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Here is the list of changes and bugs I found in AR8.1.1 and ways to fix them (bugs of course :-) ):
(this is how I fixed these bugs, you may find better ways to fix them)
The most important fix since AR 7.0.9 is that now AR8 works with new Linux
distributions which use recent GTK 2.0 libraries. It is known fact that when
recent GTK 2.0 library was present loading of AR 7.0.9 failed with endless
loop of messages: "expr: syntax error" on console window and serious CPU
usage hit silently slowing down computer reactions. Now this is fixed.
New feature added: Now AR8 scans font pathes inside X config files and adds
found fonts to its own internal font cache so system wide fonts are used for
pdf pages rendering in addition to default built-in AR8 package fonts. If
user will copy font files from Windows/fonts directory to X font locations
the pdf files outlook in AR8 is identical to the one on Windows.
When someone uses tar.bz2 or tar.gz installer it will ask for installation
directory and will show default [ /opt] directory. Do not press enter here!
If you do this a ?[3~ junk directory will be created in current directory. To
overcome this manually type /opt or other location.
Another bug is blank grey window on first run of AR8. Just close it with X and
provide path to libgtkembedmoz folder. This library is a part of mozilla web
browser so it can be found in any mozilla program directory:
or other locations where mozilla software is installed.
Just run AR8, go to Edit->Preferences->Categories->Internet->Select Browser,
and fill in libgtkembedmoz Folder path with one of these locations or find
correct one for your system.
The last bug is AR8 only creates desktop icons on root account.
AR8 can be run without icon. Just run /usr/bin/acroread
Thanks a lot for the early feedback, we have taken a note of your comments.
The issue with libGtkEmbedmoz is known to us and is mentioned in the readMe.htm as well(/opt/Adobe/Reader8/Reader/help/ENU/ReadMe.htm).
For our investigation could you please let us know the distribution on which you faced this problem.
We were not able to reproduce the problem you faced with /opt. Could you please let us know the shell you were using and whether you were installing as root, normal user or sudo. If it's not much of a problem, could you please try installing it again?
Desktop icons are only created for the user installing the reader. So if you install the reader as Root, the icon will be placed on Root's desktop
unfortunately the shell functionality is worse than it was on 7.09:
acroread -toPostScript -shrink -expand -size a4 < ./07-183280.pdf
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
cat ./07-183280.pdf |acroread -toPostScript -shrink -expand -size a4
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
acroread -toPostScript -shrink -expand -size a4 ./07-183280.pdf
root@nudelkiste:/var/tmp# acroread -v
So to do one line like
cat file.pdf | acroread -toPostScript |lp
The functionality with -shrink or -expand is not working, too. Both options have really no effekt!
Acroread does not read PDF content from an input stream. However the PS generated by the -toPostScript command can be piped. The PS content is dumped to stdout if "-" is specified as the output filename.
acroread -toPostScript -pairs ./07-183280.pdf - | lp
Please see acroread -help for details.
I've found another bug. The issue probably comes out on TwinView screens (Xinerama), that is one desktop streched to multiple screens. I have two screens, 1600x1200 each. When I open a PDF file I get something like this: http://hq.cyberdeck.pl/1.png (note that zoom is set to "Fit width" and the window is maximized). When I chage the zoom to "Fit page" I get: http://hq.cyberdeck.pl/2.png (this is viewed on right screen, so there's no other screen to the right). After switching to non-maximized window everything is OK, but maximizing it again results in: http://hq.cyberdeck.pl/3.png (note that GUI interface hasn't change it's size). There wasn't such problems in version 7 of the Reader.
The screenshots really help in identifying the problem. 3.png seems to be the bug. I'm surprised you say that this used to work in 7.x, 'cos I believe the UI was broken for dual monitors in 7.x.
We'll get this logged as a bug and to ensure that you can see the fix in perhaps a later release, please send us your email-id. You could write to the Program Manager - Anupam Garg - agarg at adobe dot com
>The issue with libGtkEmbedmoz is known to us and is mentioned in the >readMe.htm as well(/opt/Adobe/Reader8/Reader/help/ENU/ReadMe.htm).
>For our investigation could you please let us know the distribution >on which you faced this problem.
Lunar-Linux.org I use official AR8 from tar.bz2 archive. Just unpacked it and used ./INSTALL
>We were not able to reproduce the problem you faced with /opt. Could >you please let us know the shell you were using and whether you were >installing as root, normal user or sudo. If it's not much of a >problem, >could you please try installing it again?
bash-3.1, root user. I can not reproduce it anymore.
>Desktop icons are only created for the user installing the reader. So >if you install the reader as Root, the icon will be placed on Root's >desktop.
Not comfortable but I understand.
hi. the adobe rpm installer is not able to make links to system libraries libbonobo-2.so, etc on my system. 2ndly it doesnt work properly from /opt directory on my system. if u use the tar installer it works k doesnt give much of probs nywhere i install it either in /opt or /usr/lib. 3rdly i wanted to edit dat spec so it can automatically install browser plugins & start menu links for all users.
it would be great if u give me a link where i can find the spec to convert tar to rpm.
I am also disappointed that you haven't seen fit to release a version for Solaris x86. This should be fairly trivial for you to do. By not doing so you alienate the entire OpenSolaris community who predominately work Solaris x86.
If I choose to run Solaris x86 on a notebook type machine I have no choice but use other viewers to read Adobe PDF's. These are all inherently inferior to your reader.
Please port it.
We use Sunrays (powered by x86 Soalris 10)with Firefox browsers for a lot of our Student commons areas for web browsing. It would be very nice if we could have the x86 version so we could add that to our service. A lot of our student content is distributed as PDFs from our Learning management systems.
Could you please elaborate on the exact issue you are facing? From the error message you have posted it seems you do not have the required version of GTK+ UI Toolkit.
Please refer the System Requirements page at http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/productinfo/systemreqs/#80linux and also the Adobe Reader faqs at http://blogs.adobe.com/acroread/2007/09/adobe_reader_811_faqs.html for more information.
I have the toolkit because when I use mozilla browser the pdf opens properly but when I use Netscape 7 on same system it gives me this pop up window I don;t think anything regarding netscape is mentioned in the FAQs.
OS is sun OS 5.9 on Sparc
Browser Netscape 7
Mozilla does not give any error.
Good morning everyone,
I am a new person to using Solaris 10. I recently installed this on a Sun Blade 150. I was surprised that when I used a web browser to view a PDF document that an error message would tell me that I needed to install version 8. I tried to do that, but there was no guide provided with the download on how to do this. The result is that I have it installed, but it doesn't work. Due to a small hard drive, I have been uninstalling other programs (NetBeans, Open Offcie, and so on). Now the old Adobe reader does not work. All that I can guess is that the various uninstall programs took out something--I had that happen when ncurses went away. Any suggestions?
> I was surprised that when I used a web browser to view a PDF document that an error message would tell me that I needed to install version 8.
Seems likely that this is something that the web site is doing itself,
and getting wrong (which is fairly typical). Do you have a URL for the