7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2008 7:54 PM by MichaelKazlow

    Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x

    Level 1
      I would like to make the move to the new Reader.
      Buying Acrobat 9 may some time because of the budget.

      Would the new Reader coexist with Acrobat Pro 8.1.2 or would it do any
      harm because of the mixture of versions???

      TIA
      Rainald
        • 1. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
          MichaelKazlow MVP & Adobe Community Professional
          Rainald,

          You can install Reader 9 on top of Acrobat Pro 8.1.2, but it is not
          recommended.

          Mike
          • 2. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
            Level 1
            Mike,
            > You can install Reader 9 on top of Acrobat Pro 8.1.2, but it is not
            > recommended.

            Thanks for the warning.
            Are there any "Known Problems" with this combination or is just the
            standard warning on not to mix versions?

            Rainald
            • 3. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
              MichaelKazlow MVP & Adobe Community Professional
              There are problems with which program will be called on to use when
              using a browser. There can be installation/de-installation issues. Since
              it is Reader and Acrobat, you shouldn't have the issues some people have
              with the MS Office plug-ins.

              Mike
              • 4. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
                Level 1
                Mike,
                thanks for staying with me.

                > There are problems with which program will be called on to use when
                > using a browser.

                I can easily imagine that :-(
                There are serious problems even with the Reader and Acrobat on the same
                version level 8.x - under Vista as well as under XP.
                As I want to load the Reader when opening mail attachments (WinMail) on
                my Vista machines I had assigned the Reader as the standard application
                to be launched. I took me weeks and only with the aid of an MVP and
                several iterations I was able to fix the registry entries.
                AFAICS the Adobe Reader and Acrobat install routines create serious
                mistakes in the relevant registry areas.

                > There can be installation/de-installation issues.

                ACK.

                > Since it is Reader and Acrobat, you shouldn't have the issues some
                > people have with the MS Office plug-ins.


                What do you mean by the latter?
                • 5. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
                  MichaelKazlow MVP & Adobe Community Professional
                  When you have two different versions of Acrobat installed, both versions
                  want to install their office plug-ins for created pdfs from the office
                  applications. If it is Reader and Acrobat only Acrobat has a plug-in for
                  office.

                  Mike
                  • 6. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
                    Level 1
                    > When you have two different versions of Acrobat installed, both
                    > versions want to install their office plug-ins for created pdfs
                    > from the office applications. If it is Reader and Acrobat only
                    > Acrobat has a plug-in for office.

                    Thanks, Mike, understood.
                    Still:

                    In the meantime I managed to find an updated version of Adobe's TechNote
                    "Acrobat product interoperability"
                    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=333223&sliceId=2

                    Having read it several times the situation to me seems clear as mud.

                    The table shows that the Reader 9 would be *allowed* in combination
                    with any version of Acrobat > 6.

                    OTH the document says:
                    "... Acrobat and Adobe Reader have numerous components
                    that have similar functionality and can cause conflicts
                    on a machine. The most prevalent among these conflicts
                    involves the plug-ins for rendering PDF files in the
                    browser, PDFMaker inside of Office Applications, and
                    the Adobe PDF printer ..."

                    and as examples mentions:
                    " ... Acrobat 8 with Adobe Reader 9 or
                    Acrobat 7 with Adobe Reader 8 ..."

                    Rainald
                    • 7. Re: Reader 9.0 and Acerobat 8.x
                      MichaelKazlow MVP & Adobe Community Professional
                      Allowed is not the same as supported. I believe that there are fewer
                      problems with Reader 9 coinciding with some earlier versions of Acrobat.
                      Adobe cannot overcome all the problems that arise from doing so since
                      they are Windows issues more than Acrobat/Reader ones.

                      Mike