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Old 12-02-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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Adobe reader for Linux not available anymore?


The Linux version from http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ is not listed any more. How can one install the software in order that docs created in LibreOffice can be exported as PDF?

Is there an alternative program to do the job? I read that Adobe is not supporting Flash player for Linux, hence the Reader is going the same way? Okular can read PDF, but I need to be able to convert documents to PDF for my uni submissions.

Any help to enable creation of PDF would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-02-2014, 09:14 AM   #2
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You can natively export documents to pdf in LibreOffice. Just go to File>Export as PDF.
 
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:41 AM   #3
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unlike in MS world you are not required to invest in a PDF creator to "export to PDF". As kilgoretrout stated OpenOffice.org and its forks will export to PDF natively even their MS versions. In newer versions you can just click the PDF button along the top row.

The only time having Adobe's version of PDF *anything* is a document that is locked to their proprietary fill in the blank files. While other PDF creators do just as good of a job, sadly Adobe, along with so many other proprietary vapor lock providers, disable other readers/creators from properly accessing their files for this type of feature.

For those you can run the appropriate Adobe XYZ viewer/creator in wine for a temp bypass to get around those annoying files.
 
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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Likewise if you prefer a more "techie" approach you can create .pdf files using Latex It takes a while to learn it but once you do, it's loads of fun. If you can't be arsed, then Libreoffice is indeed a piece of cake. You'll find the Export as PDF... entry sitting right in the File menu of LO.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:14 PM   #5
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Wow!! thanks heaps. Great to know that it can be exported natively from LibreOffice. Always thought you need the program to do that.
 
Old 12-02-2014, 11:00 PM   #6
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Wow!! thanks heaps. Great to know that it can be exported natively from LibreOffice. Always thought you need the program to do that.
Not with Linux. And there are other great PDF readers for Linux too, so you won't need Adobe's trash.
 
Old 12-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #7
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Not with Linux. And there are other great PDF readers for Linux too, so you won't need Adobe's trash.
Yes they are great but there aren't any that allow you to fill in forms. With an ever increasing reliance on PDF forms for things like university and government departments this is a problem for Linux users.
 
Old 12-03-2014, 12:37 AM   #8
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Yes they are great but there aren't any that allow you to fill in forms. With an ever increasing reliance on PDF forms for things like university and government departments this is a problem for Linux users.
Yes there are! I can do that with Okular and there are other choices for linux. No need for Adobe's garbage.
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:11 AM   #9
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Yes there are! I can do that with Okular and there are other choices for linux. No need for Adobe's garbage.
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I'll take your word for it but I haven't had Evince or Atril (MATE's fork of Evince) be able to fill out Australian Government PDFs. I will give Okular a go though.
 
Old 12-03-2014, 03:21 AM   #10
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I'll take your word for it but I haven't had Evince or Atril (MATE's fork of Evince) be able to fill out Australian Government PDFs. I will give Okular a go though.
No need but I admire (and share) your skepticism. Here's the evidence.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:29 AM   #11
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No need but I admire (and share) your skepticism. Here's the evidence.
jdk
Thanks for that. You may have just saved me half a days trip into town.
Cheers.
 
Old 12-04-2014, 01:16 AM   #12
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Yes they are great but there aren't any that allow you to fill in forms. With an ever increasing reliance on PDF forms for things like university and government departments this is a problem for Linux users.
Since when could Adobe reader fill in forms? Adobe Acrobat probably could, but I've never heard of Adobe Reader being able to.

You can still install Adobe Reader 9.5 on Linux if your using a Debian-based OS. Adobe just won't be supporting it or offering updates. This is the link for the .deb http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adob...6linux_enu.deb

But I doubt it'll have the functionality your looking for, and I stronly recommending finding a good free Linux program now rather then later (when Adobe won't install because it's so outdated.)
 
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Since when could Adobe reader fill in forms? Adobe Acrobat probably could, but I've never heard of Adobe Reader being able to.
From the Adobe Reader download page "Adobe® Reader® software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.

It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia."
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/
I can't tell you when it started to be able to but the Adobe website indicates it can.

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You can still install Adobe Reader 9.5 on Linux if your using a Debian-based OS. Adobe just won't be supporting it or offering updates. This is the link for the .deb http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adob...6linux_enu.deb
Or you could enable deb-multimedia and install it through Synaptic.

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But I doubt it'll have the functionality your looking for, and I stronly recommending finding a good free Linux program now rather then later (when Adobe won't install because it's so outdated.)
I can only assume you never read the discussion between myself and jdkaye. I never said I use Adobe products, and just for your benefit I don't use Adobe products and haven't for a fair while, what I did say is there were no Linux programs that allowed you to fill in forms on PDFs. Jdkaye was kind enough to point out my lack of knowledge with regard to this in a polite and informative manner (something he has always done). I then said I would give Okular a try.

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Old 12-04-2014, 08:36 AM   #14
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Since when could Adobe reader fill in forms? Adobe Acrobat probably could, but I've never heard of Adobe Reader being able to.

You can still install Adobe Reader 9.5 on Linux if your using a Debian-based OS. Adobe just won't be supporting it or offering updates. This is the link for the .deb http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adob...6linux_enu.deb

But I doubt it'll have the functionality your looking for, and I stronly recommending finding a good free Linux program now rather then later (when Adobe won't install because it's so outdated.)
The ability of Reader to fill out forms depends on the "permissions" built into the form when it is built, presumably with Acrobat. I'm far from being an expert and it's been a while but I still own Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Ext. Forms can also be designed to work with older versions of Reader, pretty much negating, for now, concern about Reader 9.5 for Linux being unable to fill properly built forms. That being said I do wish Adobe hadn't dropped our community.

Edit: You do have a valid point about future installation incompatibility.

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Old 12-04-2014, 11:54 AM   #15
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From the Adobe Reader download page "Adobe® Reader® software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.

It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia."
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/
I can't tell you when it started to be able to but the Adobe website indicates it can.

Or you could enable deb-multimedia and install it through Synaptic.

I can only assume you never read the discussion between myself and jdkaye. I never said I use Adobe products, and just for your benefit I don't use Adobe products and haven't for a fair while, what I did say is there were no Linux programs that allowed you to fill in forms on PDFs. Jdkaye was kind enough to point out my lack of knowledge with regard to this in a polite and informative manner (something he has always done). I then said I would give Okular a try.
I actually did read yalls posts, just thought I'd mention that it is possible to install Adobe Reader on Linux.

I still doubt it has the functionallity to fill in forms, despite what the Adobe website says. The Linux version of a software isn't always made equal to the Windows version. I'm pretty sure that's the case with Adobe Reader. I have actually ran Adobe Reader on Linux myself in the past.

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That being said I do wish Adobe hadn't dropped our community.

Edit: You do have a valid point about future installation incompatibility.
Me too. Especially Flash. :P Though that hasn't become too much of a problem yet.
 
  


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