Adobe Acrobat Reader (formerly Adobe Reader)

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Powerful and user-friendly software that lets you view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files while allowing you to add comments, perform search operations and more

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A computer can be equipped with a whole bunch of different text editors, each with its own set of features for more variety and styles, file support and security. One of the most popular and safe is the Portable Document Format and you need specialized applications to view them, let alone create. Amongst others, Adobe Acrobat Reader has managed to make a name for itself for reading PDF files, and is now more powerful than ever.

Fresh visuals and Cloud access

The application is fitted with a brand new visual layer that follows the Flat tiles trend and does a pretty good job at implementing it. Buttons and menus all look and feel natural, with intuitive drawings accompanying them to make accommodation a walk in the park for newcomers.

With the main window up, various areas and tools can be accessed with ease, thus serving as a dashboard and starting point for PDF viewing. In addition, you can sign in to your Adobe account in order to gain access to your Document Cloud for easy sharing and saving, as well as the possibility to add a Microsoft SharePoint account and easily grab files from there.

Full screen and automatic reading

You're most likely familiar with procedures to open a PDF document, with this app requesting to be used as your default reader, which is a neat feature. Once opened, you benefit from an impressive amount of navigation, viewing, and even editing options to use to your advantage.

Using the application just for reading purposes is a highly-plausible scenario. A dedicated state can be triggered to make any other unnecessary element go away, or simply switch to a full screen view. However, if you can't constantly keep your eyes on the text, you can use an automatic reader which you can configure and have entire documents or just lines spoken to you out loud using an installed voice system from your computer.

Intuitive editing and export options

Hidden by default, a side panel can be used for easy page selection in case you want to quickly jump to a specific part. On the other hand, the built-in search utility can be used to identify specific words or text strings in no time at all. But wait, an advanced counterpart gives you the possibility to better define search criteria with options to search in the document itself or custom locations, target word or phrase, as well as more delicate settings like character casing, bookmarks, and comments.

If you're using PDF documents in a team, you might want to know these can be enhanced with comments anywhere on the page. Manipulation is also possible, but not for editing of text, but rather extracting it as easy as selecting and copying it. The same goes for images or any other area by dragging a box around objects of interest.

In terms of export, a common method is printing, where different options let you carefully adjust page elements and specifications. What's more, the document can be saved with any changes or added comments to the same format, exported as plain text, or even delivered by email using an installed client.

A few last words

Bottom line is that Adobe Acrobat Reader manages to stay ahead of competition by delivering new, fresh features with every update. Starting with the clean visual design, large variety of management and viewing options, as well as the highly-intuitive interface, the application makes sure you have everything you need for working with Portable Document Formats.

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