Adobe Reader on the Sunrays ...

John Shott shott at
Tue Oct 21 07:02:25 PDT 2008

SNF Lab Members:

One of the biggest complaints about the Opteron-based machine used to 
support the Sunrays is the absence of Adobe Reader to display PDF 
documents.  This complaint is widespread among the Solaris x86 community 
.... not just here at SNF.

Finally, there is some good news to report on this front:

1. Adobe has finally announced that they will support Adobe Reader on 
the Solaris x86 platform on their next major release (Acrobat Reader 
9).  That is welcome news but, at present, doesn't really help.

2. As an interim measure, Transitive (a company in Los Gatos that 
specializes in software that allows applications compiled on Solaris 
SPARC architecture to run on other platforms) has recently released
QuickTransit that will allow Adobe Reader to run on the Solaris x86 

I have intalled this program on the flare computer and you should now be 
able to fire up this application named "transread" by issuing the command:

transread MyFile.pdf

Note: the full path to transread is /bin/transread.

The first time that you fire up transread, it seems to take a while to 
open .... 15-30 seconds ... so be patient.  It will first open a licence 
agreement and then show you your document.

If you wish to have this open in your browser, once you are in 
transread, select "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu.  In the 
preferences menu, select "Internet".  This will open a window that will 
allow you to specify the browser to use.  In this case, you should enter 
the full path to the browser executable:
either /bin/firefox for Firefox users or /usr/sfw/bin/mozilla for 
Mozilla users.

Let me know if you encounter any problems .... be we hope that this will 
provide you improved access to PDF documents.

Thank you for your continued support,


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