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Adobe Reader for Windows Phone getting first update to version 10.1 (Confirmed)

First shots: Adobe X for Windows Phone has finally arrived

We’re still rubbing our eyes to figure this one out but we’ve had no less than two emails from readers that they’re receiving an app update for the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The update is bringing it from version 9.0 to version 10.1.0 build 20120818. What’s more, as you can see above, we have the pics to evidently prove it.

Reportedly users in the Netherlands and Australia are able to get the update, however when we’ve repeatedly checked the Marketplace we’re still at 9.0 here in the US. What’s more, we were unable to see the update in the Web Marketplace outside the US.

Assuming this is accurate—and we have little reason to doubt after receiving photos after we asked—it would be a landmark win for Windows Phone users. The original Adobe Reader came onto the Marketplace back in October 2010 as a launch title with Windows Phone 7.0.

It has never had and update. Not one. Even after hearing of Reader X support back in...well...2010.

And although it technically can read files, it was a pretty weak application. According to reports from users, they both seem relatively impressed with the new update. From Ben:

“I just got an update for Adobe Reader pushed to my Samsung Focus (Aus Marketplace). There's no update notes on the marketplace page, but when loading it, it has a completely new UI, and actually seems to be running a WHOLE LOT smoother. The version is now 10.1.0, build 20120818. I did a search to see if i'd missed the news page of it, because the build seems to reveal 18th Aug, but I didn't find anything (so sorry if it's old news). The UI has now a white background, and two columns in the panorama: one with the standard documents, and another for recently viewed. You can choose between viewing single page or continuous, search text, and it has a button to return to the home page.”

Reader Sertan D. also remarked at how smooth it is as well.

Update: Indeed, Adobe has confirmed via their blog (opens in new tab) earlier in the day--

  • Updated File browser - We have added a Panoramic File browser. You can easily list your recently viewed PDF files as well as see a complete list of all PDF files available in Adobe Reader.
  • Search, Select and Copy Text - You can now search for words and phrases in a document. In addition, you can select text and copy it to paste into other applications.
  • Navigate using Scrubber and Bookmarks - We have added ability to navigate using Bookmarks in a PDF document. If there are bookmarks available, you will see an icon on lower right hand corner of the document. Clicking that icon will display the bookmarks in this document. Tapping on a bookmark will bring you to the right location in the document. You can also navigate to any page quickly using the Page Scrubber at the bottom of the display. Just tap and drag the Scrubber, and you’ll be shown thumbnails of the pages, so you can identify and go directly to the page you are looking for.       
  • Open password protected files and Portfolios - We have addressed one of the most common requests by adding the ability to open password protected documents.We have also added support for PDF portfolios by showing you a listing of all of the contents in the portfolio, and letting you tap to open and view any of the enclosed documents.
  • In addition, we have made significant performance improvements throughout the application, so your reading experience should be much improved.

In the meantime, you can try your luck in here in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Let us know in comments if you’ve received the update.

Thanks, Ben, for the images

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

171 Comments
  • In Sydney, Australia and not seeing the update.
  • In Melbourne and also not getting the update. Glad they're finally updating it, v9 is a joke compared to... basically any other app available designed to open files.
  • In Perth, downloading now :)
  • Maybe its because I'm using a Focus S
  • Just got it in CT, USA.
  • Thank the heavens!!!
  • Got it in nz! :D
  • (New Zealand)
  • Downloaded update, Australia, lumia 900, shits all over the previous versions, to put it nicely
  • +1
  • Downloaded in Melbourne, Australia. Agree - massive improvement in speed and general usability.
  • The current adobe is absolute garbage worst app experience on WP.
  • Vodafone AU on HTC Trophy. Got the update. SO so much better, much smoother scrolling of pages.
    Now I just need that Tango update for my phone that Vodafone AU promised a few months ago...
  • Not showing a update for me in U.S. (Chicago)
  • I got the update in Sweden.
  • Me too, finally!
  • Just got the update.. Malaysia
  • Nada in Detroit
  • No update in Ontario for me.
  • nothing in canada. when i first read this article, i thought it was an elaborate hoax. I mean... Adobe's lack of updating its pdf reader is infamous
  • +1
  • FINALLY!!!
  • In Aus and i searched it on the marketplace for the option to update. Its about time, the update has made it much faster.
  • Nothing in france
  • They were waiting on me. Today, I decided to let my frustration go by reviewing and rating the app. It's magical!
  • It's about time.
  • Nothing in NYC
  • Can you email PDFs yet?
  • No.
  • Here is an answer from the official Blog dealing with the email-issue: "Windows Phone 7.5 does not allow applications to email files via Email client available on device. Even though this capability is available in Microsoft applications (Word etc.), other applications like Adobe Reader are not allowed to send files via Email Client. We had to drop this feature from this update due to this limitation." http://blogs.adobe.com/readermobile/2012/09/06/adobe-reader-10-1-now-ava...
     
