Adobe Systems has released an update to its popular, freely available document reader software. The newly renamed “Adobe Reader 7.0” now allows users to collaborate on projects and provides additional file security at the server level. And unlike version 6, the latest release supports Linux.
Enterprises that desire greater flexibility—including the ability to view, change, copy, print, forward a PDF document via e-mail, and authenticate files—can opt for the $50,000 “LifeCycle Policy Server,” which runs on Red Hat Linux, Sun Solaris, Windows and other operating systems.
The package also allows users to jointly participate in document reviews, includes search tools based on Yahoos toolbar, and enables the manipulation of 3-D objects in PDF files. It will support Novells SuSE Linux by mid-2005.
Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux is available as a prerelease through Adobes beta program, and supports a variety of Linux desktops. The “Professional” version of Acrobat 7.0 is priced from $449.
Registered users of previous versions of Acrobat can upgrade to Acrobat 7.0 Professional for $159. The standard version is priced at $299, and upgrades are available from $99.