Monday, October 4, 2004


Adobe Acrobat 2.0 for Pocket PC

Adobe Acrobat 2.0 for Pocket PC is available in available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and adds some new features:

  • Mobile data entry: Submit form data using handheld devices over a wireless connection. If you are working offline, the data is temporarily stored, then submitted once a connection is established. Send forms by e-mail or directly to the destination server using a cradle or cable.
  • Wireless printing: Print directly from a handheld device to a remote printer
  • Slide show viewing: Easily share Adobe PDF slide shows generated by Adobe Photoshop® Album software on handheld devices in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Downloading digital editions: Download digital editions of your favorite books in PDF format to handheld devices and read them anywhere. 

One nice thing about the Pocket PC version is that you disable plugins you don't need without modifying the Acrobat plugins by hand. It loads quickly and you can read documents that are displayed in "reflow mode" without problems. Documents with tables etc are best displayed in landscape mode so you don't have to scroll right/left so much. Click and hold the document to get the popup menu that let's you choose "Full Screen view" so you can see even more of the document.

The GUI looks unfamiliar as they don't use normal menus but use small toolbar buttons for everything. It leaves more space for displaying the document but it's unusual to press the ^ button to get the menu. All toolbar buttons can be customized using the "Customize toolbar" option on the main menu.
I still prefer Microsoft Reader for reading eBooks but Acrobat is handy for watching reference documents, schedules etc that I have saved on SD cards.
Via The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog

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