Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 8 updated with print functionality

In February, Adobe updated its PDF reader app for Windows 8, changing the name from Adobe Reader to Adobe Reader Touch in the process. This week, the app received a new update and it adds a feature that we think will please most every Windows 8 user.

The change note on the Windows Store page show that new version allows users to actually print PDF files from the Adobe Reader Touch app. This is something that really should have been available from the start, but it's nice that Adobe has finally gotten around to adding this fairly basic feature to the app.

In addition to the print feature, the update adds some keyboard shortcuts for those of you who don't want to deal with the touch screen UI. The keyboard shortcuts are for the Find, Open, Print, and Close functions.

The Adobe Reader Touch app is still one of the top 50 most downloaded free Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store, and we suspect this new feature will boost its popularity even more. Folks who prefer the traditional desktop UI should continue to use the free Adobe Reader software for their PDF reading and printing needs.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Adobe

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Welcome to the world of Metro, where even the most basic functionality that's been around for 2 decades is now considered a feature that needs to be added on later. Pitiful.

I've been able to print from the Adobe Reader Touch app this whole time. What are you guys talking about? (Haven't updated my app yet either)

Maybe Adobe simply added a Print button to the app bar despite being able to print from the app all along via the devices charm? I'm pretty sure MS did the same thing with their Reader app.

Here we have one more common miracle of human mind - to invent a typewriter - and 100 years in some app that serves a single purpose somehow forget why people ever invented typewriters at all - to get their crap on the paper.

If an app doesn't meet my expectations, I have wasted my time. I insist that I be allowed to whine about it at length, for I will be the only one who decides the value of my time.

Sir Techbeck above is far more tolerant about this then I'd like to be. Perhaps indeed for the better.

Maybe for you. The last time I had to print a PDF is years ago.
Everything is digital, even signing documents is digital. All cooperations and even my government has the digital option.
Of course I am not fully sure if its the same in your country. But here in mine, printing documents to paper hasn't been needed for 2 years at least.

Sadly yes, it's different in my country. It seems like a pitiful waste of time and resources, but law requires to print and hand-sign every little invoice and delivery document that comes with the smallet package (I'm in retail) and keep for, afaik, 5 years. They all come online as PDFs.
Can't say that it's truly for the worse, though. One distributor just changed their whole system testing it pretty much live, and older documents were nowhere to be found. Had to dig our immense paper archives and scan some of them back as a proof of purchase.

It sure is a change. They started it here many years ago and its been a pain But when you get through the first years and when its balanced. Government stays both, almost every company, including internet ones still offer the paper variation.
It took years for all documents to become digitalized
Hope the transition goes faster with you then the 10+ years it took us.

Love doing my taxes digitally.... Download program, login in with government account... click next a bunch of times. and send it up )

It is a free app that you are not forced to use. If you take great offense to such an app, I suggest that you do not download nor install it, that is what I did. Or, if you think you know the software development process better, might I suggest you use your vast experience to write your own PDF reader.

I haven't bothered to own a printer for years because I rarely need to print anything. I'm sure I'm not alone and there are plenty of people out there who are more interested in having an app that allows them to view pdfs on screen than to print. In this day and age printing should be a niche requirement.

SoylentG said,

It is a free app that you are not forced to use. If you take great offense to such an app,

So since it is free, it is ok that they leave out a key function found in pretty much every other peice of software? And where do get I am taking offense? I asked a question, that was all.


Or, if you think you know the software development process better, might I suggest you use your vast experience to write your own PDF reader.

This comment wasnt necessary and has nothing to do with what I asked. I dont have any experience in creating apps but I dont need to to realize that this feature should of been include when the app was released. Or the app should of been labeled as beta as it obviously wasnt finished. Its common sense.

jakem1 said,
I haven't bothered to own a printer for years because I rarely need to print anything. I'm sure I'm not alone and there are plenty of people out there who are more interested in having an app that allows them to view pdfs on screen than to print. In this day and age printing should be a niche requirement.

I agree, personally I dont print a lot. But at work, people print off PDFs all the time and since we standardize on Adobe to read our PDFs, this would of caused issues. Luckily we only have a couple Surface deployed so far testing and not really using PDFs.

techbeck said,

So since it is free, it is ok that they leave out a key function found in pretty much every other peice of software? And where do get I am taking offense? I asked a question, that was all.

This comment wasnt necessary and has nothing to do with what I asked. I dont have any experience in creating apps but I dont need to to realize that this feature should of been include when the app was released. Or the app should of been labeled as beta as it obviously wasnt finished. Its common sense.

If the app does not meet your expectations, then don't install it, it is as simple as that. If you have downloaded and installed it, you are out nothing but a few seconds of your time to notice that it does not print, and to quickly uninstall it.


This reminds me of some comedian (I cannot remember his name for certain so I will not say it so I am not wrong) who was talking about cell phones, and how everybody whines and complains about them. And yet, 100 years ago, if two people over long distances wanted to talk with one another, one would have to write a letter, give it to someone, wait a month or two, and another month or two later you may or may not get a response.

Here we have a miracle of the human mind, they were able to harness nature to create the circuit, miniaturize it, harness electromagnetism, and with many other incredibly ingenious inventions, we have a computer that allows you to transfer messages and documents over vast distances, sometimes to even other planets, nearly instantaneously, from a very small to very large form factor. But you cannot print so it is all a colossal failure and Adobe should be ashamed of themselves.

techbeck said,

I agree, personally I dont print a lot. But at work, people print off PDFs all the time and since we standardize on Adobe to read our PDFs, this would of caused issues. Luckily we only have a couple Surface deployed so far testing and not really using PDFs.

Pretty easy workaround... just use the default Reader app to print.

In any case, it's good that this is fixed now.

Brandon Live said,
Does this have any advantages over the Microsoft PDF reader?

In Adobe Reader, the text remains crisp when you're zoomed in, because it re-renders to the current viewport.

In Microsoft Reader, text is a blurry mess when you're zoomed in. It appears to render at a few discrete percentage, looks like 100% and 200%. If you zoom in to 400% or 800%, it looks terrible.

Note that Microsoft Reader renders PDFs faster than Adobe Reader. This may be why.

Microsoft Reader doesn't use Cleartype thats why its jaggy in Windows 8
Does Adobe Touch still use Cooltype even on Windows 8?

I cannot even begin to imagine a single objective reason why such essential function was omitted.
It's a frightening trend that these days just about every piece of software comes out probably even before it hits what could be considered internal beta.

Gah...

On the other hand, if the Adobe Reader team decided to wait until "it's done right", they would never be able to get anything out the door...

Relativity_17 said,
On the other hand, if the Adobe Reader team decided to wait until "it's done right", they would never be able to get anything out the door...

Releasing unfinished apps isnt a good thing either. Especially since printing is a standard function. So either printing wasnt working, or they forgot. Either way, the app was released to soon.