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Transferring PDF files to iOS Devices


Adobe Reader for iOS can open and view PDF files from email, on the Web or from any application that supports the “Open In” function. This means you can easily use just about any cloud storage service that has an iOS app to sync your PDF files on your iPhone or iPad. If you’d rather transfer files to your device, that’s pretty easy too; just use iTunes. One thing to be aware of is that Spotlight is not yet able to search inside PDF files at this time so you’ll want rename your files to something meaningful prior to transferring them.

Transferring PDF files to iOS Devices:

  1. Open iTunes and plug in your iOS device.
  2. In the devices Synch panel, select Apps.
  3. Under “File Sharing”, select Adobe Reader
  4. Drag your file(s) into the “Adobe Reader Documents” area
  5. Sync your device


Your files will now show up in the Adobe Reader “Documents” window.


Why Would I Install the Adobe Reader on an iPhone or iPad?


As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Adobe Reader is now available for iPhone and iPad. But PDF files can already open natively on these devices, why install the Adobe Reader?

There are a few reasons but here’s three off the top of my head.

Third party PDF viewing tools typically cut corners when it comes to displaying PDF files specifically in areas around fonts, image types, transparency and output intent. Users of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and even Microsoft Word and PowerPoint may find that when PDF files are exported from these applications. They don’t render properly in anything other than Adobe Acrobat and Reader. The real problem is, as the recipient, you have no idea what the document should look like so you have no idea if what you’re seeing is wrong. Using the Adobe Reader is a way to ensure that you’re seeing what the author intended.

The second is around document security. Many organizations are protecting their IP using LiveCycle Rights Management. Only the Adobe Reader can open these files on mobile devices.

Last… but not least, the Adobe Reader can open PDF Portfolios and view the attached PDF files, though with out the Flash-Based UI. So far, I haven’t seen a 3rd party viewer that can do that on a mobile device.

Adobe Reader for iOS Available Now

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We are excited to announce that today, Adobe Reader for iOS is available free on the Apple App Store. Just like Adobe Reader on the desktop, now you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to quickly view and interact with the widest range of PDF file types – including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and even Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. For more details on Adobe Reader for iOS, including a video overview of the app, check out the blog post from Anuj Gupta, product manager for Adobe Reader.

And, we just released Adobe Reader 10.1 for Android, offering many of the same great features for fast, high-quality interaction with PDF files on your Android smartphones and tablets.