From top of my head,
Opening in an older version then 9, Acrobat/Reader will prompt the user that this pdf is from 9 and to get all benefits to download reader 9. However this can be ignored.
In version 8 as you rightly say the pdf will then open as a package.
In older versions the PDF will open on the main page and the other pdf files will be display as file attachment comments.
When you open a PDF Portfolio in Acrobat 7 or Reader 7, you'll only see the first file. Other files will appear as Attachments in the Attachments panel (I believe attachments were introduced in Acrobat/Reader 7). Earlier versions of these apps will only show the first document. In all cases, you'll be advised to download the FREE Adobe Reader 9 to see the PDF Portfolio the way it's supposed to be viewed.
You be surprised especially on the PC side how many people have Reader 5 on their computers.
When I was more active in my association I use to use a a lot of pdf's. and people would complain especially the PC people they couldn't read the PDF. turns out they have Reader 5. so even though I now have Acrobat 9 and reader 9. I still I save my PDF's in Acrobat 5 format that I upload on the internet. I've asked why they don't update and they've always said that they tried the later updates to Reader or acrobat and found they gave them trouble.
>I think people should be encouraged to download the FREE current version of Reader which works correctly.
If I'm sending a PDF to a freelancer or employee, no problem. If I'm sending it to anyone else, I can't expect them to want to install software just to open the PDF and make sense of it. Huge roadblock. The intrusive cover sheet (BEST VIEWED IN ACRO/READER 9 ...UPDATE NOW) is horrible.
Worse, I noticed that installing Reader 8 was a straightforward, simple process, while installing Reader 9 required me to enter my admin name and password. I was logged in as an admin account in both instances. This tells me that Adobe added more security to Reader 9 (perhaps because of the Flash support). Which means a significant percentage of the people I send a portfolio to would have to get their IT manager involved if they obey the cover sheet.
I did learn how to replace the intrusive cover sheet, so I might try that tack in the future.
I have a related problem with portfolios where opening the portfolio directly by clicking the file name opens in the Home view. If I open that same portfolio via a link from a different pdf document, I get that terrible cover screen of needing AR 9 (which is installed on my machine). How did you replace the screen? Better yet, how can I get rid of it?
Hi Richard, Anne-Marie,
You've probably worked out how to replace the rather loud and bullish 'Upgrade to 9 ...' screen in an Acro9 Portfolio opened in Acrobat 7 Reader. I think Anne-Marie certainly has.
I'm using Acro 9 (trial version currently) and I think most of my users have Reader 7 but, as with Anne-Marie, I certainly would not want to make them feel they have to upgrade just to access my docs.
For anyone interested, this is how I've worked it out so far:
1. Create an alternative cover page and PDF it.
- Note where you've put it.
2. In Acrobat 9, open your portfolio.
3. On the View menu, select Portfolio and then choose Cover Page.
4. On the vertical Icon bar (left column, 3 buttons on my set up), click Pages icon(topmost).
5. Right click the thumbnail of the page to be replaced and select Replace pages.
6. Select the page you created at step 1 above and click Select.
7. To go ahead, select OK and then, Yes.
8. On the File menu, select Save Portfolio.
9. Close Acro9 and open up the portfolio in reader 7.
All the best, regards
Old thread, but this link may still be helpful to others;
Basically, you need Reader 9 to see the pretty Flash stuff, Reader 8 will see a 'package' and Reader 6-7 will see attachments.
There's a good tip on that page about customising the warning page that Reader 8 users will see, and how to set a new default for future portfolios.