Adobe Unveils Acrobat AI Assistant for PDFs; Can Generate Summaries, Answer Questions


Finally, Adobe has released generative artificial intelligence (AI) features for its Acrobat and Reader platforms. Called Acrobat AI Assistant, the company first introduced the AI ​​features in February 2024 in beta. After spending almost two months in testing, it is now available to users worldwide. The AI ​​Assistant is available in both desktop and web clients. Additionally, Adobe also highlights that the company is working on a text-to-video AI model.

In making the announcement, Abhigyan Modi, senior vice president of Adobe Document Cloud, said, “Whether doing taxes, collaborating on contracts, or creating and sharing research papers, Acrobat is the trusted platform for PDFs. Acrobat AI Assistant enables billions of people to go from reading documents to having a conversation, enabling them to quickly and easily get information and format and share content from all types of digital documents.

According to Adobe, the Acrobat AI Assistant is an AI-powered generative conversation engine integrated with Reader and Acrobat workflows. It can help users in multiple ways. The chatbot can recommend questions based on the content of a PDF and answer user queries. It can follow the speech of the conversation, like the leading AI chatbots. The AI ​​assistant can also generate summaries from long documents in easy-to-read formats.

In addition, Acrobat AI Assistant can also generate citations using a custom attribution engine. This can help users verify the origin of answers given by the AI. The company claims the AI ​​also provides clickable links to locate information in long documents. Summaries can be easily shared using a copy button provided in the interface. Regarding data privacy, Adobe says that no customer document content is stored or used to train AI assistants without their consent.

Apart from the familiar web and desktop interfaces, the company has also made the Acrobat AI assistant available in beta in Acrobat Reader mobile. The feature also supports voice commands. Additionally, users can also find the AI ​​chatbot in Acrobat's existing Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions.

Acrobat AI Assistant will be available to users with free Reader or paid Acrobat for individual plans if they purchase a new subscription to the AI ​​Assistant add-on starting at $4.99 (roughly Rs. 420) per month. Adobe says this is an early access price and may increase after June 5th.

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