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Adobe Reader 9 for PPC

Anyone think they could help me out by uploading Adobe Reader 9.4 & it's various update (all the was up to 9.5.5)? After a recent crash, I found my self reinstalling a lot of software. As it turns out, adobe reader was one of those software pieces I need. I already have the base 9.4 version installed, (I for a reason I can't remember saved the .pkg installer file to a flash drive before the crash) but it seems adobe shutdown their auto update servers for the 9.x releases, as when I attempted to check for an update it told me there were none available. If anyone could help me out, that'd be great.

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OldVersions.com Adobe Reader 9.4.0 — the updaters are not there tho 9.4.0 is (earlier versions too), so that's a start.

[Edit] sorry, I see you already have that part. Tired

MacUpdate has the Reader 9.5.5 update for PPC, if it helps.

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I've just now found the final 9.5.5 update at MacUpdate here: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/73/adobe-acrobat-reader
Unfortunately it wants me to install a prior update (presumably 9.5) before it can apply anything.
[Edit]: well that's ironic, seems you edited just as I posted.

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The source Luke, use the source Wink

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Thanks. Do you mind if I upload those updates to this site? PPC software is becoming increasingly difficult to find these days.

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No, I don't mind as it is freeware from Adobe and no longer available from their HTTP pages.

Currently tho', the Garden is being drawn towards refining its concept of what is abandonware - and one idea being tossed around, is that a year cutoff limit may be imposed. Anything newer than 10 years may be subject to approval/disapproval (unofficial ATPIT).

However, if you do happen to upload this and you find the page disappears because it falls into a category of being "too new", it will likely have been archived off-line and would be made available when approved for release. To some degree this is already happening, esp. with uploads of more recent commercial software.

One consolation re the Reader 9.x, is the Adobe public ftp site appears to be stable and in no hurry to vanish overnight. If you work backwards from that above link, you will find updates to much of their inventory.

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It's good that you're refining the concept of abandonware. Lately what I've noticed in our fast-pace modern world is that software seems to have a shorter lifespan. What would be ideal is if we defined it as abandonware based on it's discontinuation date. 5 years after being discontinued seems fair, of course you're the admin so the choice is entirely up to you.

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It's an extremely difficult concept to pin down to a precise rule. Smile

A lot of stuff doesn't have any kind of official or unofficial "discontinuation date". It simply stops being developed or stops working with a particular OS update. Even with a thorough search it may be impossible to work out when much of it actually stopped being sold / available or stopped working with the OS.

Then there is some of the old OS 9 and earlier stuff which is still available to be purchased today, so isn't "abandoned" even though the only versions of the OS it works with is has been termed "obsolete" and discontinued by Apple. (You can still actually buy brand new copies of OS 9 and earlier from places like Hardcore Mac, although it's massively over-priced.)

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I think a software's discontinuation date should be determined by two factors: the date of the products last official patch & the date the product stops being sold (new) by primary retailers. As you mentioned above, old apps can't be considered abandonware if they're still being sold (even if no longer updated) and, simultaneously, can't be abandonware if they're still being updated/supported (even if no longer sold). The easiest way to determine it would be to base it on which ever comes last, dropped from sale or dropped from support.