Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Adobe Reader: the return of text reflow

Adobe made a stupid mistake when they removed text reflow from their Android PDF reader.

Text reflow is an essential feature for any PDF reader that has to display PDFs on small phone screens in a way that's fit for reading.

The good news is that Adobe is willing to learn from their mistakes. They updated their app again and put text reflow back in.

The bad news is that the resurrected text reflow option is well hidden. Tapping the menu button does nothing. To reflow your text you now have to tap near the top of the screen and hit the icon that looks like a page. The next version should put the reflow option back into the menu, because that's where you look first when you want to play with the settings.

Adobe Reader (Android Market)

The (very) old Adobe Reader version 10.0.2 still comes with text reflow in the menu:

Adobe Reader 10.0.2 at ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/android/10.x/10.0.2/
Adobe Reader 10.0.2 for Android on Google

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