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The release (a week and half ago) doesn't seem to have been well publicised and the "check for updates" button only seems to look for updates within the current version (8 Etc) and doesn't tell you a higher version is available.

The latest version of Adobe Reader, Version 9 is available for download here 33.5 Mb (don't forget to uncheck the ebay desktop first though (unless you particularly want it))

Reasons to upgrade to Adobe Reader 9

Adobe® Reader® 9 software adds much new functionality, especially relating to collaboration, PDF file creation, security, and an enhanced user experience.

Improved launch speeds

Looking for faster launch speeds? Adobe has enhanced general performance and, in particular, has reduced launch times with Adobe Reader 9. Try it: You'll notice the difference.

PDF Portfolios

Packages, introduced in Adobe Reader 8, have been greatly enhanced and renamed. Portfolios provide easy navigation when you work with multiple PDF documents and other document types. They also enable you to work with a collection of materials such as drawings, e-mail messages, spreadsheets, and videos as a single file, which makes distribution, storage, retrieval, and collaboration easy for end users.

Native Adobe Flash® support

Adobe Reader 9 can natively display rich media content, which you'll notice immediately with Portfolios. Interested in viewing SWF and FLV files? Adobe Reader 9 is the answer.

Acrobat.com (beta)

Included with Adobe Reader 9 is Acrobat.com (beta), an exciting new set of online services from Adobe. With Acrobat.com, you can create PDF files online; create and coauthor documents with others; host live web meetings; upload and share PDF files and other types of documents and control who has access to them; and even embed a rich, interactive preview of your document in a web page. All of these services and more are provided online, so you can access them from anywhere. And you'll find easy access points from within Reader 9. As an added convenience, Acrobat.com leverages Adobe AIRâ„¢, so you can interact with Acrobat.com from your desktop. Acrobat.com on Adobe AIR is a small application that is included with your download of Adobe Reader 9. Available in select languages.

Improved CAD and geospatial functionality

CAD and geospatial functionality have been greatly enhanced in Adobe Reader 9. For instance, CAD designs or geospatial maps that have been converted to PDF offer Adobe Reader users access to CAD features, such as dimensions, or map features, such as longitude and latitude, for powerful collaboration and interaction.

PDF Standards Pane

When a PDF/A or PDF/X standard compliant file is opened, a Standards Pane appears and provides important file details.

Security enhancements

Adobe Reader 9 provides new digital signature functionality for an improved user experience. The new version also adds support for 256-bit AES encryption.

Accessibility enhancements

Adobe Reader 9 significantly improves the viewing of XFA forms for accessibility, while providing greater screen reader support.

Adobe Reader 9 MUI

Adobe Reader 9 MUI is Adobe's Multilingual User Interface version. This product is capable of installing any combination of supported languages. So, for example, you can install French, German, and Spanish simultaneously and then have the capability to switch among those languages within Adobe Reader. The user interface changes to the appropriate language on the fly.

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Just want to mention I've been using Foxit reader for a year now and found it is excellent. Adobe Reader has been major bloatware the last couple versions.

Case in point: even though Reader 9 has been pared down to 30+MB, Foxit is still way slimmer and faster at just 2.5 MB and does most of what you'd want a PDF reader to do.

So this begs the question why does Adobe Reader file size need to be 10x larger? Maybe it's all the things it's doing in the background that you don't need/want it to like the irritating Adobe 6(?) that installed an eBooks folder without asking?

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Just want to mention I've been using Foxit reader for a year now and found it is excellent. Adobe Reader has been major bloatware the last couple versions.

Case in point: even though Reader 9 has been pared down to 30+MB, Foxit is still way slimmer and faster at just 2.5 MB and does most of what you'd want a PDF reader to do.

So this begs the question why does Adobe Reader file size need to be 10x larger? Maybe it's all the things it's doing in the background that you don't need/want it to like the irritating Adobe 6(?) that installed an eBooks folder without asking?

I read about it in eweek and Adobe added online corroboration for version changes, fixed saving webpage to PDF and alot more. but it is VERY fat and ugly as you say

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