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Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 8 adds Comments and More

We have just released Adobe Reader Touch version 1.2 for Windows 8. This update adds some of the most requested features from our users, so I’m sure that people are really going to be excited to see it!

Here’s a quick look at what we’re adding, along with a few screenshots to illustrate.

Go To Page

Navigating long documents can be challenging, even with the Semantic Zoom feature, so we’ve added Go To Page. Just tap on the page number indicator in the lower left, and you’ll be able to type your new page number. Simply tap enter on the keyboard to go to the new page, or tap away to stay on the current page. And we show a handy red background if you enter an invalid page number!

Highlight, Strikeout, and Underline text

This is one of our most popular capabilities on our other platforms, and has been the most popular request for Windows 8 since we added printing earlier this year. You can add these text markups two different ways, depending on which you are most comfortable with.

Selection: Select a range of text, and then choose the markup option from the contextual menu. To show the context menu using touch gestures, tap the selected text again. To show the context menu using a mouse, right click.

Markup Tool: There’s a new icon in the app bar that brings up the comment tools. Tap it, and you’ll see the text markup tools and the Sticky Note tool. Select the text markup too, then tap/click and drag across the text you want to mark.

Add and Edit Sticky Notes

In addition to marking up text, Sticky notes are a great way to add more information to the document you’re commenting on. We also have two ways to add notes to a document.

Long Press: Long press a spot on the document where you want to add a note, and choose “Note” from the context menu

Note tool: Just as with text markup, choose a the note tool, then tap on the document where you want to add the note.

After you’ve placed the empty note, just type the note you want to add and tap outside the sticky note to add your note to the document. You can later tap or click the note to edit it.

Save and Save As

Once you’ve made changes to a document, you’ll want to keep your additions, so we’ve also added the ability to Save your document. You can save a copy, or save back to the original file, whichever you choose. And if you open a temporary file from the internet and want to keep a copy, you can just Save As…to store it in your documents folder.

 

Give us feedback!

Remember to visit our forums if you have anything you want to share with the team, and hear from other community members

Windows 8:  http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums/metro

iOS:  http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums/ios

Android:  http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums/android

Reader Mobile update

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the latest update for Reader on Android today. The iOS update would be available very soon, pending iTunes processing. We’ve got a lot of great new functionality in this update that we’ve added based on feedback from you, our users.
Update 3/9/2013:The iOS update is now live and available on the iTunes Store.

General Usability

Go To Page One of the consistent requests we’ve had is to allow users to go directly to any page in the document. We’ve found a way to enable this in a really intuitive way, so we’ve added it now! Just tap on the page number, and you’ll be able to enter the new page you want to display.

Night Mode This is a multi-faceted feature. It is helpful for night-time reading, to generate less light pollution, it can extend your battery while reading by having your display use less electricity, it can help reduce eye strain, and it’s even good for people with some vision issues! Switch this on in the View Modes menu.

Smart Zoom Double-tap on a column of text, and Reader will zoom straight to that column making maximum use of your screen.

Screen Brightness Lock  If you’ve ever been reading something and had your screen switch to the lock screen or dim when you’re in the middle of a sentence, you’ll appreciate this. When Reader is in the foreground, we’ll keep the screen active for an extended time so you can keep reading. It will still time out eventually, but not so quickly that you need to keep tapping your device to continue reading.

Undo in Freehand Annotation Drawing a freehand Annotation is natural on a touch-screen device, but until now making a mistake has meant canceling and starting over. Now we have an Undo and Redo so you can just fix your mistakes easily!

Performance We are always looking into improving performance, and have been able to make enhancements on both iOS and Android that should make Reader more pleasant to use.

Bug Fixes We’ve been able to make bug fixes in Forms entry, as well as fixed some stability issues in this update. We’re always monitoring the forums, blog, and reviews to learn about the issues you’re encountering, and fix issues as we learn of them, so please keep communicating any problems you encounter!

Sync Last Position on Acrobat.com

We’ve added a great update  recently to our Acrobat.com file sync that you might not have noticed. Now when you read a document that is stored in Acrobat.com, we save the page you’re on in the cloud so that whenever you go to read that same document in Reader on another device, it not only makes sure that the file is the same version, but it automatically brings you to the same place you were. For users working in a multi-device world, this is a great help.

