Release Date: Updated July 18, 2012
Seller: Adobe Systems, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2.5 or later.
Link to app
TiP Rating: 5/5 Stars
App Store Description:
Adobe® Reader® is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents across platforms and devices. Install the free Adobe Reader mobile app to work with PDF files on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Easily access, manage, and share a wide variety of PDF file types, including PDF Portfolios, password-protected documents, fillable forms, and Adobe LiveCycle® rights-managed PDF files.
Whether you’re a professional or casual user, Adobe Reader should be among the first apps you install on your iPhone or iPad. Not only can you view and organize PDF documents while on the go, but you can also add comments, make edits, and add your signature.
Although Apple has made it easy for you to review PDF files while on the go, the built-in iOS feature wasn’t ideal when you needed to sign something or add annotations.
Adobe Reader for iPhone and iPad is an excellent tool for people managing documents from mobile devices. The app allows you to quickly open PDF files from email, the web, or any app that supports “Open In.”
You can use bookmarks to jump directly to a section, or quickly navigate through large files using thumbnails. You have the choice between single page or continuous scroll, depending on your preferences. In single page view, you’ll have to swipe right and left; continuous lets you scroll up and down. If you’re viewing from your iPhone, you can easily zoom in on text and images. Adobe Reader looks great on the iPad’s larger screen.
The updated app has several tools for marking up a document, including a freehand drawing tool, highlighter, strikethrough, and underline. You can add text with the Typewriter tool. However, for longer notes, you can attach a sticky note to any position within the document.
I was a little disappointed that the sticky notes appeared so small after placing them. I wish they were a bit larger so they’d stand out and avoid being skimmed over. Depending on the document, you might want to add your name to the changes you’ve made for tracking. You’ll be prompted to do so after highlighting, for example.
Adobe Reader is convenient to have installed when you need to fill out forms or add your signature. The new Ink Signature tool lets you sign your name on any document using your finger. Admittedly, this is much harder on the iPhone than the iPad, especially if you have larger fingers.
For people managing several documents, you can create folders for better organization. You can also rename files, delete duplicates, and make copies to use as templates.
While this is a must-have for professionals, anyone with an email account should download Adobe Reader for their iPhone or iPad. The interface is incredibly simple — there’s really nothing to the app until you begin adding PDFs. And anything you don’t know, you can learn more about by tapping the bookmarks icon in the lower right corner.