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Updated Aug 07, 2014.

Overview

FAQ Answer
Cost? Free
Why update? Security and improved functionality.
How long does it take? A few minutes at most.
How often are updates released? Adobe releases updates a few times a year.
How do I change update settings? Go to Preferences > Updater > Check for updates.
How do I update manually? Go to Help > Check for updates, and install the updates.

How to update

End user updates

End users typically get the latest product version by doing one of the following:

  • Updating the product manually by choosing Help > Check for Updates (Win and Mac only).
  • Letting the product update itself when an update is detected if the application is configured to do so (Windows only).
  • Downloading the full Adobe Reader installers from the Reader Download Center at http://get.adobe.com/reader.

Enterprise updates

Administrators and IT typically manage software installations in enterprise settings as follows:

  • Download the enterprise installers from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/ or refer to the specific release note version you need for links to installers.
  • Installing updates via your preferred methodology such as AIP-GPO, bootstrapper, SCUP/SCCM (Windows), or on Macintosh, Apple Remote Desktop and SSH.

Update order

For complete details, see the Enterprise Administration Guide.

Windows

Unlike 9.x, 10.x and later update and patch installers are now cumulative as follows:

  • Planned updates are always cumulative to the last MSI. For Acrobat, that’s 10.0 or 11.0. For Reader, the last MSI can be identified by any version where the second dot increments such as 10.1.0 or 11.1.0.
  • Out of cycle updates are cumulative to the last planned update.

Note

Very few Reader updates will ever be an MSI (10.0 and 10.1). This change means two things: 1) It never takes more than two updates over the base release or last MSI to get to the latest version and 2). For AIP installations on Windows, The application of a planned update over an existing (non 10.0.0) AIP installation is not supported.

Macintosh

Unlike 8.x and 9.x, 10.x update and patch installers are now cumulative as follows:

  • Macintosh quarterlies are always cumulative to the base release and you can install the latest version over any previous version.
  • Out of cycle updates are cumulative to the last planned update.

Definition of release types

Adobe defines each release type as follows:

  • Major release: A major release associated with an incremented first number (e.g. 9 or 10) and an approximate 18 month product cycle. These are only available as separate purchases or upgrades.
  • Planned update: A scheduled update that includes functional improvements, new security updates, and previously released out of cycle update updates. For 9.x and later, these updates are often quarterly; however, security improvements have sometimes resulted in longer times between updates.
  • Out of cycle update: An unscheduled update targeted at security fixes. These contain few functional updates with the intention to limit impact. The installers are cumulative to the last planned update.

Note

Both planned and out-of-cycle updates provide security enhancements and fixes. Adobe recommends that all updates and patches be applied when available.

System requirement changes

11.x

Major releases support the base system requirements and languages described in the following:

The table below describes the changes to the base requirements which appear in dot releases.

Change history since 11.0
Version Changes to base system requirements
11.0.01

Added support for:

  • Safari 5.1 for Mac OS X v10.6.4-10.6.8
  • Safari 6.0.2 for Mac OS X v10.8.2
  • Added support for IE 10
11.0.02 None.
11.0.03

Added support for:

  • Safari 5.1 for Mac OS X 10.7.2; Safari 5.2 for Mac OS X v10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.7.2 and 10.8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Support for SharePoint 2013
11.0.04

Added support for:

  • Windows 8.1
  • Mac OSX 10.9
  • Safari 7.0 for OSX 10.9
11.0.05 None.
11.0.06 Added support for IE 11
11.0.07

Added support:

  • Windows 8.1 Update 1
  • Macintosh 10.9.2

10.x

The 10.0 base release supports the base system requirements and languages described in the following:

The table below describes the changes to the base requirements which appear in dot releases.

Change history since 10.0

Version Changes to base system requirements
10.0.1 None.
10.0.2 None.
10.0.3 None.
10.1

Added support for:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 7 SP1 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Viewing PDFs in Firefox 4 on Windows (not Mac)
  • Web Capture with Firefox 4 and IE 9 on Win and Mac
  • Mac OS 10.6.7
  • IE 9 is fully supported
  • Chrome

Dropped support for:

  • Web Capture with Firefox 3.5 or lower
  • DirectX 8
10.1.1

Added support for:

  • Firefox 6.0 on Windows
  • Mac OSX 10.6.8 and 10.7 (with the exception of the browser which is not supported)
  • Safari 5.0.5

Dropped support for: Firefox 3.5 on Windows

10.1.2

Added support for:

  • Firefox 8.0 on Windows
  • Mac OSX 10.7.2
  • Web Capture on Firefox 7.0 and later (3.6 is still supported).

Dropped support for Firefox 4.0/5.0 on Windows

10.1.3

Added support for:

  • Firefox 10.0.x
  • Safari 5.1 (64 bit) for OSX 10.6.8, Apple Safari 5.1(32-bit and 64-bit) for OSX 10.7.x

Dropped support for: All versions of Firefox prior to 10.0.

