Adobe Reader – Adobe’s New PDF Viewer App for iPad and iOS

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Adobe has released their new Adobe Reader app for the iPad and iOS in the App Store today. It’s a PDF viewer app, and is described on its App Store page like so:

Adobe Reader is the free global standard for reliably viewing and sharing PDF documents across platfoms and devices. Easily and efficiently access the widest range of PDF file types—including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. Now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Adobe Reader offers fast, high-quality interaction with PDF.

Here are some of its noted features:

View PDF files
• Quickly open PDF files from email , the Web or any application that supports "Open In…"
• View PDF Portfolios, PDF Packages, annotations and drawing markups
• Read text annotations such as Sticky Notes
Access encrypted PDF files
• Open and view password-protected PDF files
• Access files secured by Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management, which helps protect sensitive documents
• Supports the highest grade of PDF encryption, up to AES256
Interact with PDF files
• Search text to find specific information
• Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF file
• Select single page or continuous scroll modes
• Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view
• Quickly navigate through large files using thumbnails
• Select and copy text from a PDF file to the clipboard

As far as I can see this app is purely a PDF viewer with some standard sharing features. I don’t see any mention of any ability to edit or work with PDF documents. So it will not stack up well against some of the very capable 3rd party apps that offer that sort of extended functionality – but if all you need is a good viewer app, coming from Adobe themselves (creators of the PDF standard) then this should be a nice free option.

Here’s an App Store link for Adobe Reader; it’s a free app.


Patrick Jordan

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