Friday, December 15th 2006

NVIDIA GPUs Accelerate Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8

NVIDIA Corporation, today announced that the Adobe Acrobat 8 product family and Adobe Reader 8 now offer a new page display rendering mode, which uses the graphics processing unit (GPU) to accelerate the drawing and display of pages in PDF format. Building upon the recent performance improvements of Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8, Adobe has leveraged the power and programmability of the GPU to further turbocharge the display of 2D content in PDF documents.

"NVIDIA GeForce and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs let users do more with PDF files, and faster," said Pam Deziel, director, platform product marketing, Adobe Systems Incorporated. "Panning, scrolling, zooming…Virtually every major function in Adobe Reader 8 that takes advantage of the GPU will receive a tangible boost in performance. Things people may have avoided in the past, such as deeply detailed zoomable maps, are now easily displayed."

“Adobe Reader boasts a distribution of over 500 million copies worldwide and Adobe Acrobat is used by leading enterprises to drive key document processes based on PDF. NVIDIA is turbocharging the experience of those users upgrading to Reader 8.0," John Vifian, content evangelist at NVIDIA, “Using a powerful GeForce 6, 7, or 8 Series GPU makes skimming through digitized documentation no different – and, in many cases, easier – than holding the real-world equivalent right before your eyes. GPU acceleration in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat represents a significant step forward in an increasingly paperless world."

Enabled only on modern, powerful GPUs, the feature “2D GPU ACCELERATION" enhances the interactivity of page display and allows fluid zooming and panning of complex documents. This results in a performance boost, as well as sharper, crisper display of text and imagery while zooming through rich, large documents. The ability of the GPU to display PDF files in such an interactive manner enables truly fluid handling of electronic documents, whether they be subway maps, architectural blueprints, trail maps, or lengthy catalogs and e-books.

More information on Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8, including a list of supported GPUs, can be found at More information on NVIDIA GPUs and the graphics cards and motherboards that feature them can be found at NVIDIA
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8 Comments on NVIDIA GPUs Accelerate Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader 8

Great, now will adobe not only consume all your main resources, it will also consume al your video ram and cause the GPU to run at full speed.

Good one.
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lol...this is like m$ word requiring 512mb of gpu memory and dx10, sad!
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thats looks like where everything is leaning to.......can you imagine ms calculator requiring you have DX10 card and 2gb of mem? lol.........:roll:
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Nice one, now they can start coding games to pdf format for a performance boost
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If you don't use lightweight programs like Foxit PDF there are many things to speed up Adobe Reader. Like disabling 90% of all plugins which are always loaded just on startup.

I, personally, think that Adobe Reader 8.0 starts up way faster then it's predecessors, without tweaking and just using the default install.

But yeh, 8.0 eats 120MB HDD space (that is including the setup files it puts in there, because obviously, it's not possible to update without the setup files >_>)

But yeh, it's faster, and I don't have a GeForce 6, 7 or 8 series gfx card.
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I hate the adobe readers, foxit all the way....
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Oh the humanity. Each succession of Acrobat consumes more and more resources. Now on top of crashing web browsers, it will take over my GPU. Foxit is infinitely faster and more stable.
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Not only is foxit faster and more stable... it is also a lot easier on the ol' hard drive and memory. Oh, we are suppose to talk about adobe... here is an idea make adobe larger with more useless shit that makes a simple task take longer then it should... yeah thats it. You know just like microsoft word... I think we could all follow the example of that.
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