Saturday, January 1, 2005


Acrobat 7 and my continuing Pocket PC DRM battle

Yes! I can finally read DRM protected Acrobat eBooks on my Pocket PC!

I just finished the upgrade from Acrobat (English) 6.0 to 7.0. A bit of panic as it looked like it had lost my eBooks since File > Digital Editions > My Digital Editions was blank. I had to click "Add File" and manually add the files that were in the "My eBooks" folder. Looks like they changed name to "My Digital Editions" in Acrobat 7.0 I transferred my eBooks individually by clicking "Send to Mobile device". Active Sync gave me a synchronization error for each file which I believe is because Acrobat keeps the file locked for a long time. But, after a simple resynch, and I can finally read Religion War and God's Debris on my Pocket PC.

Thanks Adobe and Scott Adams for this great gift for the new year!

Acrobat 2.0 for the Pocket PC has some nice features but I still prefer Microsoft reader for a few reasons:

  • The text seems clearer
  • It remembers the last position. Acrobat seems to as well but there is no option to go to the last position
  • It remembers the furthest position I got to in the eBook



  1. Do I need Acrobat 7 to read Ebooks on Pocket PC? I have Windows ME and I don't think 7 runs with it.


    Martin Smith

  2. Yes, I am afraid that you need Acrobat 7.0 to read most Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) eBooks. They use Digital Rights Management and require Acrobat 7.0 on the PC and Acrobat 2.0 on the Pocket PC. But, as you pointed out, Acrobat 7.0 is not available for Windows ME. You need Windows 2000 SP2 or later.

    You can read the few eBooks that do not use DRM and normal PDF documents on the Pocket PC without Acrobat 7.0.

    I suggest that you buy eBooks in Microsoft Reader (.lit) format. They work like a charm and you can read them on the Pocket PC and on the PC. Most eBook vendors sell both formats for the same price.