Author Archive: Gaurav Jain

Update on stability issues with Highlighting Text in Reader on iOS

Since the last update we’ve been hearing a number of users report stability issues with highlighting text in PDFs, and the team has been working hard to identify the root cause. Refer this forum page for more information.

The team has been working closely with a number of our users to get test files, etc. as the issue was extremely elusive and almost never showed up locally. Thanks to the teams’ diligence and the outstanding help from our users, we have identified and resolved the issue in our latest version of Reader that we just released on the App Store. We’re also continuing to further strengthen the stability of the product as we go along.

You’re encouraged to update to the latest version on your iOS device, and as always, let us know if you see any issues.

Gaurav Jain
Sr. Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

All New – Adobe Reader for iOS7

We recently released the latest version of Adobe Reader on iOS, and this time the Reader has an all-new look with iOS7! In addition, we’ve enhanced and improved many other features. Here’s a quick look at some of these features.

Revamped Home Screen

The home screen of Adobe Reader has been revamped with the new iOS7 look and new color scheme. You now also have easy access to your most recently viewed files directly on the home screen.

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In-App Help (Handbook)

Adobe Reader now has an in-built help section that can be accessed at any time to learn more about the features and capabilities of the App. So go ahead and navigate under Help > Handbook to learn more!

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Sleek iOS7 UI

You’ll notice the Reader app now has a sleek UI with iOS7 compatible icons and interface elements. The scrubber that is used to navigate between pages is also sleeker and complements the new look of the Reader.

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Faster Single File Operations

You can now take multiple actions on a single file directly from the file list view by using the new horizontal swipe gesture (right-to-left) on any row. The available actions show up right on the row for quick access (such as Share, Rename and Delete).

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Improved Text Selection

We’ve introduced a “magnifier” view to help with more accurate text selection for highlighting or striking out text. This could be especially useful on iPhones and iPods where the text may not be easily visible in the default zoom state.

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And there’s much more! You’re encouraged to update the app from the App Store now and give it a spin! We’re continuously working to improve the product and address issues reported by our customers. Please feel free to report any issues you may find in the Reader by sending an email to our support forums at adobereader-ios at adobe.com or post a comment on this blog post.

On behalf of the Reader Mobile team

Gaurav Jain
Sr. Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

Adobe Reader for Android (10.4.2) update

We’re pleased to let you know that we just released an update to the Reader on Android (version 10.4.2) on the Google Play Store. This update includes Smart Zoom feature that Dennis talked about in the previous post, plus some bug fixes, and we’d love to hear feedback on the same!

Gaurav Jain
Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

Adobe Reader for Android (10.3.2) update

We recently released Adobe Reader for Android update, version 10.3.2, on the Google Play Store. This update includes a number of bug fixes, so we encourage you to go ahead and update. And as always, keep the feedback coming!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.reader

Gaurav Jain
Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

Adobe Reader for Android update (10.3.1) now available!

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Reader for Android update, version 10.3.1, on the Google Play Store. All issues mentioned on this post are fixed in this update, so we encourage you to go ahead and update!

Gaurav Jain
Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

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

Adobe Reader for Android update (10.2.1) now available

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Reader for Android update, version 10.2.1, on the Google Play Store. All issues mentioned on this post are fixed in this update, so we encourage you to go ahead and update!

Gaurav Jain
Engineering Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets

Now Available: Comments, Forms and more on Adobe Reader for iOS & Android

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of the latest update of Adobe Reader on iPads, iPhones, iPods and Android phones and tablets. This is a major update, and brings with it major functionality including Commenting, Form-filling and more, and all this for free! Watch the Adobe TV video below for a quick overview of the new features in this release, and read on for further highlights of what’s new in this release.

Sticky Notes

You can now create sticky note comments and place them anywhere on the document. You can modify existing sticky note comments, or move them to a different location on the page, or delete them. And all this with simple touch gestures! Simply long press on any location of the page to add a sticky note at that location, or go via the dedicated Commenting Toolbar at the top.

Creating a new note on an iPad
Moving an existing note on a Motorola Xoom


Text Markups

Reader 10.2 supports creation, modification and deletion of text markup annotations, including Highlights, Strikeouts and Underlines. The easiest way to add these is by selecting some text (via the long-press gesture) and then choosing Highlight, Strikeout or Underline from the context menu. If you’re looking to use multiple Commenting tools in succession, you can use the Commenting Toolbar, and very easily create multiple comments in a single session. Also, the Reader allows you to change properties such as color and opacity of text markup annotations, or clear/delete a comment, by simply selecting it and using the context menu.

