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October 17, 2011 /Reader /

Adobe Reader for iOS Now on the Apple App Store

Today, Adobe Reader for iOS is available free on the Apple App Store. This new PDF reader makes it easier than ever to view and interact with any PDF file on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Now you can quickly and efficiently view the widest range of PDF file types – including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.

Using Adobe Reader for iOS, you can open and view PDF files from email, on the Web or from any application that supports the “Open In” function. Through its highly intuitive user interface, Adobe Reader provides you with an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device you’re using.

But that’s not all. You can also interact with PDF files in a number of ways including searching for specific text in the PDF or using bookmarks and page thumbnails to quickly navigate to different sections in the PDF file. And should you need a hard copy, you can also print the PDF wirelessly using iOS AirPrint.

Here’s a quick rundown of all you can do with Adobe Reader for iOS on your iOS devices.

View PDF files:

• Quickly open PDF files from e-mail, the Web or any application that supports “Open In…”

• View ePortfolio (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

Print and Share files:

• Print wirelessly with AirPrint

• Share PDF files with other applications using “Open In…”

• Email PDF documents as attachments

Watch this video for a quick overview of the app. Check the features out for yourself via a free download on the Apple App Store.

And, we just released Adobe Reader 10.1 for Android, offering many of the same great features for fast, high-quality interaction with PDF files on your Android smartphones and tablets.

Anuj Gupta, Product Manager, Adobe Systems

What You Can Do with Adobe Reader 10.1 for iOS

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  • By Mo Williams - 7:33 AM on October 24, 2011   Reply

    Hi Anuj, Do you know when will an annotatable version (as per the current version X for Windows) will be avaialble for the iPAD? Thanks. Mo

    • By Adobe - 2:40 PM on October 25, 2011   Reply

      Hello Mo. Thank you for your question, we appreciate your interest in Reader for iOS. We recognize that annotation is a useful feature and while we don’t have anything to announce just yet, we’re working on our future development plans and taking everything into consideration. We appreciate your ongoing feedback and support.

  • By Mateo - 5:39 AM on October 26, 2011   Reply


    It doesn’t seem the iOS version of Reader supports Interactive PDFs made with LiveCycle Designer (and more precisely LiveCycle Designer for SAP).

    Do you plan to support them in the near future?


    • By Adobe - 5:45 PM on November 7, 2011   Reply

      Thanks for your interest in Reader for iOS. While we aren’t able to announce anything just yet, the team is working on future developments and we appreciate your ongoing feedback and support. Stay tuned to the Acrobat blog or Facebook page to stay up to date.

  • By Vivienne Wells - 11:28 AM on October 31, 2011   Reply

    PLEASE, when will Adobe Reader for iOS support interactive pdfs, inc embedded video???

  • By Pratyush Nalam - 9:42 AM on November 5, 2011   Reply

    Thank you for launching Adobe Reader for iOS. Now my iPod has a professional PDF reader instead of random third party apps

  • By Norberto Menendez - 2:44 AM on November 18, 2011   Reply


    Do you have a framework or SDK that can be used under XCode for iOS that allows for manipulation of form variables in a pdf?

    From my iOS app, I want to open an existing PDF (with form variables) and fill them out and then allow users to print, email that pdf. It would be great to have this as a developer SDK add on so I can put that functionality into my app.

    Thank you

  • By Drew - 7:09 AM on December 8, 2011   Reply

    I want to know, if I open a PDF from Dropbox using Adobe Reader on iOS, does it save that PDF to local storage on my device? If the file is removed from Dropbox does Adobe Reader keep that file?


  • By Brownie - 11:23 AM on December 12, 2011   Reply

    How do you erase documents that you do not need on the ios version for Ipad

  • By David - 1:58 AM on January 17, 2012   Reply

    Hi, when will links within documents work on the ipad reader – I was surprised not to see it as generally it is a solid app.

    • By Adobe - 11:24 AM on January 20, 2012   Reply

      Hi David: Thanks for reaching out. Please check here for more info on feature additions: Thanks!

  • By Chris Bates - 12:39 PM on January 23, 2012   Reply

    We need to be able to simply fill in pdf forms. Currently it looks like we cannot do this at this time. Any updates on this topic?

    • By Adobe - 2:33 PM on January 24, 2012   Reply

      Thank you Chris, we have forwarded your question to the product team and will respond shortly.

      • By Adobe - 5:06 PM on January 24, 2012   Reply

        Thanks for your question, we appreciate your interest in Reader for iOS. While we don’t have anything to announce just yet, we’re working on our future development plans and taking everything into consideration. We appreciate your ongoing feedback and support.

  • By Chekit Pandya - 7:16 AM on March 4, 2012   Reply

    No free Adobe pdf reader for BlackBerry os 5

  • By maria - 10:42 PM on March 4, 2012   Reply

    hi,im using n93i m0bile ph0ne and i want to install new adobe in my ph0ne c0uld u help me pls.thank you.

  • By Jeff - 12:12 PM on March 8, 2012   Reply

    This is cool that Adobe has released this, however digital signing appears to be a glaring omission. How amazing would it be for people to digitally sign PDF’s on the go, with a sigital sig file copied over from their desktop/laptop?

    My business would get enormous use out of that feature, as we already currently do with Adobe Reader on Mac/Windows.

    • By Adobe - 1:03 PM on March 9, 2012   Reply

      Thanks for reaching out Jeb. We believe you would be extremely interested to learn about our digital signature product, Echosign. You can find more information on their site here:

  • By Kyle - 11:28 AM on March 27, 2012   Reply

    This app will her perfect if you add the ability to open protectedpdf documents, and other documents encrypted with DRM, such as university textbooks. Is this in the works for the near future?

  • By Larry Handley - 9:20 AM on March 30, 2012   Reply

    Why can’t I open PDFprotected files with this reader? I can see the area to enter my username and password to unlock the file but I cannot input any text. I have tons of ebooks that are protected by the university that I cannot access……What Gives??????

  • By Brendon - 8:24 PM on April 3, 2013   Reply

    I just downloaded reader for iPad. I am not able to open PDF forms on the web. I use safari and it will not display the content of e PDF as it opens it in the iPad PDF viewer first. The website I was on uses adobe as its default hence why I can’t opened. Can u please tell me what I need to do to fix this.


    • By joiemikitson - 9:26 AM on April 4, 2013   Reply

      Hi Brendon,

      After the PDF opens within the default PDF viewer on iOS, if you tap the page, you should see an option appear at the top of the screen that says ‘Open in Adobe Reader’. Give that a try and let us know if it works!

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