Adobe Acrobat adds Vista flexibility, remote printing

Support for Acrobat and Reader has arrived for Microsoft Vista and Office 2007.

With Acrobat 8.1 installed, a new tab appears in Word 2007.
With Acrobat 8.1 installed, a new tab appears in Word 2007.

Adobe Acrobat 8, which shipped two months before the January release of Windows Vista, can now run on Vista and Citrix 64-bit systems. Acrobat and Reader version 8.1 enhancements will download with Adobe update notifications and can be found at Adobe's Web site.

There's also new integration with Microsoft Office 2007, such as the capability to create a PDF file by right-clicking the mouse from within supported applications. Microsoft Outlook 2007 can now preview multipage PDF files within e-mail messages, just as it already displays Office documents. And Mac users will be able to view Flash movies within Adobe Acrobat and Reader 8.1 instead of using QuickTime.

In addition, a "Send to FedEx Kinko's" button for remote printing is being added to Acrobat Reader 8.1 this month. This feature would allow, say, a business traveler en route from the airport to a client meeting to send a PDF file to Kinko's while waiting at baggage claim, and then pick up the printed pages at the shop nearest the destination.

The file menu in Reader 8.1 has a Kinko's printing option.
The file menu in Reader 8.1 has a Kinko's printing option.

Hopefully Adobe's updates will fix some bugs and make the software run more smoothly. Acrobat Reader may display some lovely looking documents, but opening the program can still be a clunky and intrusive interruption to Web surfing.

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