Developing a Mobile PDF Strategy

Features to consider when developing a mobile PDF Strategy

Everywhere you look, you see that mobile first dominates current web strategies. Businesses know that many users are accessing their web content via mobile devices so they’re adjusting and planning accordingly. Since PDF documents are such a large part of many organizations’ web content, it makes sense to consider these files when developing a mobile strategy.

The core of your mobile strategy—a unified PDF experience on any platform

The core of a good mobile strategy is giving visitors a common experience no matter which type of device they use to access content. PDF documents should not lose any functionality as they move between the desktop and the mobile environment. The PDF reader software that users install on their devices to open PDF documents usually take the lion’s share of responsibility for making that happen.

While your organization may not have much control over the PDF reader you’re your web visitors install, however, when it comes to your employees, the story is different. Having control over which software is installed onto the desktop or mobile devices gives your organization the opportunity to define the software used to open and read PDF documents. In this way, you can ensure that users experience is consistent across environments. You can also ensure that whatever security protocols your company has in place are adhered to, including in use of PDF files.

Here are some examples of where this consistency is pretty important.

Collaboration across platforms

Your company may be using collaborative features such as Shared Review.  Making sure your desktop and mobile PDF solutions support your Shared Review solution enables employees to collaborate using the platform of their choice.

Ensure rights management on the go

Proprietary and confidential information that’s contained within a PDF document is generally secured using rights management. If users try to open a PDF document with a reader application that doesn’t support your rights management software, they won’t be able to open the file, let alone work on it. This affects the mobile worker in some serious ways, so it benefits them to adhere to your standards.

The Foxit Mobile PDF platform

Foxit mobile apps for both iOS and Android, allow users to access PDF documents on their mobile device and offer a consistent experience with our desktop products.  In addition to standard read and annotate functions, both mobile apps allow enterprise users integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory Rights Management environments.

Adopting a mobile first strategy goes much deeper than just the company website; it involves creating a plan that allows users to consume all available content on any device they are working with. The software offerings from Foxit makes mobile first PDF content easier to create and deploy for all types of users.

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