Adobe and Apple don’t always see eye-to-eye. And the Cupertino company’s continuous omission of Adobe’s Flash technology from its iOS platform certainly hasn’t helped matters. But regardless of their history, the two remain frenemies.

In fact, Adobe just pushed out a version of its popular Reader application for the iOS platform. It allows you to view and interact with several types of PDF files including those protected by encryption and Adobe’s LiveCycle Rights Management…

Here’s Adobe Reader’s App Store description:

“Adobe Reader is the free global standard for reliably viewing and sharing PDF documents across platforms and devices. Easily and efficiently access the widest range of PDF file types —including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. Now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Adobe Reader offers fast, high-quality interaction with PDF.”

Obviously, there are already several third party applications that read PDF documents available for iOS. Apple’s own iBooks actually handles them quite well. But for the folks who deal with encrypted PDF files, this seems like a decent option.

Adobe Reader is available in the App Store for both the iPhone and the iPad, for free.


  • jamesandyori

    Thanks Cody!

    My wife is going to need this app soon! rocks the house!

    • fl0wingfire

      I’m proud to say that I’ve been reading iDB back when Sebastian was the only writer (and he was hiring at the time I started reading) ^_^

    • Thank you for your messages of support. It’s always rewarding to get such positive feedback. Keep it coming 🙂

  • J-

    GoodReader > Adobe Reader

  • llkksslow

    adding adobe flash player will rule the world of Ios.

  • Alex

    Adobe and Apple are neither friends nor enemies. They are competitors in the market that strive to maximize profits to yield a positive return for investors, pay its employees, creditors, and so forth. Just because Apple decides to boycott as a part of its operating strategy doesn’t mean either company has to take it a personal level. The two companies can still find grounds where they both can maximize profits by simply working together.

    This is case when Apple decides to utilize Samsung’s A6 chips while pursuing Samsung in courts all over the world. This flies in the face of the logic of many people who judge base on feelings, but just another day in corporate business and marketing strategy.

  • jo-macral

    @ Alix & Others,

    Adobe and Apple are not competitors, nor is apple using “Samsung’s” A6 chips. Apple designed the A6, and have chosen to use Samsung’s fabrication plants to produce them. Win-win for both companies. This may also have Applie’s best interest in mind by keeping close ties with their closest rival.

    As for Flash, as stated many times before, it is quite buggy (not to mention slow, and a memory hog). I think the primary problem with it is that fact that it IS buggy, and if people utilize this to jailbreak, or worse, apple is not able to prevent it without fixes from Adobe (which may never come, or at least not in a timely manner).

    Flash in itself would be awesome, but without being able to play flash games (my only interest), it is really quite useless… don’t need to see all those damn flash banner ads anyhow. As a note, Android devices have flash, but are also unable to play flash games, so again, what’s the point?

  • jo-macral

    Derrrrr moment.. That was supposed to be ‘@ Alex’, not Alix.. time for another coffee.

  • Anand Agrawal

    I wonder why do we need this app.. when we already have the iBook..

  • jo-macral

    It is for secure (encrypted) PDF files, such as DRM e-books.

    • Anand Agrawal

      Ok.. That’s acceptable.. However do u still think that.. people who uses the ADOBE Reader for reading the PDF files.. which must be higher in count rather than accessing the encrypting data.. need this app as an alternative to iBook ?

      • jo-macral

        There is really no point to this app, if you don’t have DRM PDF files. I would personally stick with iBook, or your 3rd party PDF reader of choice if you are already comfortable with them.

  • N

    iFile ALL DA WAY

  • ben

    It can’t remember where you was, after you have read another PDF and get back. It will start from page one.

  • iMarc

    I don’t use iBooks and don’t open many PDF files on my iPhone. This app does a nice job and it’s free. Kudos to Adobe.