Adobe Reader gets GPU acceleration

The latest version of Adobe Reader (formerly known as Acrobat Reader) came out last week, and Adobe has added an interesting twist to the software: GPU acceleration. The application can now be accelerated by ATI and Nvidia graphics processors with Shader Model 3.0 support and at least 128MB of video memory, the very same that are needed to accelerate the Aero graphical user interface in Windows Vista. Adobe Reader doesn't don shiny, transparent windows when paired with supported graphics cards, but Adobe says GPU acceleration enhances page display, zooming, and panning in PDF files.

Adobe Reader 8.0 can be downloaded here. The application should detect supported graphics cards automatically, but GPU acceleration can also be enabled or disabled through the program's preferences dialog under the 3D section. Thanks to Beyond3D for the tip.

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