That’s sarcasm in the title before you get too excited and think that Adobe did something revolutionary with the new Reader. I have spent a lot of time preparing a great article for tomorrow morning so my brain is starting to wither away to nothing (just to warn you before reading this article) ;)

Anyhow, back on topic. The new version 8 is sure to please any Adobe Reader enthusiast out there (are there any of those people?). Here are some of the things that you can do with this version:

  • Maximized work area – View PDFs in a new visual design for the work area, navigation pane, and toolbars. User interface elements have been removed to maximize space.
  • Customizable toolbars – Easily hide or show individual tools by right-clicking/Control-clicking a toolbar, or use the More Tools dialog box to customize all your toolbars.
  • Shared reviews – Participate in a shared review. Comments are stored on a central server, allowing all participants to see comments in real time.
  • Commenting and markup enhancements – View and accurately place callout and cloud markups as you apply them. The callout leader automatically moves as you position the callout. Selected comments are highlighted for easier visibility when zoomed out. Rotate stamps, and select all tools from a single, integrated toolbar.
  • Booklet printing – Print pages as a simple booklet, for example, 2-up, saddle-stitched.
  • 2D Measurement tool enhancements – Measurement recalculated if start or end point moved. Measurements snap to lines, intersections, or corners.

That’s about everything from their What’s New page that seems halfway noteworthy. Honestly, they still have a long ways to go to match what Foxit Reader offers. I’m not sure why they keep throwing more and more features into Adobe Reader when all it does is make it slower. If they are going to implement things that most people will never use, and never understand, then they should at least provide options to disable those features. The only thing that Adobe Reader does right is make it possible to open PDF’s from within a browser. Heck, I don’t even like that feature though because it seems like my browser crashes most of the time when using it. Oh well…there is always version 9 right? ;)