Now Available: Add Text Tool, File Management, and more in Adobe Reader for iOS & Android

A couple of days ago we released the latest version of Adobe Reader for iOS and Android, and we’re pleased to share a summary of the great new functionality in this update.

All New Look!

Adobe Reader now sports a brand new look, with a split panel that makes it extremely easy to navigate across different functions, such as viewing Recently viewed files, browsing the list of all documents, as well as taking a look at what’s new in this release. On Android phones, given the smaller screen space, the split pane animates to the left when you select an item. On iPhone and iPod Touch, the Reader UI provides a tab bar at the bottom of the screen instead of a split pane view, just like a standard iPhone app. All in all, it’s a brand new look and an engaging experience across devices and form factors!

Split pane view on iPad

The animated split-pane on an Android Phone

Manage your files and folders, all within Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader now allows you to manage your documents right within the Reader. You can create & manage folders, and rename, delete and move files seamlessly on both Android and iOS (*). On Android, we’ve provided two viewing modes – while we’ve added the new Folder View that allows you to browse folders up and down the hierarchy just like any file browser, we’ve also retained the existing flat-list view that gives you very convenient view of all your PDF documents on the device storage. What’s more – you can manage files from either of the views. See below a series of screenshots illustrating some of these new capabilities.

(*) On iOS, file management is available on devices running iOS 5 and above.

Creating a folder

Renaming a file

Deleting multiple files
Moving multiple files

The two file viewing modes on Android

Field Validation of forms

With this update of Adobe Reader, we’ve enhanced support for forms that have Field Validation, Calculation, and Formatting built in the form fields. Refer the screenshot below that illustrates this with a simple numerical form field.

Form field validation

Add Text Tool

Adobe Reader now supports adding arbitrary text using the Add Text tool (also popularly known as the ‘Typewriter tool’). This is available in the Commenting Toolbar along with the rest of the commenting tools, and can be very useful in filling static forms as well as adding text to arbitrary locations on the page.

Adding text on Android

Adding text on iPad

Dictionary Support on iOS

Adobe Reader on iOS now allows you to look up definitions of selected terms in a PDF by invoking the built-in dictionary. This feature is available on all devices running iOS version 5 and above.

Looking up a word on iPad

Try it now!
We encourage you to install or update to Reader 10.3, and look forward to your feedback. Some key links below:

Reader Links

Give us feedback

  • Post on the User to User Forums for Android and iOS.
  • Write to our support email for Android and iOS

Stay in touch

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

12 Responses to Now Available: Add Text Tool, File Management, and more in Adobe Reader for iOS & Android

  1. aawc says:

    Congratulations! A few points:
    1. Typo: s/branch/brand/
    2. Please remove the bundled PDF – it bloats the package. Or, optimize it for size.

  2. khiettran says:

    Thank you very muach! ^^

  3. Mike says:

    It appears Reader STILL doesn’t remove watermarks that are only supposed to show up when printing. Reader on the desktop handles this properly. Will this ever be resolved (I have submitted as a bug before).

  4. Thanks for that article

  5. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. Definitely people will find this as very helpful.

  6. Maryam says:

    Is this only available in iOS 5? I do not have the latest version I guess because I cannot rename a file or create a new folder. The files have all similar uneligible names creating a mess. Please help.

    • dgriffin says:

      Ah, there are some capabilities that are only available under iOS 5+, and the file manager behavior is one of them.

  7. Elaine says:

    On the iPad version can you create a text box? I can not find that function.

    • dgriffin says:

      If you want to add text, tap to show the comments bar, and pick the “T” icon, then tap where you want to add text.

      We are also working on adding help to the app to answer the most commonly asked questions and provide guidance on the most commonly used features, to help in the future.

  8. Max Thomas says:

    Yes, new version will rename a text pdf. Also can create folder. The latest App update (10.6.0) will NOT allow to save document to Folder. Previously did so. When I edit a doc, Folder option grays out! Using iOS 6.1.3 on iPhone.

  9. Ken Rudee says:

    Am I misunderstanding previous posts, it looks like the iOS version of Acrobat Reader should save the information on a completed PDF fom, iss that correct? I am not able to save a form that is stored on a cloud (e.g. Google Drive) and latter see the completed data when downloading and re opening the form. If this should be possible, please provide detailed instructions.

    Reader version: 10.6.0
    iOS version: 6.1.3
    Ipad model: MC916LL/A

    • dgriffin says:

      We don’t read directly from Google Drive, so we can’t save back to Google Drive. After you’ve marked up the document, you’ll need to share it back with Google Drive and replace the original to get it back to the cloud. But we’re always listening to customer needs, and will consider this for a future enhancement!