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Controversial FedEx Kinko's Acrobat Link disappears

Printing Industries Association of Australia has welcomed the removal of the controversial 'Print to Kinko's' button from Adobe Acrobat products.

Printing Industries CEO Philip Andersen, said the promised automatic updates via Acrobat 8.1.1. have begun flowing replacing the button and other "send to" links in existing versions of Acrobat 8 including the free Acrobat 8 reader.

Inclusion of the dedicated link to send print jobs to FedEx Kinko's outlets caused international uproar earlier this year prompting widespread reaction and a flurry of protest in Australia.

Printing Industries echoed the Australian industry's concern and lobbied Adobe's US based CEO Bruce Chizen directly as well as via its affiliation with Printing Industries of America.

Investigations by Printing Industries proved that, despite assurances Australia would not be affected, the links could be used to access FedEx Kinko's outlets in Sydney and Melbourne.

"We are appreciative of Adobe's work to rectify this matter and restore confidence in its commitment to our members and users worldwide," Mr Andersen said.

"This has been a very trying and emotive time for many people. We understand that the project took a little longer than anticipated because of the necessary testing to ensure the changes would work flawlessly once implemented.

"Our own testing suggests that this is in fact the case and the changes have been implemented without any difficulty. Existing users will need to ensure they accept the update when prompted during their normal automatic update process or can simply use the 'check for updates' button in their software to activate the process. New Adobe Acrobat
products manufactured prior to the button removal will also need to go through the update process during installation."

Mr Andersen said Printing Industries looked forward to continuing co-operation with Adobe on the many innovations and services it provides to the industry to meet its continually changing conditions and opportunities.

Printing Industries
www.printnet.com.au