Basics

What is Adobe Acrobat 2017?

Acrobat 2017 is the latest perpetual version of Acrobat. It's the complete desktop solution for working with PDF documents. Acrobat 2017 simplifies everyday PDF tasks and includes many productivity enhancements when working with PDFs from your desktop.

You can work with Acrobat 2017 on the desktop only or purchase an Acrobat DC subscription to take advantage of additional capabilities made possible by Adobe Document Cloud services.

Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat 2017:

  • Instantly edit scanned documents: Turn paper scans into editable PDFs with automatic font matching, so new edits blend right in.
  • Create protected PDFs: Create high-quality PDF files from Acrobat or popular Microsoft Office apps. Add restrictions to prevent others from copying, editing, or printing sensitive information.
  • Edit PDF text and images: Use a familiar point-and-click interface to edit PDF documents intuitively— right within Acrobat.
  • Export PDFs to Office: Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint formats while preserving fonts, formatting, and layouts.
  • Work with Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive: Access, edit, and store files in your Dropbox, Box, or Microsoft OneDrive account while working in Acrobat 2017.
  • Sign anything: Fill, sign, and send forms fast with smart autofill.
  • Delete sensitive information: Find and get rid of text, images, or even metadata—permanently.

I own a previous version of Acrobat. Why should I move to Acrobat 2017?

Here are some of the new things you can do with Acrobat Pro 2017 on the desktop:

Reasons to upgrade from Acrobat DC Perpetual:

  • Quickly and accurately detect differences between two PDF files with the all-new Compare Files tool
  • Open multiple PDFs in a single window to get work done faster with new multi-tabbed viewing.
  • Create brand new numbered or bulleted lists while working in the Edit PDF tool
  • The new scan-to-PDF workflow makes it easy to choose the best scanning options to get the best results
  • Digitally sign, certify, and verify documents more easily with the updated Certificates tool.
  • Use the enhanced Tools search to quickly find the tool you need to complete a given task.
  • New First Time Experience cards and “To Do” list with associated walkthroughs.
  • Initiate Sharepoint-based shared reviews on Mac to give and get feedback quickly
  • Change Acrobat’s look to reflect your taste. Choose the default light theme or the new dark theme.
  • The redesigned touch-friendly interface makes it easier than ever to give and get fast, clear feedback
  • Use your finger or a hardware pen to draw and write more smoothly on PDFs on Windows 10 devices
  • Preview files and use shortcuts to launch popular tasks and tools directly from the Home view.

Reasons to upgrade from Acrobat XI include the all the benefits above, plus:

  • Turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs
  • Edit PDFs faster with full-page paragraph reflow and easy bullet updates
  • Export PDFs to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint with improved bullets and tables
  • Fill, sign, and send forms fast from anywhere with smart autofill
  • Use a spell checker to identify and fix typos in your PDF
  • Crop and correct photos of paper documents automatically
  • Fix suspected text recognition errors in scans with a side-by-side view
  • Store and access files securely online with 5GB of free storage

With a subscription to Acrobat Pro DC, you will get all the Acrobat Pro 2017 features plus:

  • Use the Acrobat Reader mobile app to create, edit, and sign PDFs
  • Create PDFs files from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, images or photos from your mobile device or online
  • Convert PDFs into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or RTF files from your mobile device or online
  • Edit text in a PDF on your iPad
  • Organize pages in PDF files from your iOS or Android tablet or smartphone.
  • Turn your mobile device camera into a portable scanner
  • Combine multiple files into a single PDF
  • Get signatures from others, track responses, and archive signed documents
  • Send, track and confirm receipt of important documents, without overnight deliveries
  • Store and access files securely online with 20GB of storage
  • Get ongoing access to new features, security updates and upgrades at no additional charge

Which products make up the Adobe Acrobat 2017 family of software?

Adobe Acrobat includes desktop products, free mobile apps, and free online services available through Adobe Document Cloud.

Desktop products for Windows:

Desktop products for Mac OS:

 Mobile apps:

Web app:

How can I purchase Acrobat 2017?

See the Adobe Product Catalog to discover purchase options for Adobe Acrobat.

Does Adobe have tools to help IT departments with enterprise deployments?

Yes, many Acrobat tools and utilities are available to streamline enterprise deployments and help control IT costs. To learn more, visit the IT resources page.

How can I learn to use the new features in Acrobat?

For information and tutorials on how to use the new features and functionality in Acrobat, visit Acrobat Learn and Support.

How does product activation work in Acrobat 2017?

Activation is a required process by which Adobe validates that your software is genuine and being used as allowed by your product license agreement. It is intended to protect both your rights as a consumer and Adobe’s rights as a software developer. Activation also helps confirm that the software you bought is not counterfeit.

