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Breakdown of Adobe Acrobat Reader usage by version

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I need to know the breakdown of current users of Adobe Acrobat Reader between versions, e.g. versions 4,5,6,7.  Can anyone point me to an ongoing source for this type of information?  Thx.
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I don't think this information is publicly available. Adobe certainly does not provide it on their web site. This question comes up from time to time, I tried to find the data, but as I said, I don't think it's available.

Why do you think you need that data?
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I wanted the data so I could evaluate the "cost" of using later version features in my project, which would render it not functional in say, version 4 or 5.
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You have to look at your audience. The Reader is a free download. Do you think that most of your customers have a broadband connection and can download the latest version of Reader? If so, you may want to consider the newer features. If not, wait one more release cycle. Another thing to consider: Is your content important enough for your customers so that they are willing to upgrade?

There are not too many things that are supported in Reader 6/7 but not in earlier versions. Are you looking into creating Designer based forms? If so, take a second and third hard look. If you move to Designer, you are no longer creating PDF forms. My recommendation would be to only use Designer if it offers you a feature that you absolutely need, and cannot implement with normal Acrobat forms.
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