Abobe AI lets you tell a PDF to ‘summarize itself’

Abobe AI lets you tell a PDF to ‘summarize itself’

/ 10:13 AM February 22, 2024

Most focus on ChatGPT’s and other tools’ ability to generate text and media. Often, we ignore that we order these chatbots to do things by speaking with them. For example, ask, “ChatGPT, did you write this?”, copy and paste a passage, and the bot will tell you if it made that text. Nowadays, this capability is part of many digital tools.

Adobe’s latest AI assistant is one of the most recent and interesting examples. It allows a user to “speak” with a PDF document to find a specific word or to summarize itself. Soon, this program could facilitate reading long documents like contracts and legislation. The best part is it will spread into other popular programs like Microsoft Word!

How does the Adobe AI work?

Illustration depicting the functioning of Adobe AI technology.
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The PDF and Photoshop company announced its newest AI tool yesterday. It will be available as a beta feature for Acrobat Individual, Pro, and Teams customers and Acrobat Pro trialists. 


Adobe says users will not need to set up the new feature. They could enjoy the following features immediately:

  • AI Assistant: Ask questions about your PDF’s content, and the AI program will answer based on what’s in the document.
  • Generative summary: The AI program will give you a short, easy-to-read overview of documents.
  • Intelligent citations: Adobe AI will automatically search and cite the sources of its answers.
  • Easy navigation: The program will provide clickable links that let you jump to specific sections.
  • Formatted output: Adobe AI can make emails, presentations, reports, and other messages based on your document.
  • Beyond PDF: The assistant works with documents other than PDFs. For example, it works with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and meeting transcripts.

What is Adobe Firefly?

Visual representation of Adobe Firefly, an innovative tool by Adobe.
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The Photoshop company has been producing AI programs before its PDF assistant. For example, an Inquirer Tech article reported on its image generator and editor called Firefly. 

Its website shows a demo GIF where a user selects a lighthouse in an image. Then, the user uses AI to replace that building with similar-looking ones.

The user scrolls down and selects the empty space under the image. Next, the user types a text prompt so that the AI can generate an underwater city beneath. 

Doing this the conventional way takes hours because you must search for or create other images of a lighthouse and an underwater city.

Then, you must adjust color grading and manipulate layers to ensure the new objects seem like natural parts of the image. In contrast, Adobe Firefly does all that in seconds!

Firefly makes it easier to create vectors and brushes from images. Highlight a logo with AI to turn it into a brush so that you can easily stamp it on Photoshop pictures.


Moreover, the new AI works on videos, helping you change the mood, atmosphere, and weather in a clip. 

For example, a demo showed Adobe Firefly turning a summer photo into a winter landscape with realistic snowfall.

Adobe’s artificial intelligence also makes life easier for online marketers. Its demo GIF showed a user replacing a model for an ad by dragging another into the image.

Artists have been worrying about AI copyright due to AI image generators. Fortunately, it seems Adobe Firefly provides a solution with the “Do Not Train” tag. 

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Add it to a project’s Content Credentials to ensure Adobe does not use it to train its AI model. In the future, the company plans to apply the tool to 3D compositions.

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