Acrobat Pro DC: Adobe’s PDF software is still the one to beat
A feature-packed solution for professionals
Since its development back in the 1990s, the PDF has gone on to become the industry standard for documents. The file’s ability to work across all platforms has seen it become a ubiquitous format, and Adobe’s software remains the most popular choice for viewing, editing, and sharing PDFs.
The latest Acrobat Pro DC suite brings a slew of benefits and features that allow you to create and edit your PDFs, export to Office formats, read your documents across multiple devices, sync and store them in the cloud, sign the PDFs with ease, and much more.
One the best elements of the digital age is less reliance on paper. We all know what it’s like having to wait for a form to arrive in the post so we can sign it and send it back. Some companies let you print the documents out at home, but that still requires using snail mail once they’re signed. Collecting physical signatures is said to add 3.1 days to a process, yet just 18 percent of North American businesses use e-signatures, and over 60 percent are unaware of this solution.
Adobe’s Fill & Sign feature takes the physical element out of paperwork: you can use the iOS or Android app to add your signature to a PDF with a finger, or just type your name using a desktop keyboard and it will be turned into a handwritten format, which is then stored and ready for use on any PDF.
You can even convert a photo of a form into a signable PDF. The tool can also be used to request signatures—recipients don’t need to purchase anything or sign up to use it—and form deliveries are tracked.
In today’s connected society, it’s important to be able to read and edit your work on the go. That’s where Adobe’s Document Cloud comes in, letting you access all your PDFs from your smartphone or from any computer using a web browser. Collaboration is also made simple, with recipients receiving links to PDFs that they can open, view, and comment on, all without needed to sign in or install software.
Acrobat Pro DC’s latest update brings with it a revamped UI that makes accessing the plethora of tools on offer very simple…Read more
Adobe unveils handy capture mode in its Scan app
There’s going to be some rejoicing for marketers on the move, as Adobe has unveiled a new feature in its Adobe Scan app, enabling users to toggle between a variety of capture modes to ensure that documents, forms, whiteboards, and business cards are captured picture-perfectly as PDFs.
The new feature enables users to select modes by swiping left or right. Once captured, Adobe Scan uses Adobe Sensei AI to intelligently identify and sharpen printed or handwritten text while removing elements such as glare and shadows. Users can then store and share these PDFs, fill and sign them in Acrobat Reader mobile, as well as pull contact details directly from business cards into their phone’s contacts.
The app has amassed nearly 30 million downloads and 140 million scans.
Together with Acrobat Reader mobile – a free PDF reader built by Adobe that works with Adobe Scan and is packed with essential PDF tools – users can work on-the-go as if they were in the office.
The app has also added the ability to automatically search digital documents instead of flipping through stacks of paper, filling and signing forms with a few taps, and annotating and sharing trackable PDFs – all possible via a mobile device…read more
PDF Reader Pro – View, Annotate, Form Filler review: A lightweight Windows app for basic editing needs
This freebie makes it easy to edit, annotate, and share documents, but it lacks advanced functions.
PDF Reader Pro – View, Annotate, Form Filler tells you everything you need to know about it right there in its name. This free, lightweight Windows app provides a basic set of tools for working with Adobe Acrobat documents in an unintimidating interface.
PDF Reader Pro eschews the Office-style interface you see in a lot of PDF editors. Instead, a row of icons above the document pane provides access to editing functions. Another set down the left side lets you view the current document as thumbnails, change the display, or print.
The editing functions are pretty basic. You can add, highlight, underline, and strikethrough text; make freehand markups; add notes, hyperlinks, and stamps; and bookmark pages. A three-dot menu at the end of the top toolbar holds the file info, save, and share buttons. With the last, you can share a PDF via Dropbox, Email, Skype, Twitter, and other apps. A link is included to add more options from Microsoft Store.
PDF Reader Pro makes editing text simple and intuitive.
The straightforward interface makes editing docs quick and easy. To add text, for example, you just click the text icon, which opens a drop-down menu where you can select your font style, color, and size. Then you just place the cursor where you want it and type away. Adding a stamp is as simple as choosing one of the 14 offered, then clicking on the page where you want it to appear.
Clicking the BOTA button from the left-side toolbar allows you to view any of the bookmarks, outlines, thumbnails, and annotations associated with the current document by toggling through a smaller sub-toolbar. From here you can jump to specific bookmarks, sections, chapters, or pages within a document and quickly scroll through text revisions and comments.
PDF Reader Pro also supports PDF forms, allowing you to fill in interactive fields such as check and text boxes. You can sign documents and open password-protected files, as well…read more
Premiere Rush, Adobe’s video-editing app for YouTubers, is now available on Android
Adobe’s Premiere Rush CC, which arrived on the desktop and iOS last October, is now available on Android. The video-editing app is a simplified, mobile version of Adobe’s more powerful Creative Cloud software, but borrows some key features from Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition. For example, there are motion graphics templates from Adobe Stock for smooth transitions and auto-ducking features that balance and adjust audio to the background music.
