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Entire industries have pivoted to virtual ways of working, as the pandemic puts a halt on face-to-face interactions.

October 7, 2020 Tech No Comments Email Email

As a result, digital documents have become a centerpiece for how we communicate, collaborate and transact.

And this has never been more apparent than the skyrocketing demand we see for Adobe’s Document Cloud product and services: Adobe Sign usage has risen more than 200% and Acrobat DC monthly active users have more than doubled in 2020, reflecting the growing role PDF plays across all segments of the economy. In fact, we estimate that there are more than 2.5 trillion PDFs in the world today.

According to a study by Forrester commissioned by Adobe, the use of digital document processes is growing across the APAC region: 46% of APAC respondents have said that their organization is planning to implement or expand its digital document process capabilities in the next 12 months.

As more people rely on digital services for their work and personal lives, Adobe, the inventor of PDF, is manifesting the future of PDF through Liquid Mode. The feature will deliver a breakthrough reading experience that enables a much easier way to read documents on mobile.

Liquid Mode is the first step in a multi-year vision to fundamentally change the way people consume digital documents, and how organizations can extract document intelligence to gain a competitive advantage. Leveraging the power of Adobe Sensei to understand the structure of PDFs, Adobe has begun to reimagine how people read and interact with digital documents, starting with reinventing mobile productivity.

With the push of a button of Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader, the feature will automatically reformat text, images, and tables for quick navigation and consumption on small screens. Powered by Adobe Sensei, Liquid Mode uses AI and machine learning in the background to understand and identify parts of a PDF, like headings, paragraphs, images, lists, tables, and more. It also attempts to understand the hierarchy and order of those parts to reformat a static PDF into a more dynamic and customizable experience.

Liquid Mode simultaneously creates an intelligent outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and searchable text for quick navigation. Users can even tailor font size and spacing between words, characters, and lines to suit their specific reading preferences. This is especially useful for those who may see the text as too small, squished together, tight, or jumbled. With Liquid Mode, pinching and zooming are no longer necessary. Words are resizable and reflowable, images are tappable and expandable, and tables are responsive.

Interested users can find Liquid Mode in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app for iOS and Android, including Google Play Store-compatible Chromebooks, then bringing it to desktops and browsers.

As we build the future of PDF, Adobe’s long-term vision is centered around bringing more Adobe Sensei technology into all of our document products and services. Imagine using AI to replace months of intensive document research with a quick query that cross-references millions of PDFs in your organization at once. Or, uncovering groundbreaking medical insights from PDF data spread across millions of scientific research reports, medical records, or academic studies. Unleashing this technology to state and local governments could also significantly improve coordination and collaboration across disparate agencies.

Delivering exceptional digital experiences is our mission, and we’ve been working in service of our customers to do just that for more than three decades. From the introduction of PDF in the early 1990’s, to unleashing it as an open standard in 2008, to the debut of Liquid Mode today, we continue to define how the world works with digital documents, both personally and professionally.

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