23 February 2024

Adobe Brings Conversational AI to Trillions of PDFs – Students Are Sure To Use It

This new feature, in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat is designed to enhance the digital document experience by leveraging generative AI for both consumption and creation.

Key Features of the AI Assistant

  • AI Assistant: The AI Assistant recommends questions based on a PDF’s content and answers questions about what’s in the document through an intuitive conversational interface.
  • Generative Summary: This feature provides a quick understanding of the content inside long documents with short overviews in easy-to-read formats.
  • Intelligent Citations: Adobe’s custom attribution engine and proprietary AI generate citations, allowing users to easily verify the source of AI Assistant’s answers.
  • Easy Navigation: Clickable links help users quickly find what they need in long documents.
  • Formatted Output: The AI Assistant can consolidate and format information into top takeaways, text for emails, presentations, reports, and more. A “copy” button makes it easy to cut, paste, and pass along.
  • Respect for Customer Data: AI Assistant features in Reader and Acrobat are governed by data security protocols and no customer document content is stored or used for training AI Assistant without their consent.
  • Beyond PDF: Customers can use AI Assistant with all kinds of document formats (Word, PowerPoint, meeting transcripts, etc.)

Who Can Benefit?

The AI Assistant transforms long documents and overwhelming information into helpful insights and easy-to-understand, actionable content. This can be beneficial for:

  • Project Managers: They can now scan, summarize, and distribute meeting highlights in seconds.
  • Sales Teams: They can personalize pitch decks and respond to client requests in minutes.
  • Students: They can shorten the time they spend hunting through research and spend more time on analysis and insights.
  • Social Media and Marketing Teams: They can quickly surface top trends and issues into daily updates for stakeholders.

Future Developments

Adobe has a deep and rich roadmap ahead for AI Assistant capabilities:

  • Insights across multiple documents and document types: AI Assistant will work across multiple documents, document types, and sources, instantly surfacing the most important information from everywhere.
  • AI-powered authoring, editing, and formatting: AI Assistant will make it simple to quickly generate first drafts and help with copy editing – instantly changing voice and tone, compressing copy length, and suggesting content design and layout.
  • Intelligent creation: Key features from Firefly, Adobe’s family of creative generative models, and Adobe Express will make it simple for anyone to make their documents more creative, professional, and personal.
  • Elevating document collaboration with AI-supported reviews: Generative AI will make the process simple, analyzing feedback and comments, suggesting changes, and even highlighting and helping resolve conflicting feedback.


Reader and Acrobat customers will have access to the full range of AI Assistant capabilities through a new add-on subscription plan when AI Assistant is out of beta. Until then, the new AI Assistant features are available in beta for Acrobat Standard and Pro Individual and Teams subscription plans on desktop and web in English, with features coming to Reader desktop customers in English over the next few weeks – all at no additional cost.

Disclaimer: This blog post is based on a press release from Adobe. For more information, visit the article link here.

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