Download Adobe Reader: Where and How
Adobe Reader software is one of the most popular free downloads for both Windows and Mac computers.
The software allows users to reliably view, print and comment on Portable Document Format (PDF) files. PDFs are used to capture and review information from almost any application on any computer system and share it with virtually anyone, anywhere. The current version of the software, Adobe Reader X, is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia. The software also has built-in security tools to protect users from corrupt PDF files.
Where to Download Adobe Reader
The most trusted place to download the free software is straight from Adobe. Once on the Adobe reader download page, users can identify their language, operating system and connection speed. The software then downloads and installs automatically on the system.
Downloading Adobe Reader
The software is readily available for both Windows and Mac computers, but the computer must meet certain requirements in order to download the software.
Windows computers must have at least an Intel 1.3 GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 260MB of available hard disk space and use Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or 8 or Firefox 3.5 or 3.6. The computer also must use either Microsoft Windows XP Home, Professional or Tablet PC Edition operating systems. The software also works on numerous other Windows operating systems, including Windows Server 2003 and 2008 and Windows Vista.
Mac computers must be using the Snow Leopard, Lion or the new Mountain Lion operating systems and have at least 512MB of RAM and 415MB of available hard disk space. It also requires Apple Safari 4 or 5.
Users with high-speed Internet access can download and install Adobe Reader X in less than five minutes.
Since the software is free, it can be found at a host of locations. As is always the case, users should be sure the website they're using for the download is safe from viruses, spyware and other malware. Users can check that status by visiting McAfee's SiteAdvisor and plugging in various websites to determine whether they've been tested and have any known problems.