Adobe Reader has been around for a while now – nearly 20 years, in fact. In those two decades, there have been a lot of changes, both in the digital document industry and in Reader itself. The most recent incarnation of Adobe Reader is without a doubt the most robust version yet, thanks in no small part to the fact that this Reader is no longer just for reading. With Adobe Reader XI, we’re bringing your work tools to where you’re doing your work; we’ve added a new Tools pane to help you access our online document services quickly and easily from within the Reader interface. Here’s what we’ve included to help you get your work done:
- If you have a PDF ﬁle open and you want to make some changes to the content, you can export that PDF ﬁle to Word, Excel, and other formats using ExportPDF and continue your work in one of those natively editable formats. That includes scanned PDF files or image-only PDF files; even if you can’t search the file’s text, you can still export it. Instead of starting from scratch or manually copying and pasting text from the document, you can save time by converting to one of the formats that you edit documents with every day without skipping a beat.
- When it comes time to convert that ﬁle back to PDF or to combine several ﬁles into a single PDF document, open up the “Create PDF” panel from the Tools pane and take advantage of the CreatePDF service to do just that. You can use CreatePDF to create and combine multiple ﬁles online and store those documents in the cloud from wherever you may be, and you can do it from Adobe Reader with just a few clicks.
- When you’re looking at a PDF ﬁle that you want to distribute or share with colleagues and clients, you can send the document to them securely and track that document’s activity with Adobe SendNow. Your subscription will allow you to send documents of up to 2GB; you can even add custom branding to SendNow emails and download pages. Deﬁnitely beats sending a hard drive via overnight mail!
- What about those times when you’re halfway through a 200-page document but you’ve got to leave the ofﬁce? With a single click you can upload that document to Acrobat.com and access the ﬁle (at whatever page you left it on) from the Acrobat.com folder in Adobe Reader Mobile for iOS or Android. Acrobat.com lets you access all of your ﬁles from virtually any device, whenever you need them; why stay bound to a desk when Adobe Reader can follow you wherever you go, and Acrobat.com always has your ﬁles stored securely in the cloud?
Adobe Reader XI makes all of this happen directly from the Tools pane, your personal portal to productivity. Take a look at your options by clicking on “Tools” in the upper right corner of Reader the next time you open a document; you’ll be amazed at the things you can do. All you need to get started is an Adobe ID, which is free to create; sign in or create your ID through the Tools pane to see what these services can do for you and your workﬂow.
Next week, we’ll get granular and go over the how-to for each of the tools available to you in Reader; tune in to get the good news!