Archive for February, 2013

Feature Preview: Accessibility support

We are working on adding basic accessibility support in Adobe Reader on iOS. To see this in action, enable VoiceOver from Settings->General->Accessibility->VoiceOver on any iDevice. For more details on VoiceOver, please refer to iPad user manual available here.

Adobe Reader for iOS will be using standard iOS VoiceOver gestures in VoiceOver mode. In VoiceOver mode, a user can

  1. Bring focus to UI elements in the file browser, using left and right swipe. Select a specific tab or open a document using double tap.
  2. In document view, move around using standard VoiceOver gestures and use most of the tools i.e. search, upload to cloud, commenting, etc.
  3. In document view, navigate all pages of a document using either three finger left/right swipe or by using scrubber tool.
  4. In document view, Adobe Reader will start reading content of page as soon as page is brought in focus either using left/right swipe gestures or with a single tap.

This support will be available in the next Adobe Reader release for iOS.  Accessibility support on other platforms will follow soon.We believe that this is just a small step towards making Adobe Reader accessible on Mobile platforms but it’s our first and probably most important step in this direction. Please send us your valuable feedback on this feature.

Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Mobile devices


Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 8 Update Released

We are happy to announce the release of our first update of Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 8, just a little over a month after our launch.

We’ve heard a lot of great feedback from users over the past month about what they want to see added most, and we got a few of those changes out today. You should see that an update is available now!

The changes we added are:

Easier document navigation with a keyboard and mouse

We had focused so much on the Surface experience that we missed an important detail…providing an easy way for mouse users to know how to zoom in and out! It was always possible using the standard shortcut keys: Ctrl-“+” to zoom in, Ctrl-“-” to zoom out, and Ctrl-Mousewheel to zoom as you choose, but those are hidden. We added a simple [+] and [-] buttons to the screen for mouse users now! They’ll only appear when you’re using a mouse, so they aren’t in the way for touch users.

View Sticky Notes

We didn’t have this annotation displaying in our initial release, but we’ve added it in this update. And we’re busy working on allowing you to add new sticky notes, too. That should be available in our next update, along with highlighting text.

Name Change to Adobe Reader Touch

You may notice that our “Metro” version is now called Adobe Reader Touch. This will help users who have hybrid desktop systems tell which version of Adobe Reader is which in the Windows UI and control panels.

We’re still working on getting printing finished, and we plan to have that available as soon as it is. And we’ve got some other exciting things on the way as well!

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones