Mac News Briefs: Adobe puts out Acrobat, Reader security updates

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Adobe has updated its Acrobat and Adobe Reader programs to fix what the company is calling "critical vulnerabilities" in its PDF creation application and free PDF viewer.

According to an Adobe security bulletin, the CVE-2009-1492 vulnerability can cause the application to crash, potentially allowing an attacker to take control of the affected system. The company recommends that all users of Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1 upgrade to the 9.1.2 updates released Tuesday.

Mac users can get the Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2 updates directly from Adobe's Web site.—Philip Michaels

E-on Software updates learning edition of 3-D tool Vue

E-on Software has announced the release of Vue 7.5 PLE. A free Personal Learning Edition of its 3-D environment creation software, Vue 7.5 PLE lets you create watermarked projects that can be used in Maya, Cinema 4D and other 3-D applications or exported on their own.

The 7.5 release adds a Camera Mapping feature, spherical and planetary procedural terrains with infinite detail, spherical cloudscapes (either procedural or based on cloud maps), and color and alpha masks of single clouds and cloud layers.—Peter Cohen

Apago takes wraps off retooled PDF Enhancer

Apago on Tuesday released PDF Enhancer 3.5, the latest update to its PDF creation and optimization program. Version 3.5 has been rearchitectured, yielding a faster and more robust program.

The upgrade also improves font handling and color management, adding in support for more color patterns and device link profiles.

PDF Enhancer 3.5 is a free update for all users of previous 3.x versions. The Standard Edition costs $199, Professional Edition $399, Server Edition $999, and Advanced Server Edition $1,999.—Dan Moren

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