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Unable to change preferences for Adobe Reader 9.4.2 on Ubuntu 11.04

Sep 2, 2011 4:44 AM

I installed Adobe Reader 9 via the Ubuntu Software Center.  The installed files are located at /opt/Adobe/Reader9/


The reader runs ok except when I want to change some preferences, I've found that I can only view Preferences, but I cannot change it.  All options are protected including the Cancel and OK buttons.  I can only close the Preferences window.


Is it just a simple permission (chmod on some files) issue?


Many thanks.

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    Nov 8, 2011 9:58 PM   in reply to woop11.04

    If you have the latest updates, then Acrobat Reader 9.4.2 does (at least) partially work in Ubuntu 11.10 + Unity.


    There are a number of minor glitches - due to changes in Ubuntu's undelying GUI, kernal, etc. in the upgrde to Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric).


    -  floating scroll bars (only appearing when you hover mouse-cursor)

    DOES NOT WORK: Does not scroll page .. 

    You may need to disable this feature.  (in CCSM)


    -  Edit >> Preferences

    This tries to work, but loses focus.  I can see the Cancel and Ok buttons, but they don't do anyhting.

    This is a GTK+ library issue, and an update to 9.4.2+ is needed.



    Summary: There are a number of minor GUI issues that haev existed in 9.4.x for Linux.  The update to Gnome 3 and Unity (for Ubuntu 11.10) has definitely made this much worse.

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    Nov 26, 2011 10:19 PM   in reply to woop11.04

    I just found that you can, in fact, make changes to the Preferences using the keyboard. Use <tab> to move between selections, <spacebar> to select or unselect checkbox options, and <arrow> keys in spinners. To finalize, select the OK button using the <tab> key and press <enter>. It appears you have to pres the key a few times, or maybe there is a delay and I was too impatient.


    Hope this helps.

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