Adobe Acrobat

Acrobat DC is available through the cloud for a subscription fee

Adobe Acrobat is software and web services that are used to create, edit, manipulate, print and manage PDF files, which can be viewed on any computer system that has software capable of reading PDF files, such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. PDF documents are freely interchangeable between devices and platforms. They are legible even if the recipients don't have the fonts, graphics and other elements used to create the PDF.

Current Versions of Adobe Acrobat

Although Acrobat 11 is supported through October 2017, the future is all about cloud computing. The most recent version of Acrobat is Adobe Acrobat DC, which is available through a monthly cloud subscription. It gives Acrobat users access wherever the user is—on computers and mobile devices. Versions include:

  • Acrobat Standard DC. This Windows-only version is used to create, edit and sign PDFs in the office and on mobile devices. 
  • Acrobat Pro DC. This version offers expanded capabilities and works on Windows and Macs.

Acrobat DC Capabilities

In addition to the basic PDF capabilities, Acrobat DC makes it possible to:

  • Add PDF passwords and permissions to any PDF.
  • Convert HTML pages to PDF for review or printing offline
  • Combine spreadsheets, emails, and documents into one PDF
  • Take a photo of a paper document with your mobile device and generate a PDF with it
  • Convert Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to PDF
  • Work with improved commenting tools
  • Work with Box and OneDrive
  • Add audio or video files and interactive objects to PDFs
  • Edit data in scanned tables
  • Get legal e-signatures
  • Track files online
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