FormsCentral PDF Validation

We’re regularly adding enhancements to keep pace with FormsCentral, as well, so we’ve updated Reader to support the FormsCentral Client-Side form validation. For more information on FormsCentral, and how it can help you with creating and distributing forms, and collecting the data, read here.

Android Specific Enhancements

Google Cloud Print With Google Cloud Print integration, Adobe Reader for Android catches up to Reader for iOS, and allows you to print your PDF documents from your Android device. You’ll need to get a Google Cloud Print account and set up your printer to take advantage of this.

“Back” after  clicking an internal link or bookmark For anybody who has read a long reference document with internal links, this will be a welcome addition. After you tap on an internal link, we’ll show a “back” arrow icon next to the page number display. If you tap that, you’ll go back to the location you were on when tapping the link or bookmark. This is a feature that we only have on Android because we just ran out of time. It’ll be on iOS in our next major update in another quarter! 

iOS Specific Enhancements

VoiceOver support for Accessibility We’re really happy to say that Adobe Reader for iOS is now accessible. Low vision and blind users can now navigate through the app using the VoiceOver gestures, and Reader will read the page content out as well. There is certainly some more work that we can still do to improve this, but our Accessibility experts said that this was good enough to release, and is a major improvement over not being accessible. We are looking into bringing Accessibility out on Android during 2013 as well, but we don’t have a date for that yet.

Keyboard Support for Form-field navigation iOS users can now use the ‘Tab’ & ‘Shift+Tab’ buttons on bluetooth keyboards when filling PDF forms to navigate between fields. This improves form filling speed and efficiency.

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

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

Feature Preview: Night Mode

A pretty common customer ask has been for us to implement a “Night Mode”, to make reading documents in dark places easier…both on your eyes and on the people around you. So we’ve added a Night Mode which inverts black and white. This viewing mode helps to reduce eye strain, and can even extend your battery because your device won’t need to light up as many pixels on your display.

This will be coming in an update for iOS and Android soon, and will make it to other mobile platforms as soon as we can fit it in.

 

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

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

Feature Preview: Smart Zoom

What is a Feature Preview?

I thought it would be interesting to share some of the progress we’re making regularly, rather than having each update come along with a surprise batch of features, starting today! Expect to see a posting like this on some new feature that the team has finished a few times a month.

I won’t comment on when these features will be available, but we have regular releases. We have significant updates planned roughly quarterly, with bug fixes or minor updates in between as needed, so none of the Feature Previews I show over time will take a terribly long time to be available.

Enough explaining what I’m doing, and on to the fun!

Smart Zoom

When you’re reading something on a tablet or phone, sometimes the content isn’t at a great size to be readable, and fiddling with pinch zoom can be annoying. So we’ve implemented a Smart Zoom to make this all a little easier!

When you double-tap on a document, we look at the area of the document where you tapped, identify the “interesting” area under that and then zoom to fit that to the screen for maximum readability. It’s as simple as you tapping on what you want to look at, and we focus your view on what you want to see. And when you want to zoom back out, just double-tap again and we’ll reset to your original zoom.

It’s hard to show such a feature since there’s no visible UI, but I’ve taken some screenshots of the feature in action that should give you an idea how it works.

Say you’re looking at this document, and want to read the column of text. Just double tap over the second paragraph in the column of text:

We then analyze the document to identify what you’re interested in seeing (I highligted it in red)

And then we zoom in to fit the column to the display, so can read it!

Once you’re done, double tap again, and return to your original view!

This is a great feature, and should make reading documents a lot easier, especially on a phone where pinch zooming can be very frustrating. Let us know what you think!

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

Updated Reader for iOS and Android

Today we are releasing an updated Reader for Android. We also have an iOS version ready, but it is currently awaiting Apple’s App Review process. We will release it as soon as Apple approves it, but decided to let our Android users have access now, rather than being forced to wait!

