Earlier this year, Adobe had announed a major update to its Document Cloud service by bringing deeper integrations with both Box and Microsoft’s One Drive. However, the option was absent from iOS. And now, Adobe is going a step ahead by launching a new Acrobat reader for iOS.
The new app will finally support all third party cloud apps like Google Drive, Box, OneDrive in addition to previous apps. Previously, Acrobat iOS reader only supported Dropbox, Adobe Document Cloud, email, web or other services that have a “share” feature.
Now, you can pull up the documents from any service with Apple’s Document Picker and use it like you are able to do in Android. However, you will need to install those third party apps in your device for using them with Acrobat app.
After installing the app, you can go to “Location Chooser” option and select “More Locations…”. Under this option, select any cloud storage service from which you want to add or open a document in Acrobat reader.
You also have an option to toggle these services on or off from the settings. You can also reorder their appearance in the list.
One could say that it is bit surprising that it took Adobe such a long time to come up with a simple yet necessary feature like this. People often use a range of third party cloud services for their various needs.
There are other lesser known reader apps like Readdle’s PDF Expert which have been giving this support for a long time now. Moreover, Acrobat reader is quite a popular app in iOS with over 300 million downloads.
Nevertheless, the delayed but much awaited feature in Acrobat reader now ensures that iOS users will not have to switch to any other app due to their different cloud service preferences.