, which were first detected in February by researchers at Fortinet, can be found in the Javascript API, a programming interface supplied by Adobe, security experts say.

“It’s meant as an interactive way of communicating with PDF files,” said Derek Manky, security researcher for Fortiguard Global Security Team. “Unfortunately, it could be used for bad purposes.”

The first vulnerability incorporates an exploitable memory corruption error, which could potentially enable attackers to execute arbitrary code on the affected system. Meanwhile, the second vulnerability results from a privilege escalation issue, which could allow an attacker to bypass security measures and remotely access restricted functions.

“Any time you have remote code execution, it’s a pretty threatening vulnerability. It can emerge as a critical risk,” Manky added.

So far, the flaws have not been exploited in the wild. If exploited, the vulnerabilities could lead to a remote attack in which the criminal could install a malicious payload or force the user to download Trojans and other malware.

“The system could be completely compromised,” said Manky. “As soon as they have control, anything is possible.”

While researchers are unable to determine the exact number of potentially affected users, the high profile of the Adobe Acrobat and Reader applications have a high number of users around the world, experts said.

Adobe released a patch yesterday addressing the errors, which can be downloaded from the company’s Web site.

To ensure protection from unwanted exploits, security experts recommend that users update to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe Reader as soon as possible.

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Acrobat Product Comparison Sheet.

Posted by 27 Mar, 2008

Acrobat 8 features Reader Standard Pro 3D View, print, and search Adobe PDF files yes yes yes yes Create PDF documents from any application that prints, including one-button creation from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint no yes yes yes Apply restrictions on printing, copying, and altering PDF documents no yes yes yes Combine files from […]

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Acrobat 8 features Reader Standard Pro 3D
View, print, and search Adobe PDF files yes yes yes yes
Create PDF documents from any application that prints, including one-button creation from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint no yes yes yes
Apply restrictions on printing, copying, and altering PDF documents no yes yes yes
Combine files from multiple applications into a single PDF document no yes yes yes
Use familiar commenting tools including sticky notes, highlighter, lines, shapes, and stamps no yes yes yes
Compile comments from all reviewers into a single PDF document and sort, filter, and print as needed for easy reconciliation no yes yes yes
Scan paper documents into PDF and automatically recognize text with optical character recognition (OCR) no yes yes yes
Complete tasks more quickly with a streamlined user interface, new customizable toolbars, and a “Getting Started” page to visually direct you to commonly used features no yes yes yes
Create PDF documents with one-button ease from AutoCAD®, Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft Project (Windows® only) no no yes yes
Create fillable PDF forms from scanned paper, existing PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, or Excel spreadsheets no no yes yes
Enable Adobe Reader† users to participate in reviews with complete commenting and markup tools, including sticky notes, highlighter, lines, shapes, and stamps no no yes yes
Enable Adobe Reader† users to digitally sign PDF documents no no yes yes
Convert 3D designs from virtually any CAD file to highly compressed PDF documents for use by extended teams without expensive CAD or viewer software no no no yes
Export precise geometry from PDF files into neutral file formats such as STEP or IGES for downstream use in CAD, CAM, and CAE applications no no no yes
Create rich, interactive documents with 3D content: Clean up CAD designs, add materials, create exploded views, edit lighting, and save as 3D objects or 2D raster/vector images no no no yes
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