On Monday, Adobe finally released its dedicated PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad, which it used to leave to a number of competitors like GoogleReader or Apple’s own iBooks while focusing on dominating the market on PC desktops. Introduced on the company’s corporate blog, the application allows you to view PDF files on the Web and from email as well as in any iOS app supporting “Open in” function.
Apart from basic viewing, the new Reader provides some nice extra features and interactive possibilities. Users are now able to load annotations, portfolios, packages and drawing markups. The application also lets you open password-protected documents or files secured by Adobe LiveCycle. As it has been already mentioned, PDF files can be launched via any iOS title, which is extremely convenient.
Along with search and bookmarking support, there is also an option allowing you to select and copy text from the viewed document. Reading is available in both single-page and scrolling modes, with resizable text you can reduce or magnify to fit your eyes. The app provides a thumbnail viewer, just like in the desktop software, to easily navigate around the document quickly jumping to specific pages. PDF files can be attached to your emails or printed directly from an iOS-enabled device via Airprint.
The iOS-based Adobe Reader is up for free downloading, unlike the pricey CreatePDF the company had launched a few months ago. The app was offered for $10 allowing users to convert original MS Office, OpenOffice and Staroffice documents into PDF files. Now you can view them on your iPad, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3 or later without having to pay a cent. Supporting a wide range of languages from English to Czech and Turkish with more to come, the new Reader requires at least iOS 4.2.5.