Adobe wants to change its PDF game; introduces new mobile experience

Adobe has shared its multi-year vision to fundamentally change the way people consume digital documents. From the introduction of PDF in the early 1990s to making it an open standard in 2008, this new vision is an ambitious initiative to redefine the PDF experience.

The first announcement in the journey is the launch of Liquid Mode to improve the experience of reading and interacting with digital documents on mobile. According to Adobe, Liquid Mode is a breakthrough technology powered by years of deep machine learning research leveraging the power of Adobe Sensei, the company’s AI framework.

Liquid Mode automatically reformats text, images, and tables for better navigation and consumption on small screens. It uses AI and ML in the background to understand and identify document parts like headings, paragraphs, images, lists, tables, etc. A push of a button essentially transforms a static PDF into a more dynamic experience – the words are resizable, images are expandable, and the tables are responsive. It also creates an intelligent outline for quick navigation.

Liquid Mode will debut first in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app for iOS and Android, including Google Play Store-compatible Chromebooks, followed by desktops and browsers.

Adobe’s ambitious long-term vision is centered around bringing more Sensei technology into all of its document products and services. The idea is for AI to improve the reading experience as well as replace time-consuming and intensive document research involving cross-referencing and digging insights from millions of PDFs.

Source: Adobe

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