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Adobe overhauls Mobile Reader for Android and iOS, brings doodling and signatures to mobile

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Adobe overhauls Mobile Reader for Android and iOS, brings doodling and signatures to mobile
Adobe may have gotten out of the mobile Flash game, but they are still a powerhouse when it comes to documents; initially somewhat slow to get behind Adobe Reader (which allowed third party PDF readers to proliferate in the respective mobile app stores) Adobe now seems to be going full throttle, and today released a significant update to version 10.2 of Adobe Reader for both Android and iOS.

Both versions of Adobe reader saw the following updates:

  • Easily mark up PDF content with sticky notes, the freehand drawing tool or the highlight, strikethrough, and underline tools
  • Add comments anywhere in your PDF file with sticky notes
  • Fill out PDF forms
  • Use the new Ink Signature tool to sign any PDF document using your finger
  • Send PDF files to others for electronic signing using Adobe EchoSign

Additionally, owners of the new iPad should see performance gains and memory fixes when viewing PDFs on that gorgeous Retina Display.

The markup tools work well, whether you want to highlight parts of a document or simply doodle in the margins (see image below). More significant for professional users, Reader now allows you to fill out PDF forms, and both platforms have fully integrated Adobe’s EchoSign signature system. EchoSign not only allows you to legally sign a document on your phone or tablet, but also provides tools to request signatures from others, and to manage and track the status of signature requests.

Adobe introduced EchoSign to iOS last December as a standalone app, but fully integrating it into their mobile document reader across Android and iOS will increase the use of their eSignature platform exponentially.

If you haven’t tried out Adobe Reader since the days when it was one of the slower PDF readers on the market, or you just need a good eSignature system for your business, check out the source links below.

Adobe overhauls Mobile Reader for Android and iOS, brings doodling and signatures to mobile


market links: Google Play Store, Apple App Store

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posted on 10 Apr 2012, 21:30

1. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Gave it a try, works well. Great application and very convenient.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 23:22 1

2. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Agreed. I didn't want to say it too explicitly in the article, but for a long time Reader pretty much sucked - other PDF readers were faster and more feature rich. This release really puts Adobe back where it should be - driving mobile document use forward.

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