Chris Ashton

dai11y 28/04/2021

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Adobe unveils ambitious multi-year vision for PDF: Introduces Liquid Mode

  • An Adobe announcement from September 2020, which I’ve somehow only just come across. Adobe Acrobat Reader on iOS, Android and Chromebook now has a ‘Liquid Reader’ mode, which is a button in the UI that processes the current PDF in the cloud and then renders a mobile-friendly version of the content. There’s a video showing how it works. It uses AI to identify headings, images, lists, tables etc, making otherwise inaccessible PDFs more usable on mobile. That said, this shouldn’t be used as an excuse to continue to churn out PDFs instead of good, accessible content.

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