Adobe Acrobat for Chromebook

Adobe AcrobatPDF files are everywhere on the web, and remain an excellent format for documentation that needs to retain its fonts and formats. Chrome OS does a great job of viewing PDFs, but you’ll need to dig a little further if you want to add notes or edit files.

Built into Chrome

Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer that’s fast and very easy to use – it simply treats PDFs on the web like a regular web page. You can go fullscreen for distraction-free reading.

Chrome built-in PDF viewer
Chrome built-in PDF viewer

Preview from Google Drive

There’s also a previewer in Google Drive – use it by clicking on any of your PDFs from Drive’s web interface. It’s slightly faster than the built-in Chrome viewer, because it doesn’t download the the full file, but dithers graphics and shows a lightly rendered version, which is great for huge PDFs and less stable internet connections.

Google Drive PDF Viewer
Google Drive PDF Viewer

PDFZen

PDFZen is a fully online PDF editor, which will let you do notes, comments, highlights and drawing on a PDF, which you can then download or share with anyone, and you don’t even have to log in. The only thing you can’t do is actually edit the text of a PDF file, so this is more for annotating an existing document (e.g. class notes) than re-editing.

PDFZen
PDFZen

PDFescape

PDFescape is very similar to PDFZen, with similar capabilities and similar tools, but a slightly different interface.

PDFescape
PDFescape

2 thoughts on “Adobe Acrobat for Chromebook”

  1. Is it free to have the pdf reader for writing notes and etc. Because we’ve got a business where that is required of us. We are accustomed to just downloading the Adobe reader offline, but it does not look like we can do that on these. So is there a cost?

    1. There’s no paid version of the Adobe software for Chromebook that will allow you to use annotations – just the alternatives on this page.

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