Adobe FrameViewer 5.1

Adobe FrameViewer, formerly FrameReader, was an read-only application for viewing FrameMaker documents. This functionality has been succeeded by Adobe Acrobat Reader since PDF has become Adobe's official document exchange format.

Product history[edit | edit source]

FrameReader 1.0 was released by Frame Technology for Windows in 1992 and 24 Unix platforms by 1993. It could navigate hyperlinks in documents as an early competitor to Adobe Acrobat.[1][2][3] FrameReader 3.0 could read files from both FrameMaker 3 and 4 as the file format was interchangeable.[4]

In June 1995, Adobe Systems agreed to buy out Frame Technology for $500 million.[5] The last version from Frame Technology was 5.0 in September 1995.[6] The acquisition by Adobe was completed in October 1995.[7] The first rebranded version was Adobe FrameViewer 5.1, which shipped on February 13, 1996.[8] The Windows version of 5.1 was still branded Adobe FrameReader at the time.[9]

Adobe FrameViewer 5.5, released on September 2, 1997,[10] was the last version for Macintosh. Adobe FrameViewer 6 for Windows and Unix was the final version.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. FrameMaker Windows due by Jeanette Borzo, Info World p.15. 1992-02-03.
  2. Frame adds Verity text retrieval to viewing software by Jeanette Borzo, Info World p.23. 1992-06-29.
  3. FrameReader: The Key to the Paperless Library? by James Karney, PC Magazine p.46. 1993-02-09.
  4. FrameMaker for Windows by James Karney, PC Magazine p.182. 1994-05-17.
  5. Adobe buys out rival Frame by Pardhu Vadlamudi, Info World p.20. 1995-06-26.
  6. With HTML, FrameMaker 5.0 Lets You Publish on the Web by James Karney, PC Magazine p.54. 1995-09-12.
  7. FrameMaker 5 reworks online publishing by Mike Heck, Info World p.96. 1996-06-29.
  8. Adobe Ships FrameViewer 5 and Retrieval Tools , Adobe Systems. 1996-02-13. Archived 1996-10-22.
  9. FrameReader 5.x, WinWorld. Accessed 2019-12-06.
  10. Adobe Announces Availability of FrameMaker 5.5 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Systems. 1997-09-02. Archived 1997-11-10.

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