Looking to catch a slice of the content-rich PDA market, Adobe has announced a public beta version of its Acrobat Reader for the Palm operating system.
The software will allow handheld users to view PDF files on Palm devices and is available for free download from Adobe's Web site. Incorporating the Acrobat 5.0 software, users can synchronise Adobe PDF files from the desktop or notebook to a Palm-powered handheld through a desktop application and the Palm OS view application. Although earlier versions of Acrobat are supported, reading documents on the handheld is more reliable using the later software version because documents are automatically tagged with information on the document structure and organisation, according to Adobe.
Upon launching the desktop application, users must drag and drop the relevant PDF file, which is then created for viewing on the Palm-powered device. The user then launches the Adobe Reader application on their handheld and selects the relevant PDF file.
"In such a fast-paced era of technological advancement there exists a growing need for information to be universally accessible," said Adobe marketing manager for Asia Pacific, Jordan Reizes.
Users must have Palm OS 3.0 or higher, and a minimum available memory of 200KB.
The beta software is available for Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows ME and Windows 2000. It can be downloaded free at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/betareg.html