Adobe’s just-released Acrobat Reader for Palm OS only works in conjunction with Windows machines, though Adobe says a Mac version is in the works. No timetable on when it might arrive or details on possible Mac OS X compatibility. Of course, there’s still no ETA for the Mac OS X version of the Palm Desktop either.
Acrobat Reader for Palm OS lets users view content in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on Palm OS devices. Adobe PDF documents created using Acrobat 5.0 will offer a better reading experience on Palm Powered devices than files created using earlier versions of Acrobat because they are automatically tagged with information on the document structure and organization. The result? Easier and more reliable text flow on the smaller device, according to Adobe.
Acrobat Reader for Palm OS is immediately available free of charge for Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows ME and Windows 2000. To user it you’ll need a Palm OS device running Palm Desktop 3.0.1 or higher a minimum available memory of 200K. Right now, it’s only available in English. Support for other languages, as well as the Mac platform, is expected “in future versions,” according to Adobe.
When the Mac version arrives, you will be able to utilize the HotSync feature of the Palm through an included desktop application and a Palm OS viewer. When you want to upload a PDF to the Palm, simply open the desktop application and drop the PDF file onto it. The next time a HotSync is done the PDF file is transferred to the Palm’s viewing application.