Artificial Intelligence: Adobe’s Liquid Mode Uses AI To Make PDFs Readable On Phones

September 24, 2020 | Artificial Intelligence, News

Adobe launched “Liquid Mode” on Wednesday to revolutionize document reading on the small screens of mobile devices.

Adobe’s (NASDAQ: ADBE) newly-launched “Liquid Mode” deploys artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically reformat documents, such as text- or image-heavy PDFs. The result: users can quickly view or navigate these documents despite their size or complexity. (IndiaTV)

According to Adobe, 45% of Americans stopped reading (or didn’t try at all) wordy documents. Meanwhile, 95% of Indians wish most for stronger work/study features on their mobile reading device.

How it works

Liquid Mode is powered by Adobe’s Sensei AI framework. AI and machine learning (ML) work to dissect the PDF into the components of its structure. These include headings, paragraphs, images, lists, and tables.

It then reconstitutes these parts into a new whole comprising an intelligent outline, collapsible and expandable sections, and searchable text for quick navigation.

Liquid Mode rolled out Wednesday to free Acrobat Readers in iOS and Android. However, desktops will have to wait a while.

According to Tech Crunch, when a user opens a PDF on her mobile, the app will indicate with a glowing light that it is amenable to reformat in Liquid Mode.

With a tap, the user can then send it to Adobe’s Document Cloud where the document will be processed and then displayed to the viewer in its AI-processed avatar.

Even customization for font size and line spacing is possible.

No pinching or zooming

“With the launch of Liquid Mode — a breakthrough technology powered by years of deep Machine Learning research — document reading will now 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,” Modi added.

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