With PDFs as ubiquitous as they are, it’s almost hard to imagine a time where sending a document to someone was an absolute chore, and dealing with multiple file formats made universal compatibility hard to come by. In that sense, we’re a bit spoiled by how easy things have become, but there’s still been room for improvement. Smartphones, for example, have long been able to view PDF files, but lacked some of the features that get regular use in the desktop versions of Adobe Reader. Today, Adobe begins bringing a whole of bunch of them to iOS and Android, announcing a major update to Reader.
Adobe is all over the place with new features in this release, and most of them have to do with marking-up documents. You can now highlight, underline, and strike-out text as you read through a document, noting passages to refer-to or ignore later. If you want to save a message to yourself, Reader now supports adding sticky notes to files. If you’d rather go more free-form, you can use your phone’s touchscreen to draw right on the display and save your notes back to the PDF files. Almost as an extension of that free drawing mode, Reader now lets you easily add a signature to legal documents.
Reader also gets support for PDFs containing form elements, letting you complete them on your phone without having to ever print anything out. There’s also new compatibility with some PDF features the app didn’t previously support, like in-document hyperlinks and enforcement of embedded usage restrictions. Smaller tweaks include an easier-to-get-at search and document thumbnail display.
Adobe Reader 10.2 is available for iOS and Android now.