Feature request / Bug report

Reopen PDFs Launched in previous sessions on Opening Acrobat/Reader

A Prereference in Acrobat should be there which loads the last session of opened tabs/pdfs on relaunching. Also could provide options to save/load previous sessions.
This may be Important to the users who work on several pdfs at a time but wish to retain the opened docs in the next Acrobat session.
Also Session could be managed to retain even after machine restart and then launching acrobat.

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    AdminAyush Jain (Admin, Adobe) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For anyone who can't wait, PDF Xchange has this feature.

        You can even save your session as a file, which is useful if you want to start fresh and still have the ability to later open the group of PDFs you used to have open. I also sometimes save a session file to cloud storage, so I can open up the same group of PDFs on another computer (provided the 2nd computer has the same folder/file structure).

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This has been a huge problem for me for so long. As a postgrad student, it is immensely helpful to always have the same documents in tabs. I am very happy since I purchased PDF Expert (3 licenses included, at 1/2 price for students). And I can annotate very nicely, as well as edit if need be. I can also take screen-shots of equations to paste in.

      • FG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is so overdue....with Windows 10 updating and rebooting itself it has become very frustrating to try to reload a bunch of PDF's. Chrome has restore facility so why not Acrobat? I now take regular screenshots of open Adobe tabs to remember the chain of documents. I have asked my engineering postgrad students to look for alternative software

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here’s a joke. I contacted customer support via chat at Adobe and forwarded a link to this user feedback chain. She responded that this was not a part of Adobe and that this was a third-party site. I didn’t bother arguing and just tried to explain my request to add the save session feature. She responds that it’s not available at this time but I can submit a request. She then sends me a link to the same website that I had just sent her. So so stupid. I’m looking for other options at this point. I would appreciate any and all suggestions.

      • Naeem commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Looks like Adobe team doesn't understand different type of users using Adobe Reader, many of them keep more than one pdf's opened and want it to reopen at next start.

        I would say Adobe team should change the way they do user testing.

      • Mal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Adobe, please address this issue with a decision and a delivery date. It's been 'under review' for 18 months now. How long does it take you to make an obvious decision ? Your competitors have this feature (for years). Your customers are demanding it. People are leaving your product and publicising alternatives on your own site, because you are unresponsive. It's an easy, inexpensive feature to add. Firefox has it. Chrome has it. WinWord has it. Your customers have even handed you the use-cases for it. Some of us are limited to use of Acrobat by corporate policy, so we don't have the obvious choice to use a competitor product. Please, Just Do It...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have a distinct impression that coders just don't care very much about what the end result and functionality is. Especially when fuelled by Agile methodology: everyone keeps getting paid for never-ending tweaks, but properly functioning software is not the prime consideration. And... coders are not scientists!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I switched to PDF-XChange Editor, cheaper and providing the required functions... Bye, Adobe and in the near future hopefully 'Bye, PDF Standard!'

      • Jahanzeb Farooq commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So frustrating it is not possible. It is a nightmare to remember and re-open dozens of file every time I need to reboot.

      • RB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Plus one would like to be able to reboot without having to recall and reopen the tabs one was working on. Those tabs are what I use as a sort of to-do list. Here it is 2019, nearly 2 years since the initial request was made and there has been no action. Why can’t you make what appears to be a simple change?? Browsers do it, but Acrobat can’t?!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am extremely happy with PDF Expert (half price for students). It gives me all I need for Uni studies! Annotations, editing of all kinds. Very useful for researching papers.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would appear that Adobe doesn't give a **** about customer service. Time to start using a different program

      • Mohamed Mohamady commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I had 19 Files working on for my PhD. Dissertation, I had to save/close them all losing the exact pages I was working on because my Laptop was still on for a week and it needed a break after dozens times of hibernation.
        Please add the feature to restore the last session.

      • No One commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        another sorrow Thursday on which I have to reopen all pdf manually. the world needs the "reopen all previous documents on startup" option in acrobat!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a freelancer, I often work on multiple projects at a time. Having each file open with setting as I closed it would be a big time saver for me. Time is money in my world. A lot of the features in previous iterations were time/money savers for me. I don't understand why they went away!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There even seems to be an option for this in preferences . . . but it does not work.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another suggestion: macOS does not need to restart when updating software (unless the macOS itself is updated). And if Windows is necessary, Parallels can run it as a Virtual Machine inside macOS.
        I used to run Windows for a very long time, but would never go back to it.
        However, I understand PDFelement may do the job under Windows.

      • Hale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really, I am sick of reopening all 15 tabs of every-day reference documents after every Windows Update reboot.

        The only reason I use Acrobat is the proprietary and non-standard encoding of documents by Adobe, like encoding of Japanese text. Such documents are never read correctly by 3rd party tools relying purely on open part of specifications.

        But Adobe software is becoming worse every year, and never improves.

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