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For a long time, Adobe Reader has been the universal cross-platform desktop application for opening and reading PDFs. But amidst the numerous existing PDF readers for iOS devices, Adobe’s contribution has come pretty late. Just this week it released the first version of Adobe Reader designed for the iPhone and iPad (it is not listed as compatible with the iPod touch). Compared to similar iOS PDF readers, Adobe Reader is lacking in many features, such as annotation and markup tools. But it is still an industry standard.

Adobe Reader doesn’t include a built-in web browser, so you must bring in PDFs from a supporting iOS web browser, an e-mail attachment, or from a file sharing service like Dropbox. Within these applications, Adobe Reader should appear as one of the supporting applications for PDFs when you tap the “Open In….” button.


Adobe Reader does support embedded annotations, drawing markups, and Sticky Notes that exists in imported PDFs, though it lacks annotation tools itself. The Reader also includes a limited search function, and a bookmarking tool. Pages can be read in continuous scroll or Single page mode, and there is a tool for quickly navigating through large files using thumbnail view. Text in PDFs can also be copied to the clipboard, but it cannot be highlighted.

As with other PDF applications, you can wirelessly print PDFs from within Adobe Reader using AirPrint. You can also share PDF files with other applications using “Open In…” as well as via an e-mail attachment.

Adobe Reader is available for free download in international languages.


Source: Addictive Tips

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  1. Kyith
    October 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

    how shitty does this compare to GoodReader? which is just awesome

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 28, 2011 at 7:41 am

      As i pointed out in the article, it doesn't compare to GR or iAnnoitate. It's Adobe made, but that's the extent of it. However, as a free PDF app, it's okay to have. 

  2. James Hyde
    October 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    It is compatible with the iPod Touch 4G. I have it.

    • Aibek
      October 28, 2011 at 6:31 am

      thanks for the input