Archive for December, 2012

Adobe Reader for Windows 8 Tablets

We recently released our first Windows 8 Tablet version of Adobe Reader.

This is very exciting for us because it is not just the first version of Reader for this new OS, but also the first Adobe app designed for Windows 8! This version of Reader is based on the same Tablet and Smartphone Reader that we already have on iOS, Android, Playbook and Windows Phone. It doesn’t yet have all of the features that those others have, but they are certainly on the way. We’re starting with the basic PDF Reading features, and we’ll be working hard to catch up to match what we’ve got on iOS and Android as we continue to improve our Mobile Reader.

We support both ARM Tablets like the interesting new Surface RT, as well as Intel devices running Windows 8, including the upcoming Surface Pro as well as all of the desktop and laptop computers coming out now.

On to a quick tour of some features and screen shots!

The Reader Home Screen, with Recent Files and some handy links

The Reader Home Screen, with Recent Files and some handy links

 

Windows 8 Native App

The application is completely redesigned to be a native Windows 8-style UI, with the clean toolbar design that can be swiped up from the bottom, and the charms bar that can be swiped in from the right that should be familiar with all Windows 8-style apps.

Swipe up from the edge of the screen to see the App bar

Swipe up from the edge of the screen to see the App bar

 

Semantic Zoom

For navigation, we support touch gestures for zoom and pan, as you’d expect, and have also added a semantic zoom to let you jump between pages, replacing the “page scrubber” that we had on the other platforms.This is a really great Windows 8 metaphor that I like the more every time I use it. This is something that is unique to our Windows 8 app.

Zoom far out to see thumbnails of all your pages, and tap one to go straight there.

Zoom far out to see thumbnails of all your pages, and tap one to go straight there.

 

Bookmarks

To find your content quickly in a document, we have support for Find and Bookmarks. We also support links, both the internal kind that are used in table of contents, as well as linking out to a web page.

Tap the bookmarks icon in the App bar to see your bookmarks, and jump anywhere in the document

Tap the bookmarks icon in the App bar to see your bookmarks, and jump anywhere in the document

 

But wait, there’s more!

The story doesn’t end here. We also support opening password-protected PDF, selecting and copying text, and a few other small niceties, and the team is already working on adding some more features that we’ll have available early in 2013. We want to make sure that we make what you want, so Let us know what you want to see the most by visiting our forum and posting your wishes there: http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums/metro.

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

3D PDF Support on iOS

With our recent update, we now have support for 3D PDF from our iOS version of Adobe Reader! We’ve been working with Tech Soft 3D to enable mobile users to experience the full richness of their 3D data without needing to be tied down to a workstation. All you need is the latest version of Adobe Reader for iOS, and the Tech Soft 3D PDF Reader on your device.

Experiencing the 3D content is incredibly simple. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader, browse to the 3D model, and tap to open it in the 3D PDF Reader! From the 3D PDF Reader you have full access to view and interact with the model. This is a great capability for our AEC customers who aren’t always at a desk need to have the details with them anywhere in the field or on a factory floor.

See the 3D PDF Reader here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-pdf-reader/id569307672

 

If somebody develops a 3D visualization app for Android that will open U3D and PRC files, we can add this to Android, and if other apps add support for opening PRC and U3D on iOS in the future, this should work with those apps automatically, as well.

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones