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Jul 02, 2019

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Good afternoon! So, I downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or whatever it is supposed to be referred to as, and found that my Adobe Reader 9 is gone. I downloaded for a specific feature, only to find that several features were gone, and or locked behind a 2-25$ a month subscription paywall, alongside being ugly and burning my retinas. I searched a few decently lengthed forum threads, some reddit posts, et cetera, only to find that the official support stopped responding to them after 5-6~ posts for some reason. Also, the page with 'older/other versions' only has one version, the current version, which is absolute insanity. I would like my Adobe Reader 9 back, for my only other option at this point is to do SSD everything on my drive and system restore.

I feel sad to do this, but I compare it to the hypothetical situation where you go to update Battlefront 2005, only to get EA's Battlefront 2.

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Did you maybe have Adobe Acrobat 9 before (ie, not Reader)? If not, you did not lose any functionalities when upgrading to DC. They were moved around quite a lot and the user-interface changed dramatically, though, so you might not know where to find them. If you want help with finding a specific command let us know.

At any rate, older installers of Reader are available here: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/

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Need an older version of Adobe Reader

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Good afternoon! So, I downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or whatever it is supposed to be referred to as, and found that my Adobe Reader 9 is gone. I downloaded for a specific feature, only to find that several features were gone, and or locked behind a 2-25$ a month subscription paywall, alongside being ugly and burning my retinas. I searched a few decently lengthed forum threads, some reddit posts, et cetera, only to find that the official support stopped responding to them after 5-6~ posts for some reason. Also, the page with 'older/other versions' only has one version, the current version, which is absolute insanity. I would like my Adobe Reader 9 back, for my only other option at this point is to do SSD everything on my drive and system restore.

I feel sad to do this, but I compare it to the hypothetical situation where you go to update Battlefront 2005, only to get EA's Battlefront 2.

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Did you maybe have Adobe Acrobat 9 before (ie, not Reader)? If not, you did not lose any functionalities when upgrading to DC. They were moved around quite a lot and the user-interface changed dramatically, though, so you might not know where to find them. If you want help with finding a specific command let us know.

At any rate, older installers of Reader are available here: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 02, 2019

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What features does you miss?

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Jul 02, 2019

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I don't recall specifically, but many things in the toolbar were lost. What I was looking for, however, was the ability to change settings on a PDF so I could save an edited form of it.

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Jul 03, 2019

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What settings?

Info: Acrobat Reader DC has more features as Adobe Reader 9.

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Jul 03, 2019

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If you start to type in the search box in the upper right above the currently showing tools, the tool you are looking for should come up.

Give DC a shot before abandoning it. It’s the only one that gets security updates, and the older ones leave your system vulnerable to hackers.

~ Jane

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Jul 03, 2019

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It does sound as if you had Acrobat 9. If you did, you still do, from what I understand - installing Reader does not uninstall any version of Acrobat. What makes you say it is gone EXACTLY?

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Did you maybe have Adobe Acrobat 9 before (ie, not Reader)? If not, you did not lose any functionalities when upgrading to DC. They were moved around quite a lot and the user-interface changed dramatically, though, so you might not know where to find them. If you want help with finding a specific command let us know.

At any rate, older installers of Reader are available here: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/

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Jul 03, 2019

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You are likely correct in that I was unable to find what I was looking for due to it being a vastly different interface, and the horrible looking toolbar of 'Adobe DLC available for the low low price of however many US dollars a month' being pushed into my peripherals did not help. All in all, as is normal with many people, I would like to return to what is familiar, and you have provided me with my original intent, which was to get Adobe Reader 9 back.

Responding quickly to the other two replies immediately after yours, I will look into the 'vulnerability to hackers', and when I was installing Adobe Acrobat DC, it told me to close Adobe Reader 9 and immediately deleted it when I started the installation.

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The Installation of Adobe Acrobat DC will not remove Adobe Reader 9.

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Jul 03, 2019

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Well, I had Adobe Reader 9.0, and then I installed Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, and then I didn't have Adobe Reader 9.0, which implies pretty heavily that the only thing I did to change software on my computer in the timeframe of the previous 10 minutes would be the cause of it.

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Jul 04, 2019

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It's very likely that the new version of Reader overwrote the old one, if the two are not compatible with each other and can't co-exist without conflicts.

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That makes sense thanks

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