Adobe says the app is tailored to YouTubers and online video creators, with exporting options optimized for social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. That means you can input your video title and add metadata like descriptions in Premiere Rush, without having to go through the process in each individual app. The app also automatically syncs projects to the cloud across desktop and mobile, so you can pick up where you left off on any device.
Hands On With Adobe’s Premiere Rush Video Editor for Android
Mobile video editing tools have struggled to keep up with the exploding demand from a wide variety of users — ranging from professional video bloggers to casual users sharing their experiences. There are plenty of simple, consumer-oriented tools, and some cool special-purpose tools like DJI’s Mimo, but most of them don’t tie into a larger ecosystem or full professional workflow. Adobe has been working to change that with its Premiere Rush entry-level video editing tool.
Available since the fall on Mac, Windows, and iOS, Rush is now shipping on Android. The app has a deceptively simple interface but is powered by the same underlying engine as its beefy sibling, Adobe’s Premiere Pro. That means it benefits from the same high-quality rendering, motion-graphics templates, and presets, and that its projects can be directly imported into Premiere Pro for further work. I’ve been using Rush on Windows since its release, but as an Android phone user, I haven’t been able to try out the mobile version until now. After using the Android version, I’ve come away impressed.
A Clever Implementation of Rush’s UI on a Phone Screen
It is no easy feat to cram a powerful video editing interface into a touch-only device and a phone-sized screen, but Adobe has done a remarkably good job. Essentially all the capabilities of desktop Rush seem to be there, although they can be a little harder to find. The UI is responsive, and for anyone used to the mobile version of Lightroom, will seem familiar.
However, the small screen and being touch only does have its drawbacks. First, an errant finger can cause all sorts of trouble. It is remarkably easy to forget that you’re in a particular mode and accidentally duplicate content or add an unwanted title, for example. Fortunately, Undo is only a touch away. It can also be hard to select small screen elements. When I inadvertently added extra copies of a title to one of my clips, it wasn’t easy to select it precisely enough to delete it. Before I managed to do that, I’d added a couple more. It can also be tough to see exactly what is happening between clips. Short transitions are almost invisible.
But overall, the interface is very usable, although I can’t wait until it runs on some larger-screen devices. There is quite a bit of good online tutorial and help material, but much of it uses the desktop version of Rush to illustrate how to do specific task… read more
Adobe Launches Significant Update to Premiere Rush
Adobe’s Premiere Rush application, an all-in-one tool for shooting, editing, and sharing videos, has just received a significant update.
Premiere Rush has already been available for Windows, OS X, and iOS. The software brings simplified versions of tools from Premiere Pro and Audition (Adobe’s pro video and audio tools, respectively) into a single app. With a focus on creating and sharing online videos, Rush has always had an emphasis on portability, enabled by Adobe’s creative cloud.
The new update brings Premiere Rush to Android phones, via the Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store. While I have an iPhone, I’ve found Premiere Rush to be a great way to shoot and edit short videos in the field, and I’m happy to see Adobe bringing this app to more users.
Along with the new Android app, all users now have access to new Motion Graphics templates. A number of additional templates are also available via Adobe Stock.
The starter plan for Premiere Rush offers access to a full featured version, and is available for both desktop and mobile users. Users can create an unlimited number of projects, but are limited to exporting up to three projects… read more
Adobe’s mobile video editor Premiere Rush makes its debut on Android
What you need to know
Adobe Premiere Rush is now available for Android devices.
The video editor allows you to seamlessly transition between your mobile devices and computer for editing.
There is a free trial but prices start at $9.99 per month.
Video creators, get ready to rejoice. Adobe Premiere Rush is finally available on Android! The video editor combines elements of Premiere Pro, Audition, and After Effects, providing one of the best ways to edit your video projects.
Another way it has a leg up on other video editors available is the fact that it can run on all of your devices. Whether you want to do all your editing on your phone, your computer, or seamlessly transition between the two, Premiere Rush has you covered.
One of the ways it accomplishes this seamless integration is by uploading your files to the cloud. With everything hosted in the cloud, you’ll never have to worry about transferring your files and you can pick up where you left off on any device.
Premiere Rush provides you with a stellar way to edit by using a simplified editing workflow, motion graphics templates, AI-powered audio auto-ducking, and more to get the best out of your content. It even has built-in support for one-click publishing to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and others.
Premiere Pro users will also be thrilled to know that projects created in Premiere Rush can be opened in Premiere Pro as well. Meaning you can start a project on mobile and easily transition to Premiere Pro on your computer for more advanced edits later on.
You might remember Adobe first released Premiere Rush last year for computers and iOS, but with the video editor finally making its way to Android devices, it opens up more opportunities for creators on the go… read more