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Back and Forward Navigation Buttons in Adobe PDF Readers for Tablets

Community Beginner ,
Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

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Dear Adobe Support,

 

This is to request a feature that would greatly enhance the usability and efficiency of your PDF readers. I am referring to the back and forward buttons that would allow users to navigate through the links and bookmarks within a PDF document.

 

As a researcher, I often read scientific papers that have thousands of links to equations, figures, tables, references, and other sections. These links are very useful for understanding the content and following the logic of the paper. However, without the back and forward buttons, it is very frustrating and time-consuming to navigate through these links. One has to manually scroll or use the page navigation toolbar to go back to the previous page or position, which often disrupts my reading flow and concentration. Sometimes, I even lose track of where I was before clicking on a link.

 

Even though your PDF readers have some features that can help with navigation, such as the page thumbnails panel, the bookmarks panel, and the automatic scrolling, none of these features can replace the convenience and simplicity of the back and forward buttons. 

 

I think that adding the back and forward buttons to your PDF readers would be a valuable and appreciated improvement for millions of users, especially those who deal with academic, technical, or legal documents. I'm specifically asking for adding these buttons on the tablet (Android / iPadOS) versions of your PDF readers in view of an increased use of these platforms for academic reading.

 

This feature is hardly available in any web browsers or other PDF viewers. It would be great if Adobe, as the leader and pioneer in PDF technology, could also implement this feature in its products.

 

I hope that you will recognize my request as something simple yet of radical importance and forward it to the product management team.

 

Thank you for your attention and support.

 

P.S.: If your product management intends to take my request seriously, please keep me posted of the progress on this forum. Thanks. 

 

Sincerely,

Meet Kumar

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Community Expert ,
Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

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This is not Adobe Support. You can submit feature requests here: https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 29, 2024 Jan 29, 2024

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[MOVED TO THE ACROBAT READER MOBILE DISCUSSIONS]

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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Hi @Meet35089942myvx,

 

Hope you are doing well. Thank you for writing in!

 

I will take this up and forward your request to the product team for review.

 

Meanwhile, as suggested earlier, please fill in the feature request form in the link shared above or from here: https://acrobat.uservoice.com/.

Doing so ensures that your feedback directly reaches the dev team.

 

-Souvik

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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Done!

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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Thanks @Meet35089942myvx!

 

Would you mind sharing the same link here? I want to link that to the feedback I share with the team.

 

-Souvik

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Feb 04, 2024 Feb 04, 2024

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 05, 2024 Feb 05, 2024

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Thanks @Meet35089942myvx for sharing the links.

 

Added them to the feature request I logged for the team to review.

 

Best!
Souvik

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Feb 14, 2024 Feb 14, 2024

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Souvik, I just found some of your competitors have this feature: Pdf Pro and Foxit Reader. Also Liquid Text. However the buttons are small and less prominent, thats why it eluded me. 

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