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 safest file types is the Portable Document Format (PDF) and you need specialized applications to be able to access PDF files, let alone create. It’s proprietary to Adobe Acrobat Reader, which managed to make a name for itself and remain on top of other similar software thanks to continuous development.
Fresh visuals and cloud sharing for PDFs
The application is fitted with a brand new visual layer that follows the flat tiles trend of Windows 10 and does a pretty good job at implementing it. Buttons and menus all look and feel natural, with intuitive graphics and descriptions 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 opening PDF files. If you sign up for an Adobe account, you can sign in to gain access to your personal cloud, making it easy to share your docs across all supported devices.
Practical PDF reading and navigation controls with some editing features
You’re most likely familiar with common operations like opening a PDF document and setting Adobe Reader as your default application for accessible PDFs. Once opened, you benefit from an impressive amount of navigation, viewing and some editing options that can be used to your advantage.
To eliminate distractions and focus on the text shown on the screen, you can hide any unnecessary menus and switch to full screen as well as toggle multiple viewing modes. For instance, if you can’t constantly keep your eyes on the text (which isn’t even recommended due to eye strain), you can set up an automatic reader to configure and have entire documents or just lines spoken to you out loud by a digital voice.
Intuitive editing and export options
Hidden by default in Adobe Acrobat Reader, a side panel can be used for easy page selection in case you want to quickly jump to a specific part of the PDF. At the same time, the built-in search utility can be used to identify specific words or text in no time at all. Another cool thing about it is that you can better define search criteria with options to search in the document itself or custom locations, target a word or phrase, as well as configure more delicate settings like character casing, bookmarks, and comments.
If you’re using PDF documents within team collaboration projects, you might want to know these can be enhanced with comments anywhere on the page. Manipulation is also possible – not for text editing, but rather extracting it as easy as selecting and copying words. The same goes for images or any other area after dragging a box around the objects of interest.
In terms of PDF 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, saved as plain text or even delivered by email using an installed client.