Adobe adds cloud access to Reader app for Android

The latest update to the Android version of Adobe Reader lets you save your PDFs online to open from another device.

Adobe's latest Reader app for Android users.
Adobe's latest Reader app for Android users. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Android users of Adobe Reader can now store their PDFs in the cloud for easy access from anywhere.

Launched yesterday, version 10.4 of Reader for Android gives you the ability to save a PDF to Acrobat.com. You can then download and read that same document on any other device running Adobe Reader. And if you add a comment or modify the file on one device, that change is synced with the version stored in the cloud.

Those of you who work with forms will also find better support in the updated Android app. Field validation and calculations can now be added to your forms, features that were introduced to the iOS version over the summer. Your PDF forms can also grab data from Adobe's online FormsCentral.

Users who need to highlight either vertical or Asian text characters will find it easier in the new Android version of Reader. And finally, the app now supports dynamic watermarks in your PDFs, which provide extra security by determining who's reading the file.

So far, only the Android app sports the latest changes. The iOS version of Adobe Reader is still stuck at version 10.3. But it's likely only a matter of time before Adobe updates the iOS app as well.

These changes to the Android app follow a host of improvements to the desktop versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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