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 acrobat.com 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.

-Rahul
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

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

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

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

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 (10.1) now available for Windows Phone 7.5

We are happy to announce that a new version of Adobe Reader (10.1) for Windows Phone 7.5 is now available. We are excited to see this update, and hope that you are as well! Here is a summary of what is new in this version.

Updated File browser

We have added a Panoramic File browser. You can easily list your recently viewed PDF files as well as see a complete list of all PDF files available in Adobe Reader.

               

 Search, Select and Copy Text

You can now search for words and phrases in a document. In addition, you can select text and copy it to paste into other applications.

                

 Navigate using Scrubber and Bookmarks

We have added ability to navigate using Bookmarks in a PDF document. If there are bookmarks available, you will see an icon on lower right hand corner of the document. Clicking that icon will display the bookmarks in this document. Tapping on a bookmark will bring you to the right location in the document.

You can also navigate to any page quickly using the Page Scrubber at the bottom of the display. Just tap and drag the Scrubber, and you’ll be shown thumbnails of the pages, so you can identify and go directly to the page you are looking for.

               

Open password protected files and Portfolios

We have addressed one of the most common requests by adding the ability to open password protected documents.We have also added support for PDF portfolios by showing you a listing of all of the contents in the portfolio, and letting you tap to open and view any of the enclosed documents.

 

               

In addition, we have made significant performance improvements throughout the application, so your reading experience should be much improved.

Try it now!
Install or update to Adobe Reader 10.1 for Windows Phone and send us your feedback via Adobe forum listed below.

http://forums.adobe.com/community/adobe_reader_forums/winphone

 [Update - 1]

A new version of Adobe Reader 10.1.1 for Windows Phone 7.5 is released today. This release provides some critical bug fixes. Please update to this version and continue to send us feedback.

[Update - 2]

We have fixed the issue due to which Adobe Reader on some Windows phone devices was downgraded to Adobe Reader 9.0. Please upgrade to the latest version and you should get Adobe Reader 10.1.1 for Windows Phone 7.5. Thanks for your patience while we were working on this fix and please continue to send your feedback.

 

Rahul Bansal
Product Manager
Adobe Reader for Smartphones and Tablets