Highlight & Underline on an iPad
Changing opacity of Strikethrough on a Motorola Xoom


Free-hand drawing tool

Did you miss the scribble or drawing tool on your tablet or phone? Wait no more! Reader 10.2 brings with it full support for creating free-hand annotations – just choose the ‘Freehand’ option from the context menu, or the Pencil button from the Commenting Toolbar, and you’ll be presented with a full-screen canvas where you can showoff your artistic talents! You can also modify properties of an existing drawing such as color, opacity and thickness, and choose to move/resize or delete a drawing that you no longer need. And all these changes are saved back into your PDF document seamlessly in the background!

Creating a Freehand drawing on an iPad
Resizing/Moving a Freehand drawing on a Motorola Xoom


Ink Signature

Reader 10.2 also brings in a very useful feature that lets you place your signature on documents right within the Reader, that would otherwise require you to go via the Print > Sign > Scan workflow. Again, you can do this by choosing the Signature button from the Commenting Toolbar, or via the ‘Signature’ option from the context menu. Pretty easy!

Creating an Ink Signature on the Canvas
After placing the Ink Signature on the Page


Acrobat Forms

PDF forms are widely used by end users, enterprises, government, and other sectors for reliable data exchange, and Adobe Reader 10.2 brings all new support for filling and submitting these forms right from your phone or tablet device! Note that in this release only PDF forms created by Acrobat are supported, and not those created by Adobe LiveCycle Designer.

Fill-able form on iPad (initial view with highlighted fields)
In the process of filling the form


Adobe EchoSign Integration

With Reader 10.2, you can now get your PDF documents signed in minutes using Adobe EchoSign. Simply choose the ‘Send for Signature’ option from the menu and you’re ready to go! For more information about Adobe EchoSign, click here.

Menu for Send for Signature
The EchoSign landing page


PDF links

Reader 10.2 introduces support for both intra-document links (like Table of Contents) and web links. Also, it’s easy in Reader 10.2 to identify such links as they’ll show up with a light blue background.

Intra-document Links on Android
Weblink confirmation alert on iPad


Document Security

For document with certain restrictions, Adobe Reader honors those restrictions. For example, if the author of the PDF document has disallowed commenting, then Adobe Reader 10.2 will honor that and will not allow commenting on it.

Security alert on an iPad
Security Lock icon on a Droid



Search files in File Browser

In this update we’ve also added the neat little feature that lets you quickly search for files in your Documents list. On iOS, just scroll the documents list down and you’ll see the Search Bar emerge from the top; and on Android, tap on the search glass icon on the top right to bring up the Search Bar. As you start typing the name (or part of name) of the document you’re looking for, the search list will be filtered based on that text. So, no need for frantic scrolls in long document lists any more!

File Search filter on an iPhone
File Search filter on a Droid


Thumbnails in File Browser

Another neat enhancement to the File Browser is the display of thumbnails for files recently opened in the Reader. This makes it easy to identify recently viewed files, and provides for a richer experience.

Thumbnails in File Browser on an iPhone
Thumbnails in File Browser on a Droid


Other enhancements

Some other enhancements in Reader 10.2 include:

  • Enhancements to performance and responsiveness
  • Email attachments opened in Android Reader are now stored on permanent storage, and are available for view/modification even after the document is closed.
  • The last viewed position in a document is remembered and restored when the document is re-opened at a later time. This is new on iOS with Reader 10.2, and already exists on Android since Reader 10.1.1.
  • Enhancements to Portfolios list and File Attachments on iOS: You can now view non-PDF children in PDF portfolios, and PDF File attachments on the iOS Reader. These capabilities already exist on Android since Reader 10.1.1
  • You can now delete files from within Adobe Reader’s File Browser on Android. Just tap and hold on a file, and then select the option menu item! On iOS you can delete files by the horizontal swipe gesture on the file row.

Note: On Android, Adobe Reader now requests for the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission in order to save changes back to PDF documents.

Try it now!
We encourage you to install or update to Reader 10.2, 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

Where’s Reflow in Adobe Reader for Android 10.1?

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded, installed, and provided feedback on the most recent update for Adobe Reader for Android 10.1. While many users are happy with the updates we made in the release, we clearly made a mistake in removing the Reflow feature. We hear your comments and it’s our top priority to bring this feature back as quickly as possible. Stay tuned to this blog for updates regarding this.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback.

On Behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

Introducing Adobe Reader on iOS, and 10.1 update on Android

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Adobe Reader – the global standard for reliably viewing and consuming PDF documents – on iPads, iPhones and iPods. Also, simultaneously available is the Reader 10.1 update on Android tablets and phones. Reader 10.1 is fast, secure and brings in lots of new features and capabilities. See below for a summary of the new features in this release.

All-new iOS Support

Reader 10.1 is now available on iOS devices, including iPhone, iPod and iPad. The UI has been designed to provide an optimal experience whether you’re using an iPhone or an iPad. The iOS Reader is at feature parity with the Android version of the Reader, and in addition to the features new to 10.1 (described below), it includes features such as:

  • Text Search
  • Viewing Password-protected documents
  • Sharing documents via the “Open In…” command
  • Multiple Viewing modes
  • Viewing PDF Portfolios

Also check out the Adobe Reader on iOS Video Tutorial on Adobe TV for a quick overview.

For more information about these features, refer our earlier blog post.

Getting Started with Adobe Reader on iOS
iPad UI – Portrait
iPad UI – Landscape


Tablet friendly UI

Even on Android, this update brings a customized UI on Tablets versus Phones, and provides an optimal user experience on both form factors. The UI has been redesigned to provide a more engaging experience.

Please Note: Options available via the system menu on Android have now moved to the menus on the top-bar, which is accessible via a single-tap gesture near the center of the screen (refer screenshots below).

Android UI – Tablet (1)
Android UI – Tablet (2)
Android UI – Landscape


Navigation using Bookmarks

This has been one of the most requested features, and we’re pleased to bring Bookmarks support to this release! Documents that contain bookmarks present an easily accessible UI entry point (at the extreme right of the bottom-bar) to bring up the Bookmarks pane. You can use the navigational buttons to expand and collapse the Bookmarks hierarchy, and just tap on a Bookmark to navigate to the target location in the document.

Please Note: The Bookmarks button is only visible if the document contains Bookmarks, and is hidden otherwise.

Bookmarks – iPad
Bookmarks – Android


Text Selection and Copy

Reader 10.1 introduces the capability to select and copy text from the PDF document to the device clipboard for use in other applications. You can access this feature very easily via the tap-and-hold gesture on top of the desired text, and use the text selection grabbers to adjust the selection that needs to be copied. In case you got worried, Adobe Reader honors the permissions settings in the document, and text copy is not enabled for documents that are copy-protected.

Text Selection – iPad
Text Selection – Android


Print on iOS

On iOS, Adobe Reader lets you print your PDF documents wirelessly via the AirPrint framework. Note that, just like copy, Print is disallowed for documents if they have been authored to be print-protected. Also, Adobe Reader on iOS will disallow printing documents whose print settings have been set to ‘Low Resolution’ since AirPrint does not support this setting. For more information about AirPrint, check out Apple’s AirPrint page.

Print Menu
Print Dialog


View Comments

Also new in Reader 10.1 is the capability to view existing comments that are part of the PDF. Just tap on the desired comment and you’ll see a pop-up UI that will show all the comment text, including embedded replies.

Viewing comments on iPhone
Viewing comments on Android


Performance & User Experience

We continue to focus on performance and user experience, and expect users to see a visible difference as they consume PDFs in Reader 10.1. Some of the key areas we’ve addressed in this release include:

  • Faster document open time, and faster page flips.
  • Always responsive UI.
  • Smoother pinch-zoom experience, with pan-as-you-pinch support.
  • Visibly less ‘white’ as you navigate the document.
  • Intermediate rendering feedback for complex documents, such as Maps (see example screenshots below).
Intermediate Feedback
After rendering completed


Scrubber Thumbnails

Jumping between pages was never that easy – Reader 10.1 introduces Page Thumbnails that are shown as you drag the slider bar to jump between pages. You can now easily preview the page that you want to navigate to before making the decision to do so.

Scrubber Thumbnail on iOS
Scrubber Thumbnail on Android


And that’s not all!

Some other key new features in this release include:

  • Support for viewing PDFs protected by Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management (*).
  • Support for viewing PDF Packages (in addition to PDF Portfolios.)
  • Higher quality image rendering.
  • Better security and robustness.
  • Support for deleting PDFs from the file list on iOS (using the swipe gesture.)

(*) Note: Reader 10.1 on Android requests for Network Permissions during installation. This is required for validation of user credentials for PDFs protected using Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management.

Try it now!
We encourage you to install or update to Reader 10.1, 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

Note: You might want to review our FAQs for Adobe Reader on Android as your question may already be answered!

Stay in touch

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team