  • I suspected that was the case, but it still sucks.  It'd better be fixed in Windows Phone 8, since at my job we deal almost exclusively in PDF.
  • Just download it in mexico on my focus ;)
  • Getting the Update in switzerland
  • Got it in Singapore
  • Not availalbe in Romania :/
  • Oh my god, this app is actually usable now! 
  • Downloaded the update. Location: Singapore
  • Downloaded :-)
    Wasn't visible as update, no notification, but went to the app where the button said update instead of download...
  • I hope it's usable now, adobe reader 9.0.0 is complete garbage and made me embarressed of Windows Phone. I don't want to be reliant in Adobe so I hope MSFT brings the Reader app in Windows 8 to WP.
  • Don't worry, it's really smooth now :)
  • Glad to know. Still not available in US marketplace.
  • Wow this is a BIG DEAL for me!
     
  • Finally, I can view password protected PDFs!
  • update in Slovakia successful, but first try with error (exception) : DoGetIndexofLastPDFFileNode : Root element is missing.
    So come on Adobe - fix it !!!
  • Got the update (Australia). Far more usable app. Pinch to zoom works so much better, but still slow on the redraw after a zoom. Interface a lot more metro like now. Can't believe it took 2 years to make Adobe Reader usable now.
  • "Can't believe it took 2 years to make Adobe Reader usable now."
    Probably took 2 hours to fix, but 22 months to decide if and when they wanted to :-/ Look for Adobe Reader for WP8 sometime in 2014!
  • can we share files now via email or skydrive?
  • That has nothing to do with the Adobe app--that's an OS limitation. So no, that has not changed.
  • seriously? i always blamed adobe for this ... MS should really get thier shit together n stop putting stupid restrictions to the OS
  • Well, WP8 goes a long way to fix those things.
  • yeah too bad all of us with 7.x get stuck with their failures.
  • Off topic. My Viber app received and update last night. USA
  • This is Bigger than Lumia 920 and WP 8 announcement... No Update yet in India
  • http://blogs.adobe.com/readermobile/2012/09/06/adobe-reader-10-1-now-ava...
    check it Adobe's confirmation
  • No Update in Germany
  • Not received the update yet :(
  • just got on my L900 in Australia, and all i'll say is OH MY F#$%^&^% GOD, how did it take so so long to get a version that is actually usable.
     
    This is so improved from the previous version, I'd go as far as to say the most improvements in a single app in the history of windows phone.
     
     
  • I just stopped using it altogether this app was so bad. Good to hear. I believe WP8 is beginning to have an effect especially since the prospect of an MS built odf reader may be in the works if Windows 8 is any indication.
  • That's what I'm hoping to.
  • Not available in the UK Marketplace yet. Now if only Adobe would update the Android version, it's still stuck on version 9.0
  • Re: Android. Huh. Suddenly, I don't feel so bad now.
  • I don't know what you're asking for, I see no complains of Android version, actually WP new version lacks a lot of features that Android already have.
  • Actually I was wrong. Just checked my Galaxy Nexus and it does have version 10, 10.3.1 to be precise.
  • Every PDF I ever opened are shown in a list and are cashed/stored on the phone :-)
    Can open in offline mode.
    And it works smooooth... :-)
  • In Brisbane, Australia and got it last night. Even tweeted about it: http://www.twitter.com/andrewtechhelp/status/243764430645628928
  • Tsk tsk...should have Tweeted US! :-P
  • From Adobe Blog:
      By rahulban - 6:18 AM on September 7, 2012   Reply Windows Phone 7.5 does not allow applications to email files via Email client available on device. Even though this capability is available in Microsoft applications (Word etc.), other applications like Adobe Reader are not allowed to send files via Email Client. We had to drop this feature from this update due to this limitation.  
  • I have a number of apps that do email files. For instance, Handyscan can email as either PDF or JPEG, and it can upload those formats to my SkyDrive as well.
  • #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }
    But Handyscan doesn't use the email client. I think it uses their own mail server and says it's from the email address you've specified. Outlook.com/Hotmail throws a hissyfit when it gets a file emailed from Handyscan, probably because of the bodged workaround.  
  • Incredible!!!!!!! I don't belive to my eyes!
  • Nothing in Malaysia
  • Could anyone be so kind and upload the xap? I can't wait any longer!
  • Since the Marketplace encryption, I don't think it's possible anymore :-/
  • I can confirm the update is live in the danish marketplace
  • Must be an update for the rest of the world only then, still not available in the UK!!!
  • Confirmed here too!
  • Got it this morning in Cape Town. Much improved :)
  • In Romania , just got the update...very useful...Can open password protected pdf
  • In new Zealand, installing now
  • Well, available and downloaded here in Czech Republic...:)
  • Not live either in GER. Anyway...
     
