NTT DoCoMo to Bring Adobe Reader to Its 3G Subscribers

Software makes PDF content accessible on cell phones for viewing, searching and interacting with links.

Adobe Systems Inc. and Japanese mobile telephone provider NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced Wednesday that NTT DoCoMo will use Adobe Reader LE for its 3G FOMA mobile phones. This partnership will provide DoCoMo customers using its i-mode service access to content in Adobes ubiquitous PDF.

Adobe developed this newest version of Adobe Reader together with Access Co. Ltd., according to Ridwan Huq, product manager for Adobe Reader LE. Access has optimized the Adobe source code for i-mode services, exposing functionalities in the PDF format for the mobile environment, Huq said.

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Such functionalities will include features found in PC versions of Adobe Reader, including page layout rotation and text search. In addition, mobile users will have the capacity to leverage a given PDF document to dial a phone number, send e-mail or access a Web page.

"Now you can take the PDF file with you, on whatever device. In Japan, phones are used more than PCs," Huq continued.

John Jackson, senior analyst at Boston-based research firm The Yankee Group, concurred with Huqs assessment, noting that the millions of Japanese mobile phone consumers are way ahead of their United States counterparts in the way they use their devices.

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