Software major Adobe has launched Liquid Mode powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist customers to read PDF documents on mobile devices more easily.
Liquid Mode will assist Adobe customers to automatically reformat text, images, and tables for quick navigation and consumption on small screens of smartphones and other mobile devices.
“With the launch of Liquid Mode — a technology powered by Machine Learning research — document reading will become a first-class experience on mobile,” Abhigyan Modi, country manager of Adobe India, and vice president Engineering of Adobe Document Cloud, said in a statement.
“With no need to pinch and zoom and easy navigation, documents will be as easy to read as web pages. This is just a first step in our multi-year journey to fundamentally change the way people consume digital documents, and the way organizations extract information from PDFs,” Abhigyan Modi said.
Consuming content on mobile has long been a painful experience, especially if a document is long and wordy.
Adobe research shows that 95 percent of Indians wish most for stronger work / study features on their mobile reading device.
Liquid Mode will debut first in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app for iOS and Android, including Google Play Store-compatible Chromebooks, followed by desktops and browsers.
Liquid Mode, powered by the AI framework Adobe Sensei, uses AI and ML in the background to understand and identify parts of a PDF, like headings, paragraphs, images, lists, tables, and more.
It also attempts to understand the hierarchy and ordering of those parts to reformat a static PDF into a more dynamic and customizable experience.
Liquid Mode simultaneously creates an intelligent outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and searchable text for quick navigation.
Users can even tailor font size and spacing between words, characters, and lines to suit their specific reading preferences. This is especially useful for those who may see text as too small, squished together, tight, or jumbled.
Liquid Mode enables customers to avoid pinching and zooming. Adobe said its long-term vision for the future of PDF is centred around bringing more Sensei technology into all of its document products and services.