Adobe Systems Inc. has unveiled Adobe Reader 7.0 for the Linux operating system, citing the rate of Linux adoption as a major factor in putting support back into the Reader.
Reader 7.0 is free, universal client software that gives users the ability to view and navigate Adobe PDF files across operating systems, hardware and mobile device platforms.
Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux is expected to be available for download Tuesday at the Reader download site.
When combined with Adobe LiveCycle server software, the Reader for Linux gives users better capability to access and use content across multiple platforms, the company has said.
Security features have also been built into the Reader, a major new element, according to Patrice Lagrange, Adobes director for Linux market development and strategy.
"We knew we needed to bring up the capabilities of the Linux Reader, so we focused on interoperability and security," Lagrange said. "It was crucial that Linux users could comfortably work across platforms and not worry about security threats while doing it."