Adobe Reader Windows 8 app updated with new name

In December, Adobe released its free Adobe Reader app for Windows 8 and RT devices for reading PDF documents. The app has since become one of the most downloaded apps in the Windows Store and is now currently the fifth most popular free app for Microsoft's new operating systems.

This week, Adobe released a new version of the app in the Windows Store that also changes its name to Adobe Reader Touch. While no reason was given for the name change, we suspect that Adobe wanted to alter the name so it was labeled differently than the standard Adobe Reader software, which is also listed in the Windows Store as a desktop app.

The new version has a couple of other changes, including some improvements for mouse users for zooming into documents, as well as adding a way to view Sticky Note annotations.

As we have noted before, Microsoft has put in support for reading PDF files with its own in-house Reader app in Windows 8. However, judging on how popular the Adobe Reader Touch app is in terms of its download position in the Windows Store, it seems like many Windows 8 users prefer to access Adobe's own app instead of Microsoft's Reader software.

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So, whats the point, if you cant print a pdf?... Mayor fail IMHO, i still use the ol' reader desk app. Native PDF viewer lags a lot...

NitroPDF Reader here I the Desktop Environment. I usually need Desktop Environment when I'm dealing with PDF's anyway and I don't like going back and forth between Metro and DE. The Adobe Metro App is OK and I found it pretty fast, but it is puzzling why they would release it without the ability to print.

Mr. Dee said,
Inability to print is a sore point. Its like the Modern Apps don't believe in printing.

That's not true. The built-in Metro PDF Reader prints fine. It's just that Adobe hasn't added print functionality to their app. It's actually EASIER for developers to support printing in Metro than it is with Win32.

It still doesn't let you print, which means it's completely useless for me.

Sure, the Microsoft program isn't perfect either, but it's much closer to what I need.

I dont know if this site is all fanboys or not but all the metro apps are crap they all load MUCH slower than desktop apps and that matters to me. Guess all you fanboys have plenty of time to waste. Metro sucks

Jughead said,
I dont know if this site is all fanboys or not but all the metro apps are crap they all load MUCH slower than desktop apps and that matters to me. Guess all you fanboys have plenty of time to waste. Metro sucks

Funny, they all load much faster than desktop apps for me. I guess you haters have crappy systems.

Am I insane for being ****ed off at these PDF apps?

It's like their sole purpose is to just open the PDF and dont provide any other features.

I have a Surface RT and I'm using it to read my college textbooks in PDF format.

You can't go directly to a certain page number... you have to scroll through all the pages.
The screen goes to sleep while I'm reading a page.
When you zoom in on text, it becomes blurry.
If I want to rotate the page, in order to read it vertically, I have to press rotate. Then If I want to set it back to horizontal, I have to rotate it three times for it to go back to normal orientation.
Opening PDFs takes a long time, and you have to close out of every pdf. You can't have multiple ones open.
No book covers.
That's just to name a few issues, and from what I heard you can't even print form it.

I currently use the Book app to read my books that are in .epub format. But that app doesn't yet support PDF. I cant wait until it does. It's a headache.

MidTxWRX said,
You can't go directly to a certain page number... you have to scroll through all the pages.

If you right click in Reader you can do bookmarks or search, not exactly what you meant but still better than going through all the pages anyvey.

Don't know what the SurfRT equivalent is.

Deranged said,

If you right click in Reader you can do bookmarks or search, not exactly what you meant but still better than going through all the pages anyvey.

Don't know what the SurfRT equivalent is.

It's probably swiping up from the bottom to get to search. But still. It seems way too limited. Especially when you have a book that is 1300 pages long.

It's not exactly what you're looking for, but have you at least discovered the Semantic Zoom functionality in the Reader app? You still can't jump to a page, but it makes scrolling through those pages drastically faster.

jhoff80 said,
It's not exactly what you're looking for, but have you at least discovered the Semantic Zoom functionality in the Reader app? You still can't jump to a page, but it makes scrolling through those pages drastically faster.

Yeah, I HAVE to do that, otherwise, browsing through the book would take me half a day.

Good thing I'm only on page 100ish.

Are these people aware that Win 8 comes with a Reader app that does everything the Adobe Reader app does? These people are really intelligent /s

Not that I've noticed. Reader seems to be a bit faster and supports pen annotation which the Adobe version still doesn't though they claim that is supposed to be in the coming.

primexx said,
Does it do anything that Reader doesn't?

Yeah, fail to open my 300mb car repair manual PDF.

(Reader doesn't fail to, just to reiterate that point. The Adobe one does.)

Well if I was running Windows RT, I certainly wouldn't download Adobe's program given that PDF viewing functionality is already built in to Windows.

But the built-in PDF viewer is not something that I use with regular Windows 8. It's quite annoying to double-click a file and have a full-screen Metro app open up. Personally, I just associate PDF files with Google Chrome since its built-in PDF viewer works just fine.

Chugworth said,
Well if I was running Windows RT, I certainly wouldn't download Adobe's program given that PDF viewing functionality is already built in to Windows.

But the built-in PDF viewer is not something that I use with regular Windows 8. It's quite annoying to double-click a file and have a full-screen Metro app open up. Personally, I just associate PDF files with Google Chrome since its built-in PDF viewer works just fine.

So you are giving Google access to the list of documents you read offline too... Brilliant.

thenetavenger said,

So you are giving Google access to the list of documents you read offline too... Brilliant.

Different face, same tiresome trolling

thenetavenger said,

So you are giving Google access to the list of documents you read offline too... Brilliant.

Let me fetch you a tin foil hat mate

Worse and better at the same time

Good thing it's lightweight and not very bloated
Bad thing is that it's so limited, even the default PDF Reader app on windows 8 is better.

I still think there's not that much bloat in the regular version. It's got an updater to keep it secure but aside that it's pretty fast. It's also still the only PDF reader that displays everything correctly, which is a must.

Javik said,
Is it better than the bloated piece of junk the Windows version turned into?

Are you still using Adobe Reader 8 on Windows?

Buio said,

Are you still using Adobe Reader 8 on Windows?

No. I haven't used it on my own pc since Version 7, I switched to Foxit reader ages ago, but it's on all the pc's at the charity for whom I volunteer and it seems no better to me.

Javik said,

No. I haven't used it on my own pc since Version 7, I switched to Foxit reader ages ago, but it's on all the pc's at the charity for whom I volunteer and it seems no better to me.


They've improved a lot from v10 onwards.

Ambroos said,
I still think there's not that much bloat in the regular version. It's got an updater to keep it secure but aside that it's pretty fast. It's also still the only PDF reader that displays everything correctly, which is a must.

Could you give me an example where the default Windows 8 Reader app doesn't display a PDF correctly? I'd really like to know where that one fails as I haven't encountered any problems with it so far.