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PDF Portfolio bug with acroread 9.4.2 Linux update

Mar 23, 2011 7:25 PM

Since updating adobe reader on Linux to 9.4.2, when I open a PDF portfolio created with Acrobat for Windows 9.4.2, the initial page is completely blank. It should show a thumbnail of the first page of each file in the portfolio, and this initial page still displays correctly when the portfolio is opened in the 9.4.2 Reader for Windows. I have two separate Linux machines, one running Ubuntu x84 and the other running Ubuntu amd64, and they both have the problem.


Versions prior to 9.4.2 did not have this problem.


A small PDF portfolio that shows the problem is at Initial page displays fine on Windows, doesn't on Linux.

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    Mar 24, 2011 5:09 AM   in reply to n_payne

    The problem you're seeing is related to the decision to disable FlashPlayer within

    Linux AR9.4.2, as noted in my recent message regarding /RichMedia annotations.

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    Apr 6, 2011 6:30 PM   in reply to n_payne

    That's a complete PITA, then. Our local government, for example, commonly

    puts up PDF portfolios on their web site which consist of scans of

    multiple written responses to planning submissions bundled together into a

    PDF portfolio. Without the thumbnails of each contained PDF in the

    portfolio, it is impossible read anything other than the first PDF in the

    portfolio. Have a look for example, at ubmissions_1-20_1.37MB.pdf.

    All submissions in this portfolio can be accessed without any problem

    using Reader 9.4.3 for Windows, but with Reader 9.4.3 for Linux, only the

    first submission in the document can be accessed.

    There is no AR9.4.3 for Linux: do you mean AR9.4.2?

    Anyhow my recommendation under Linux would be to stick with AR9.3.4.

    I've just checked at my end and it has no problem with your

    sample portfolio.



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    Apr 7, 2011 5:24 AM   in reply to n_payne

    Thanks. I dug around and eventually found and downloaded a 64-bit Ubuntu

    deb package for AR 9.4, and after uninstalling 9.4.2 and installing 9.4

    I'm back to the former satisfactory behaviour.


    Be advised that the JavaScript/ActionScript bridge is broken in AR9.4 .

    Therefore for some PDF porfolios you will need to drop back to AR9.3.4,

    which you can grab from:




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