Adobe Reader for iPhone and iPad Gets PDF Markup, Form Completion, More

Adobe, the California-based software giant, has released a major update to its Adobe Reader iOS app that first debuted in October. Version 10.2.0 of Adobe Reader gets several new features, including the ability to mark up PDF files with virtual sticky notes, freehand drawing and highlighting, strikethrough and underlining tools plus the ability to complete PDF forms.

The full list of what’s new in this version is as follows:

  • 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
  • Performance and Memory fixes for new iPad

While this isn’t an earth-shatteringly exciting update (no offense to the iOS developers at Adobe), Adobe is finally offering some features here that other apps in the App Store have offered for a while, and usually not for free. It’s nice to see the creator of the PDF standard itself expand the functionality of its iOS app. Adobe has posted more details about the new features on its blog here.

Version 10.2.0 of Adobe Reader hit the App Store yesterday and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and higher, the 3rd-generation iPod touch and higher and all iPad models. The app requires iOS 4.2.5 or higher.


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Producer of PDF Expert must be very upset. Though that’s a very powerful and decent app, many do buy it solely for filling forms ans signing paper, and the company knows it, they put these features on their names in appstore!


I wonder why the iOS version of Adobe Reader doesn’t have text reflow like it does on Android… Although I use my iPod touch almost exclusively for playing, I never read books on it because of this. I really like having the text reflow feature on my Android phone.

Freek Sanders

Still missing the ability to view two documents next to each other.
Will keep using Easy Annotate, as that app can. Like it!


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