Adobe Systems announced the release of the Adobe Reader for the iOS-platform. The Adobe Reader was released for Android way back in May, 2010.
The Adobe Reader is compatible on systems with iOS 4.2.5 or later. It is a relief to be able to view PDF documents with Adobe after all this time. I am unsure about what possible marketing strategies caused the delay between Adobe and Apple for the release of this product. The iTouch/iPhone and iPad versions are similar in all aspects, except the screen size.
A project manager at Adobe has been quoted saying the following about its features.
“Now you can quickly and efficiently view the widest range of PDF file type â€” including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.”
- It is linked to the mail client, Safari, and other similar apps (example, DropBox). This allows you to easily open PDF documents.
- The interface is easy to use and perceptive.
- There are three options to view pages; Continuous, Single Page, and Automatic.
- It is easy to move to the page you want with the scrubber bar (that appears at the bottom of the page), which also displays a thumbnail of the page that you move it to.
- It can handle encrypted and password-protected PDF documents.
- You can copy text and place it on the clipboard.
- It has “AirPrint” that allows you to print your PDF files wirelessly.
- You can access your PDF files under “Documents” (aka the Library) or “Recently Viewed”.
- It has the Bookmarks option.
- You cannot arrange your PDF files into folders.
- It does not support attachments.
Before the Adobe Reader was released, I usually used iBooks to read my PDF documents on the iTouch or iPad.
Some of the iBook features like the ability to manually adjust the brightness of the page and the large thumbnail preview of the pages are not present in the Adobe Reader interface, but I do not notice the absence of these features.
Images used are from iTunes.