[Update 11/8/2012] Apple finally approved the Reader and the Reader is now also available on iOS devices via the App Store.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Cloud Storage with Acrobat.com files

The biggest addition we’re making in this update is adding Cloud file storage with Acrobat.com. You can share documents between all of your devices and computers over Acrobat.com from directly within Reader. If you’re reading a document on your laptop, but need to leave for the train, just save it to Acrobat.com, and then open it on your phone or tablet. And if you make comments on the document, we’ll automatically save it back to the cloud from your device, as well. There are a lot more cool things we’ll be able to do with this capability over time now that we have it in place, so let us know how you want to use it!

            

See, there really is an iOS version!

 

Forms Interactivity

We’ve enhanced our forms interactivity in this release as well. We introduced Field validation, calculation, and formatting on iOS in the summer, and have added it to our Android version in this update. It wasn’t ready on Android back in July, and we didn’t want to make everybody wait, but now both iOS and Android are caught up! We also added support for Field Hierarchies as well.

For more information on Field Hierarchies and how to use them, see this document on devnet: http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/naming.pdf

FormsCentral PDF
If you haven’t used FormsCentral to collect data, you should give it a try: https://formscentral.acrobat.com/
One of the great things that FormsCentral added this year was the ability to create PDF forms that talk back to FormsCentral for data collection. We are now able to add support those PDFs in Mobile Reader now that we have support for Form interactivity on both iOS and Android.

Better Support for Selecting and Highlighting Asian Text 

We’ve significantly improved our handling of Asian and Vertical text, so you can now use the full range of text selection and highlighting features on Japanese, Chinese, and Korean text. This is something that a lot of our users have been asking for, so we’re happy to deliver this improvement.

Better Printing of Comments and Forms on iOS

One of the great things about iOS is the built-in printing and PDF support. However, one of the unfortunate things is that the iOS PDF engine (unlike Apple’s desktop PDF engine) doesn’t support the whole PDF specification. In particular, it can’t handle PDF Comments or Forms properly, so when users printed out their marked up documents from Reader for iOS, they’d get the document without any markup. That’s not good. We’ve worked around this limitation in our latest update, so now if you can see it, you can print it.

BTW, we’re working on getting printing working on Android, too! Stay tuned for a future update there.

Rights Management: Watermarks

A lot of our customers who are using Rights Management place dynamic watermarks on their documents to tie the document to the person who is reading it. With our latest update, Reader for iOS and Android now supports these watermarks, expanding the range of documents that can be viewed on mobile securely. Contact your LiveCycle support specialist for more information on how to configure this for your enterprise.

 

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

Bug Fix Coming for Adobe Reader for Android

We recently had a pretty big update to Adobe Reader for iOS and Android, and at the same time, Google released the Nexus 7, and Android 4.1. Between the two of these releases, some users have reported issues, and we are preparing an update for our Adobe Reader for Android to address them very shortly. We’ve already identified fixes for these issues, and we’re doing the final testing. The update should be posted in the next day or two, as soon as we can finish validating the update.

The issues we’re addressing are:

Some Documents with Italic Fonts not rendering correctly : For documents that referenced an italic font, but did not include the font in the PDF, Adobe Reader would choose a Regular, rather than Italic typeface to display the text. This issue did not affect any document that included the fonts needed to render the document, so only affected a minority of users

Occasional Crashes when clicking to view the Documents or What’s New items : Some users reported this issue, and from the feedback we were able to track down the issues and resolve them.

Display Flicker, “Fuzzy” or Blank rendering on some new Android devices : With the new OS update, and some new devices that just came out, some users reported issues with parts of their document flickering between a very fuzzy image and the final display, getting stuck on a fuzzy image, or in some cases just remaining white. This issue seems to primarily affect newer Android 4 or 4.1 devices , and we have been able to reproduce and fix the issue.

 

Adobe Reader for Android Update

We are very happy to announce that we have just posted a great new update for our Adobe Reader for Android, which returns Reflow as we promised, adds Android 4 compatibility for everybody getting their new devices, and also includes some often requested features like remembering your last position in recent documents and supporting attachments. Your feedback was critical to shaping this update, so thanks everybody for letting us know your wants and needs!

Read here for full description of what’s in the update:

http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/2011/12/adobe-reader-android-update.html

Dennis Griffin
Principal Product Manager, Adobe