Q: How to install Acrobat Reader?

D. R. Evans doc.evans at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 17:28:27 BST 2006

> Or, you could just install Acrobat Reader from Adobe. ;)
> http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
> Grab the AdobeReader_enu-7.0.8-1.i386.tar.gz file, then
> "tar xzfv AdobeReader_enu-7.0.8-1.i386.tar.gz" which will
> create a directory called AbobeReader.  So, "cd AdobeReader"
> and "sudo ./INSTALL".
> This will install everything to /usr/local/Adobe/.  So, all that's left
> is to add it to your menu via "System Settings > Panel > Menus tab >
> Edit K Menu." (the actual acroread program is in /usr/local/Adobe/bin)
> Sounds complicated, but it only takes a few minutes if you're familiar
> with adding stuff to the menu.

I did this. At first I thought it was working OK, but it isn't:

1. Every time I start acrobat, I get the following on the console:
  (acroread:8876): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in
module_path: "qtengine",

(acroread:8876): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in
module_path: "qtengine",

2. It also pops up a dialog box that says that it cannot initialize
the plug-in "PPKLite.api"

3. Despite these errors, documents can be viewed, but their aspect
ratio is wrong: they all look long and thin.

Is there anyone here running 64-bit Kubuntu who has actually got
acrobat working properly? It worked fine in Mdv, so it has to be
possible, but you can imagine that this is getting frustrating.

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