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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

Adobe Reader now available on Honeycomb devices

We’re pleased to announce the immediately availability of Adobe Reader 10.0.2 on the Android Honeycomb based tablets! So if you have a Xoom or any other Honeycomb based device, you should be able to go ahead and install the Reader from the Android Market right away.

If you have any feedback or comments on this release, please feel free to post your comments here or on the User-to-user forums. You can also follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Adobe Reader update requires permissions to read PDF attachments from Email and Gmail clients due to a known bug in the Android OS versions >= 2.3.

Update 5/11/2011: We hear you! The email permissions have been removed and the update is now on the Market. However, please note that due to the issue with Android versions >= 2.3 mentioned above, the first time you try and open a PDF attachment from Gmail or default Email client on your Android device it may not open. The workaround is to try again, and it should open correctly. Enjoy!

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

Adobe Reader now available on BlackBerry PlayBook

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Reader 10 on the BlackBerry PlayBook. If you have a PlayBook, you should be able to get going with the Reader right away, as it should be pre-installed on your device!

Adobe Reader on the PlayBook brings with it:

  • High-quality rendering of PDF documents
  • Open PDF files from email, web and device storage
  • Zoom using Pinch-zoom and double-tap gestures
  • Reorient the PDF in portrait and landscape views in accordance with device orientation
  • Page navigation using scrubber interface, and pan and flick gestures
Adobe Reader on the BlackBerry PlayBook


If you have any feedback or comments on this release, please feel free to post your comments here or on the User-to-user forums. You can also follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest.

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

Adobe Reader on Android now supports CCJK languages

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Adobe Reader 10.0.1 on Android. This release adds support for four new languages: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean and Japanese. Additionally, this release also supports rendering of PDF content in these languages (including non-embedded fonts).


If you already have a version of the Reader on your Android phone or tablet you can update to the latest version right away. Else visit Adobe Reader on Android Market to install the latest version. Please write to adobereader-android@adobe.com or comment on this blog post with your feedback. You can also post your queries on the User to User forums. For more details on this release, refer the release notes.

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

Now Available: Adobe Reader X for Android

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Adobe Reader X for Android phones and tablets.  Reader X is faster and more secure than the previous versions, and brings in lots of new features as well!  See below for a summary of the new features in this release.

Text Search

Reader X allows you to search for any text within a PDF document. Search results are highlighted as shown in the image below. Press the search key on your device, or the search icon in the floating top bar to enter the search mode. You can easily go back and forth between the search results using the buttons placed in the middle at the bottom of the screen, and press your device’s back button or the cross button on top-right to move out of the search mode.

Searching for text in the document


Password-protected documents

Also added in this release is support for password protected documents.  Reader X lets you view documents protected using Acrobat X or earlier (based on RC4, AES 128-bit, and AES 256-bit algorithms).

Opening a password protected document


Quickly jumping between pages in long documents

Reader X introduces a slider which can be used to quickly move between pages (in documents larger than 5 pages). You can drag this slider thumb to quickly jump to any part of the document.  You can also jump to a page by tapping at any position on the slider. The page indicator at the top left position displays the page number corresponding to the thumb position.

Jumping between pages using the Slider


Sharing a document

Also new in Reader X is the ability to easily share the currently opened document using any of the various sharing mechanisms available on your Android device. Depending on the configuration of your device, this can include sharing the document via email, Bluetooth, or various other services. Tap the Share icon in the top bar to share the document.

Sharing a document


Fit-to-Screen viewing mode

For those users who like to look at PDF documents one page at a time, Reader X introduces a new “Fit-to-Screen” viewing mode in addition to the earlier Continuous Scroll mode.  This mode is especially useful if you’re reading presentations.  Use the “View Mode” menu option to switch to this mode.

Switching to the Fit to Screen Viewing mode


While in Fit to Screen mode, you can navigate across pages in two ways: 1) Tap on the ‘hot zones’ near the left and right of the screen to take you to the previous or next page respectively, 2) Swipe the screen horizontally towards the left or right to navigate to the next or previous page respectively.

PDF Portfolios

Reader X enables you to view the contents of PDF portfolios, and to open any PDF files contained within them. You can browse through the files and directories within the PDF portfolio in a hierarchical manner.

A PDF Portfolio


Performance & Security

Thanks to a huge emphasis on performance, Reader X is visibly faster than the previous releases.  There have also been a large number of security fixes in this release making this a much more secure Reader release on this platform.

Support for Tablets

In addition to phones, Reader X has been designed to work well on Android Tablets as well.  With a larger screen on the tablets you can enjoy a high quality PDF viewing experience with Reader X.

More Languages

Reader X is available in 7 new languages (Czech, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Swedish) in addition to the previously supported English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch.

Access points to features
[Update: 11/19/2010] Based on user feedback on the Android Market, we’re posting below a visual guide to the access points for various features in Reader X.

Access points to various Reader X features


Needless to say, this is a feature packed release and we encourage you to install/update to Adobe Reader X and give us your valuable feedback.  Please write to adobereader-android@adobe.com or comment on this blog post with your feedback.  You can also post your queries on the User to User forums.

Please refer the Adobe Reader X for Android Release notes for further details about this release.

On behalf of the Reader Mobile Engineering Team

Adobe Reader now available on Windows Phone 7

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adobe Reader 9.0.0 on the Windows Phone 7 platform.  If you have a Windows Phone 7 handset, you should be able to install Adobe Reader from the Zune Marketplace right away.

Some of the key features in this release are:

  • High-quality rendering of PDF documents
  • Open PDF files from email, web and device storage
  • Zoom using Pinch-zoom and double-tap gestures
  • Reorient the PDF in portrait and landscape views in accordance with device orientation
  • Page navigation using UI buttons, and pan and flick gestures

For more details, refer to the Release Notes.

Welcome to the Reader Mobile blog!

This is the engineering blog for Adobe Reader on mobile platforms.  We welcome you aboard and look forward to interacting with you on this space!  To know more about this blog, refer the About page.

Thanks & best regards

On behalf of the Reader Mobile team