10.1.4

Added support for:

  • Windows 8 (With parial support for PDF Ownership and Accessibility features)
  • Mac OSX 10.8
10.1.5

Added support for:

  • Windows 8 (Full support)
  • IE 10
  • Firefox Extended Support Release
  • Mac OSX v.10.8.1 - 10.8.2
  • Safari 6.0.2 for Mac OSX 10.8.2
10.1.6 None.
10.1.7 None.
10.1.8

Added support for:

  • Mac OSX 10.8.4 and 10.9
  • Safari 7.0 for OSX 10.9; Safari 6.0.5 for MAC OS X 10.8.4
  • Windows 8.1
10.1.9 None.
10.1.10 None.

XP and Office 2003 support

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This means the following for Acrobat products:

  • Support for Acrobat & Reader versions X & XI on Windows XP will end with the Fall, 2014 quarterly update (tentatively 11.0.08 and 10.1.11). You can continue to install and update Acrobat and Reader on XP, but future updates will not have been tested on XP and technical support will end for that platform.
  • Dropped support for MS Office 2003 PDFMakers.

Existing users can continue to use Acrobat PDFMakers for Office 2003. However, Adobe will not release any bug fixes or provide technical support for Office 2003 PDFMaker issues after the 11.0.07 and 10.1.10 release of May 13, 2014. This is also true for enterprise customers on support contracts. For more detail, see http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/windows-xp-end-of-support-html.

Language Support

Most planned updates and out of cycle updates (and any Acrobat update/patch) are language agnostic and can be applied over any product. For Reader, language-specific installers may be provided from the Reader Download Center at http://get.adobe.com/reader/ and the ftp site for some Planned updates. In those cases, use the installer file name to identify the language for which the installer is intended.

Multilanguage (MUI) installers: Some releases include MUI installers that provide support for multiple languages and allow the user to configure the language at install time. These are only available on Windows and are identified by _MUI in the filename.

11.x language support

Tier 1
Language Name Locale SKU abbreviation Comments
Universal English en_US UE All products
French fr_FR F All products
German de_DE D All products
Japanese ja_JP JPL All products
French Canadian fr_CA FC Mapped to fr_FR
International English en_GB EAP, EUE, EUW, IE, LAE Mapped to en_US
Tier 2
Language Name Locale SKU abbreviation Comments
Dutch nl_NL NL All products
Italian it_IT I All products
Spanish es_ES E All products
Latin/North American Spanish es_MX LAS, NAS mapped to es_ES
Brazilian Portuguese pt_BR PB All products
Portuguese pt_PT P mapped to pt_BR
Swedish sv_SE S All products
Danish da_DK DK All products
Finnish fi_FI SF All products
Norwegian nb_NO N All products
Tier 3
Language Name Locale SKU abbreviation Comments
Chinese Simplified zh_CN CS All products
Chinese Traditional zh_TW CT All products
Korean kr_KR KOR All products
Tier 4
Language Name Locale SKU abbreviation Comments
Czech cs_CZ CZ All products
Hungarian ht_HU HU All products
Polish pl_PL PL All products
Russian ru_RU RU All products
Ukrainian uk_UA UKR All products
Turkish tr_TR TR All products
Slovak sk_SK SL Windows only
Slovenian sl_SI SVN Windows only
Basque eu_ES none Windows Reader only
Catalan ca_ES none Windows Reader only
Croatian hr_HR none Windows Reader only
Romanian ro_RO none Mac and Windows, Reader only
Tier 5
Language Name Locale SKU abbreviation Comments
North African French fr_MA NAF All products (no locale for Mac since the UI appears in the OS locale)
Middle Eastern English for Arabic en_AE MEA All products (no locale for Mac since the UI appears in the OS locale)
Middle Eastern English for Hebrew en_IL MEH All products (no locale for Mac since the UI appears in the OS locale)

10.x language support

Language support for 10.x
Tier Windows Macintosh
Tier 1 English, French, German, Japanese English, French, German, Japanese
Tier 2 Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian
Tier 3 Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean
Tier 4 Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Turkish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Croatian, Slovenian, (Reader only: Catalan, Basque) Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Turkish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish
Tier 5 Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew

Compatibility

The following installation scenarios are supported:

  • Reader X or XI with Acrobat X or XI.
  • Previously supported (will work but 9.x products have been discontinued): Reader 9 or X with Acrobat 9 or X.

The following installation scenarios are not supported:

  • Two versions of Acrobat on the same machine.
  • Two versions of Reader on the same machine.
  • Any supported product with an unsupported (end of lifed) product on the same machine.

Note

For Web browser and PDFMaker-compatible applications on both Windows and Mac, see http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/compatible-web-browsers-pdfmaker-applications.html.

Product end-of-life schedule

As stated in the Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy, Adobe provides five years of product support as described at http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/eol/eol_matrix.html#86. Under this schedule:

  • 8.x products were “end of lifed” in November of 2011.
  • 9.x products were “end of lifed” in June of 2013.

End of support means that Adobe will no longer provide technical support or distribute runtimes, including product and/or security updates, for all derivatives of a product or product version (e.g. localized versions, minor upgrades, operating systems, dot and double-dot releases, and connector products). Adobe strongly recommends that customers update to the latest versions of the product.