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.
We have reported earlier of Adobe’s wishes to include sandboxing technologies to its Adobe Reader. The idea has seen fruition and now, Adobe has released Adobe Reader with sandbox.
Adobe Reader has always been hot on the list of exploited and vulnerable software. This sandbox can significantly reduce such security holes coming from Adobe Reader and we expect to see a relatively secure Adobe Reader from now on.
The new security is being called “Protected mode” by Adobe and it is supposed to block all attempts by infected PDF files to read/write data into the registry and execute any scripts. The read access will be limited in future versions of the sandbox. Though, the write access restriction is already in place.
The sandbox in place, however, is not completely secure and Adobe accepts this too. However, it will do away with some common exploits and it will take these hackers some more effort to get across this protection. In addition, Java has surfaced as the most attacked software over the last year and this takes a considerable amount of attacker-load off Adobe Reader for some time.
Adobe Reader X has been released for Windows, Mac and Android. A Linux version is yet to come and the sandbox is available and relevant only on Windows.
Get Adobe Reader here.
Adobe has been developing several new apps for the Android platform, with the release of Flash 10.1 for Android and Adobe Air for Android, Adobe has now officially released the Adobe Reader App for Android.
The new Adobe Reader App for Android offers multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, double-tab-zoom, flick-scrolling and panning. The Adobe team have also added a "reflow" mode which will automatically wrap content in text-heavy documents with wide margins for easier viewing on the small phone screen.
The Adobe Reader app for Android is available for Android 2.1 and above and supports Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone and Google Nexus One. The app may work on other Android devices too, however it may work just fine.
Users can download Adobe Reader for Android from the Android market place for free. For more information and videos visit the official announcement post by Adobe here.
According to the security bulletin at Adobe:
Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader 9.2 and Acrobat 9.2 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Reader 8.1.7 and Acrobat 8.1.7 for Windows and Macintosh. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
If you are using Adobe Reader 9.2 or Reader 8.1.7, it is highly recommended that you apply the patch. You can download Adobe Reader 9.3 or Reader 8.2 from the official download page.