Adobe Reader is the pioneer of all PDF readers and is one of the most popular ones around. One of the good things provided by Adobe (and Adobe Reader) is that you can now save all your files, such as PDF, Word, and PowerPoint presentations, to the cloud and access them on multiple devices.
In order for you to access your files, you need to sign up for an account on Acrobat.com. Think of this as the iCloud of Adobe Reader. All your files will be stored, allowing you to sync and access them from any device.
Step 1: Save your file on Acrobat
So, let’s say you already have a PDF that you’re currently reading from your desktop (on Adobe Reader), and you want to pick up reading it on your tablet when you leave the house.
First, you need to sign in to Acrobat.com on your computer’s Adobe Reader. Click on “Tools;” you’ll see Acrobat at the bottom right after “Store Files.” Hit the “Save” button or go to File and click on “Save to Acrobat.com.”
Step 2: Access your file from any device
Now that the PDF is saved in the cloud, you can access it from any device. Open Adobe Reader on your tablet, or install it if you haven’t yet. You need to accomplish two things in order to successfully sync the files on your mobile device. First, sign in to Acrobat.com on your tablet’s Adobe Reader app. Next, turn on “Mobile Link.”
When you’re signed in, click “Acrobat.com” on the upper left side of the Adobe Reader app. From there, you’ll see all the files you’ve saved in the cloud. In this case, I’m using an iPad. As you can see, the PDF I saved earlier from my iMac is now showing on my iPad’s Adobe Reader app.
You can immediately start reading once you click on the PDF. But you can also save it on your tablet’s existing folders. To do so, click “Edit” on the upper right corner and choose the file you want to save. At the bottom, the “Move” button will be highlighted. When you choose it, it will show all the folders you currently have on your Adobe Reader app. Choose the folder where you want to save the file. This step is highly recommended if you want to access the eBooks when you’re offline.
Step 3: Manage all your files on Acrobat
You can visit Acrobat.com to manage all your files in the cloud. You can delete, move, and upload files directly on the Acrobat website.
For free accounts, you’ll have up to 2 GB storage. It’s more than enough if you simply want to save PDFs and Word documents.
Adobe Reader is by far the best PDF reader I’ve used, though it can be a bit bulky and slow at times. The iOS app is well-designed and easy to use. Not only can you read eBooks, you can also annotate them. You can even use your own handwriting! Sometimes when you read a scanned copy of a physical book on an iBook or Kindle, you can’t highlight the text. On Adobe Reader for the iPad, I was able to highlight, annotate and show definitions even when I’m offline for both eBooks or scanned copies of physical books. Try out this syncing feature and let us know if it works for you.
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