Monday, February 25, 2008

Direct link to Adobe Reader (Acrobat Reader)

One of the major annoyances about Adobe Reader, which I have written about previously, is that Adobe insists that it can only be downloaded from its own servers. This note on Tucows summarises the problem:

The Adobe Acrobat Reader download is just an installer. This installer will lead to a much larger download that includes the Reader as well as the Yahoo! Toolbar and Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition. These items will download, however, upon installation you can opt-out of them.

The installer stub will force you to download unwanted toolbars and programs. Plus, it also installs Adobe Download Manager (ADM), which I do not want or need. Worse, ADM has a critical security hole, which even Adobe admits to.

Fortunately, the folks over at The Software Patch have figured out the latest direct FTP link to the Reader download:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/graphics/acrobatreader7.html

As I write this, the link is:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/8.x/8.1.2/enu/AdbeRdr812_en_US.exe

If you obtain Adobe Reader via this link, you won't have to install ADM or other useless stuff. But this link will become outdated when there is a new version, so check back at The Software Patch for the latest. BTW, they host many other patches, upgrades, service packs and hardware drivers too.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Acrobat Reader 9.4.0 (20100923)
FTP Direct Link

philng said...

the link is now: http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.1/en_US/AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe

and you appear at the top of google! :-)

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You are right that Adobe insists that it can only be downloaded from its own servers.The Adobe Acrobat Reader download is just an installer. These items will download, however, upon installation we can opt-out of them.The installer stub will force you to download unwanted toolbars and programs.