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Currently Adobe Acrobat Reader for Linux is at version 9.5.5. Does anybody know when Adobe is going to release a version 10 or 11 and have the ability to use a Reader Extension enabled PDF file?

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  • Does anybody know if there is a Linux version of Adobe Acrobat Pro that I need to enable Reader Extensions with. I am currently setting it with a Windows version.
    – Paul
    Apr 23 '14 at 1:24
  • Have you tried running it in wine? Versions 8.0 and 9.0 Professional are rated platinum. Version 9.0 Pro Extended is rated gold. Version X Pro is rated silver ("Application works excellently for 'normal' use"). Version XI isn't listed. You can view the report at appdb.winehq.org/…
    – jbo5112
    Apr 25 '14 at 0:52
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Never would be the safest guess. Their Linux support has always been terrible, and I don't ever expect that to change. I've found Adobe Acrobat Reader to be quite impressively slow and resource hungry, so finding an alternative may be in your best interest anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if they just gave up on delivering a reader for the platform.

Have you tried Okular (KDE) or Evince (Gnome)? I'm not familiar with Reader Extension enabled PDF files, but from a Google search, it appears to just enable a few useful pro features. On the first PDF form that I found (Form W-4 2014), Okular let me fill it in and run a "Save As..." to retain all my information, however the file did give me an warning/error "This document has XFA forms, which are currently **unsupported**." Okular also supports commenting/markup, but I'm not sure about the other features.

I'm running Linux Mint 16 KDE, and don't want to install a dozen packages just to test Evince.

Update PDF Studio (paid application w/ free trial) is supposed to support static XFA forms, among many other Acrobat Pro level features. They have a Linux version and plans to support LiveCycle XFA forms in version 10 or 11 (currently on 9).

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  • Thanks for the reply. The form I created uses XFA and so far the only PDF reader I have found that supports it in Adobe Acrobat.
    – Paul
    Apr 25 '14 at 1:54
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    @Paul PDF Studio may do what you want. It looks comparable to Acrobat Standard or Professional. It's a paid application, and I'm not sure what limitations there are on the free trial.
    – jbo5112
    Apr 25 '14 at 2:21

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