Acrobat Reader 8 for Solaris x86

For years people have been complaining about the lack of a modern version of Adobe Reader® on Solaris™ x86. The latest version, 4.05, was released in 2000. Solaris for SPARC has a modern version, but not Solaris x86.

Alternatives exist, such as Evince, which work pretty well, but it has occasional problems for some documents, especially some complex documents.

Transitive Software now has a free download of QuickTransit® for Solaris/x86 with Adobe Reader 8.1.2. It combines their QuickTransit emulator, which runs Solaris SPARC software on Solaris x86, with Adobe Reader 8.1.2 for Solaris SPARC (see the screen shot). It even automaticaly installs a Firefox plugin (pwrapper.nppdf.so) that embeds PDF files in a Firefox window. To download/use:

  • download from https://train.transitive.com/reader
  • unzip with bunzip2 -c QuickTransit_AdobeReader-8.1.2_SU1-r1100.tar.bz2 | tar xvf -
  • install (as root): cd TRNSquickTransit-AdobeReader; ./install.sh
  • (optional) link acroread to transread: ln -s /usr/bin/transread /usr/bin/acroread
  • Run as /usr/bin/transread

The free version of QuickTransit only runs Adobe Acrobat Reader. To run other SPARC software on Solaris x86, you need their paid version. For more info, see the Transitive Press Release on QuickTransit for Solaris/x86 with Adobe Reader.

Update: As of March 2009, Adobe now has a native Acrobat Reader for Solaris x86. It's available from http://www.adobe.com/ and installs in /opt/Adobe/Reader9/bin/acroread

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Comments:

You can also run Acrobat Reader on either Linux or Windows using VirtualBox on OpenSolaris. Myself, I most often use Evince even on platforms that also have Acrobat, because 90%+ of the documents I deal with don't need all the esoteric features that make Acrobat so big and slow.

Posted by Walter Bays on September 10, 2008 at 05:56 AM PDT #

I agree that Acrobat Reader is bloatware, but it works better than Evince. I don't need esoteric features, but I do want it to render PDF documents all the time. I've had problems with Evince with a two page document once, apparently because it had too many columns or pictures or something. I don't notice any performance problems with Acrobat Reader on a Sun Ultra 40 workstation--although if you are on a overloaded SunRay server or old hardware, it could be a problem.

Posted by Daniel Anderson on September 11, 2008 at 10:21 AM PDT #

Thanks for posting this Dan - our University tends to author stuff in Acrobat that can seemingly only be opened/printed correctly with the associated Reader version, so this will be a big help if it works with SunRay Kiosk web browser sessions.

Posted by guest on September 11, 2008 at 05:45 PM PDT #

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