Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 8 updated with several features

The Adobe Reader Touch app for Windows 8 is still one of the most popular free apps for Microsoft's OS; it has been in the top 50 most downloaded free Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store since it launched in December. In April, Adobe finally added a way to print PDF files from the app.

This week, the app received yet another big update in the Windows Store, adding quite a few new and highly requested features. One of them as you can see in the screenshot above, allows users to add notes to PDF files for the first time. Users can also view notes that have been attached to text markup.

Yet another new feature that Adobe Reader Touch owners will greatly appreciate in this new update is Save and Save As. Yes, you can now finally save any changes you make to a PDF document. There's also a way to highlight, strike out, and underline text in PDF files with this new update.

Finally, the Adobe Reader Touch puts in a new "Go To Page" so users can quickly navigate to any page in the document, which is helpful with especially large PDF files.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Adobe

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Oh wow, the fact you can now highlight etc... I would seriously consider a Surface RT for reading research papers. I just wish the RT had a good digitizer - I don't know what it's like using a capacitive pen on a normal screen? Perhaps if there's a 10" Surface RT 2

cleverclogs said,
Oh wow, the fact you can now highlight etc... I would seriously consider a Surface RT for reading research papers.

For what it's worth, you've been able to do that in the MS PDF Reader since the beginning.

For some reason every windows 8 device does not work well with capacitive stylus. I have no idea why but do NOT buy a win8 device thinking you can just use a capacitive stylus like on an ipad. I made that mistake with my surfaceRT.

Justin Jones said,
For some reason every windows 8 device does not work well with capacitive stylus. I have no idea why but do NOT buy a win8 device thinking you can just use a capacitive stylus like on an ipad. I made that mistake with my surfaceRT.

That's strange... I have a Surface Pro and the stylus works fine. And my coworker has a Surface RT and the stylus works fine too. Maybe you have a wonky stylus? lol Also you can't really compare the iPad with Windows 8, since iPad is one device and Windows 8 has a number of devices to choose from, so there could be hardware issues with OEMs, but with both Surfaces I haven't seen any stylus issues. In fact, I like how it works much better on my Surface than on my old iPad.

I have a vaio duo 11 and the digitizer stylus works great. It's the capacitive stylus that don't work well in win8. I actually took a bunch of them to best buy and tested every win8 touch screen and they all work perfectly with a finger, but horribly with a capacitive stylus. Lines are very jaggy and you have to press very hard to get an actual line otherwise all you get is a row of dots. It's a bug that I hope blue will fix.

I'll agree on the spotty capacitive stylus at times. The Nook pen actually ended up working the best for me. Still not a real pen/digitizer though. That's prob number one on my want list for RT2.

One may not realise but its a very bold move and in the right direction. Buying a hundred bucks software just for saving some minor changes never made sense.

Also, Adobe has so many revenue channels now, so it makes sense it starts giving away more features in its free software versions.

Reader was free. Acrobat Professional wasn't. The features you see listed above were never available in Reader before. So, it's the first time for Adobe!

Ummm... you could always print from this app. You just had to go to the charm bar > Devices > (printer name). The only difference now is they added a print button for those that don't know how to use the charm bar.

j2006 said,
Ummm... you could always print from this app. You just had to go to the charm bar > Devices > (printer name). The only difference now is they added a print button for those that don't know how to use the charm bar.

Wrong. The initial Adobe Reader did not have printing functionality, not even in the Devices charm. The Microsoft PDF Reader did, but that's an entirely different app.

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