    As long as they dont fix the arse-pain-renderer of that shitty reader, they dont need to do anything! Zooming in a pdf with this mobile reader, or generally using this app is such an incredible pain. it feels like adobe aired a pre-pre-alpha! and we're talking aout ADOBE!
    Thats just unbareable. 
  • Awesomeness!!! - Philippines
  • Shocked to see this one its definitely about time.
  • I'm updating now :D [POLAND]
  • I just got the update in Lisbon, Portugal for my ZTE Tania.
    I just point the QR Code reader to the code, and open the market page for Adobe, and it said if i wanna update, I said yes and got the new version, all working ok here, got everything like the above pictures.
  • Updated in Dublin, Ireland
  • India: No sight of Update yet...
  • Thanks god they updated it. The version I hace its pure crap and it isn't smooth.
  • Got it too. But it still lags quite a bit on rerendering after zooming. Very annoying. Unsure if its the crappy CPU on my 710 or just incompetence on Adobe's part.
  • On my Optimus 7: Scrolling is noticeably smoother (but still not as good as the Android one on an old Galaxy S); then there is an annoying bug that freezes the app in landscape (zoom in, then try moving left or right) - it even caused a reboot of my phone. New features are decent, but the app is overall still an embarassment and you still can't forward pdfs through mail!
  • Wow it's about time!
    Downloaded the update (netherlands, omnia 7) and low and behold: it actually is way better!!
  • Nothing in Miami, FL yet.
  • Holy shit. This is one of the few things about WP that I really hated, so glad it's finally updated.
  • Canada still showing 9.0. And I still have to use it to view my cell bill. :(
  • I confirm the bug on landscape when you zoom, it freezes the app when moving right or left, but it's lot smoother, but can be more.
    Please correct the bug, and make it possible to create PDF and sent it via email.
  • Got update in Melbourne, Australia. Works well.
  • No update yet in US.
  • No love for Spain yet
  • Just scan the QR Code, on the marketplace it says v9.0 yet.
  • Finally! I was altogether avoiding PDFs on my phone because of how bad it was. I've tried it out and it's fairly quick and usable now. If only it could annotate or even edit. Hopefully MS Word on WP8 might bring something like that.
  • Still nothing in the UK! Hurry up, I got work to and this will make it more bearable...just a little bit though!
  • No update here in the Netherlands
  • Can I share PDF files via email now?
  • Nope :'(
  • Wow, I might actually be able to read pdfs on my windows phone. Good news.
  • Got it yesterday
  • Got it in HK. Seems much better than before.
  • Portugal. I have just downloaded to my Lumia 800. Much better than the old one. I've not received any update notification. Thanks for the tip.
  • ATL, got it
  • I'm in ATL and I don't see it.. Samsung Focus S..
  • It is alot smoother. Having your files and recent is a big plus also.
  • Got it in USA!
  • Just got it here in the US :)
  • its available now in Pakistan wow...!!!!
  • Got for my Focus, in Canada.
  • Update Available... Documentation updated... version 10.1... size 5MB... India Marketplace
  • Available in the US now!
  • Had to reboot my phone before the Marketplace (US) would show the new version - it was probably cached from when I checked it before it was available.
     
    It's still kind of sluggish and buggy - crashed when I tried to do a text search in a large PDF - but it's a MILLION times better than the old version which was just shameful.  Scrolling and zooming works much better.  Love the new bookmark support!  Page seeking throughout the document!  You still can't enter a page number (!!!) but the slider control is mostly adequate.  It still doesn't remember where you left off once you truly exit the app and come back to it later.. that's disappointing.
     
    But overall...  it's a huge improvement.  And it's about time.  Wow.
  • Got it here in Greece too.
    I fully agree with you appart from the crashing part. They should also support "double-tap" to stretch to readable content as done by ie...
  • Yes, double-tap still just slowly zooms in or out by a fixed amount - pretty useless, as you then have to wait for the content to re-render until the app becomes responsive again (no busy indicator btw, what's up with that?), and then it's probably not going to be at the right zoom level.  So you might as well just pinch to zoom in the first place and only pay that cost once.
     
    Double-tap to zoom to content like in IE would be amazing, but I suppose it's asking far too much.  In fact, I can't believe IE even has such a feature.  It really blew me away when I first saw that in action.  It's so much better than pinch to zoom when it works, and it works pretty reliably.
  • Update now available on AT&T for the Titan 2 in Seattle
  • Definitely available in Canada, just got it on my Lumia :)
  • Confirmed installing on my L800 as I type. Did some pigs drop from the sky or something. So surprised to actually see an update on this
  • German marketplace now shows the update...not able to download yet though.
  • A reboot did the trick, update installed just fine now.
  • Got in here in U.S. by scanning QR code. Wasn't showing up before.
  • NYC, downloading updated version :)
  • It's about time!!!!  This app was barely usable before.  Now it finally works as it should!
  • Works in Canada on lumia 900
  • Got it in UK - just went to the app in Marketplace and there was the update button
  • awesome stuff, i just got it working!
  • Got the update to 10.1.0, here in the U.S. about 2hours ago.
  • Yupp, I'm in Norway and I got it! But had to go manualy and look, no push notification
  • Just updated and united states gets it first. Hahaha
  • Oh really? Seems as if lots of other regions got it long before the US...
  • Installed the new version manually from the Marketplace here in Germany.
  • Just updated in UK on Samsung Omnia 7.
  • Just updated the app in US.
  • Same here :)
  • Works in Canada on my LG Optimus Quantum.
  • Compared to the IOS /android version its really lacking .... Where is the annotations feature .. Notes ...
  • Just downloaded the update in UK using above link. I use a lot of .pdf files so this is a very welcome update.