Adobe announced an update today Acrobat Reader that levers Sensei, the company ‘s machine learning platform to make it easier to read entire documents on smartphones and tablets. Starting iOS, Android, and ChromeOS before the desktop and browser are supported in the coming months, Reader will get a preview option called liquid mode that will automatically reformat text, images, tables, and more so that they can be read on small screens.
Reading documents, especially PDFs, on a mobile phone has never been a great thing. According to Adobe’s own study, 65 percent People in the US find it frustrating, and 45 percent. Stopped reading or did not try. However, the number of cases in the wild continues to grow, with a turnover of more than 2.5 trillion today.
Adobe describes “Liquid Mode,” which began appearing to some Acrobat users earlier in the year, as the first step in a “multi-year vision to fundamentally change the way people use digital documents.” The next step is the Adobe PDF Extract API, a beta version that touches Sensei to automatically extract text, table structure, cell data, images, and more from PDF.
When liquid mode is turned on, it tries to spot headings, paragraphs, pictures, lists, tables, and other PDFs and understand where they overlap in hierarchy and order. It simultaneously creates a smart outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and text that can be searched for easier navigation by touch. Users can customize things like font size and spacing between words, characters, and lines to fit their reading preferences; words become changeable and changeable, images can be expanded and expanded, and tables can be fully responsive.
Adobe says it is exploring partnerships with institutions to use Liquid Mode as an educational tool for people of all ages and abilities to “reveal the secrets of reading … to people.” “The digital experience has never been so critical – it has covered all industries and affects everyday work and personal life. And it’s never been clear, nor is the demand we’re seeing for Document Cloud products and services, which have grown, “said Ashley, Adobe’s vice president, in a blog post. “Character usage has increased by more than 200%, and the number of active users of Acrobat DC in 2020. It has more than doubled, reflecting the growing role of PDF in all segments of the economy. ”