Acrobat products automatically attempt to activate over the Internet. During activation, no personal information is transmitted. Each single-user license grants rights for Acrobat to be installed on two computers at any given time. See the Adobe software activation page for more information.

If your organization has computers that cannot be online for activation, IT administrators can set an offline exception using Adobe Customization Wizard. Learn more about IT resources.

What are the minimum system requirements to run Acrobat 2017?

See the Acrobat technical specifications page for information.

What languages does Acrobat 2017 work in?

See the Acrobat technical specifications page for information.

What languages do free Adobe Document Cloud services and storage connections work in?

See the Adobe Document Cloud Language Tiers page for information.

Adobe Document Cloud

What can I do with free Adobe Document Cloud services when working in Acrobat 2017?

Adobe Document Cloud services work with Acrobat desktop, web, and mobile apps to help you stay connected – and stay productive – wherever you are.

Sign up for free Adobe Document Cloud services to get these advantages:

  • Adobe Document Cloud storage: Store and access files online with 5GB of free storage
  • Fill & Sign: Fill and e-sign forms quickly with instant access to your personal autofill collection across desktop, web, and mobile
  • Send files: Upload large files and easily share with others

Purchase a subscription to Acrobat Standard DC, or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to perform essential PDF tasks using a web browser or mobile device and enhance the functionality of Acrobat desktop software.

  • Create PDF: Convert documents, images or photos into PDF files (web and mobile)
  • Export PDF: Turn PDFs into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or RTF files (web and mobile)
  • Edit PDF: Add or edit text in a PDF (iPad with Acrobat Pro DC subscription only)
  • Organize PDF: Reorder, delete, or rotate pages in a PDF (web and mobile with Acrobat Pro DC subscription only)
  • Combine PDF: Combine multiple files into a single PDF (web only)
  • Send & Track: Send, track, and confirm delivery of documents electronically instead of using fax or overnight services (this service supports desktop, web, and mobile functionality)
  • Send for Signature: Send documents for signature and then track, manage, and store them online (this service supports desktop, web, and mobile functionality)
  • Fill & Sign: Fill and e-sign forms quickly with instant access to your personal autofill collection (this service supports desktop, web, and mobile functionality)
  • Adobe Document Cloud storage: Store and access files online with 20GB of storage

Do I have to work with Adobe Document Cloud services if I purchase Acrobat 2017?

No. Acrobat 2017 desktop software can be used by itself, without taking advantage of Adobe Document Cloud services.

Do I need to be online to use Acrobat?

The first time you open Acrobat 2017 desktop software, you’ll need an Internet connection for software activation. After that, you’ll be able to work offline with ease.

My company won’t let me run software in the Cloud, but I still need Acrobat. What should I do?

Acrobat 2017 desktop software doesn't run in the cloud – it is locally installed software running on your desktop.  It can connect to free Document Cloud services to provide a richer array of features and capabilities.  However, if your company prohibits software that connects to the cloud, talk to your IT administrator. Acrobat settings can be customized to remove access to the cloud services. Learn more about IT resources.

Is Adobe Document Cloud secure?

Yes. At Adobe, the security of your digital experiences is our priority. Industry standard security practices are deeply ingrained into our internal culture, software development, as well as service operations processes. Whether related to identity management, data confidentiality, or document integrity, Adobe Document Cloud employs industry-standard security practices to protect your documents, data, and personal information. For additional information about our security practices, the Adobe Secure Product Lifecycle, or Adobe Document Cloud solution security, please see www.adobe.com/security.

Mobile

What can I do with the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app?

The free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app makes it easy to view and interact with PDF files from anywhere on your Android, iOS, or Windows devices. It also lets you unlock premium Document Cloud features to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Standard DC or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Learn more about the Acrobat Reader mobile app. Or, download it from Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or the Windows Phone Store.

What is the Adobe Sign mobile app, and how does it relate to Acrobat Reader for mobile?

Adobe Sign mobile app is a free, stand-alone app that works as a mobile companion to Adobe Sign, which is included in Acrobat Standard DC, Acrobat Pro DC, and Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise subscription plans. Adobe Sign lets you conduct complete business transactions on the go. With it, you can send, sign, track, and manage signed documents from your iOS or Android device. It’s also the ideal tool for collecting e-signatures in person from a client or customer. Adobe Sign works independently of the Acrobat Reader mobile app. You can download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

What is the Adobe Fill & Sign mobile app, and how does it work with Acrobat Reader for mobile?

Adobe Fill & Sign is a free mobile app that can be used all by itself, or with Acrobat Reader mobile app. While Reader lets you work with fillable PDF forms and draw a signature with your finger, Fill & Sign gives you an easy way to work with paper forms or PDFs that haven’t been optimized for form filling.  You can download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store. With Fill & Sign on an iPad or Android tablet device, you can:

  • Open a PDF file, take a photo, or pick an image from your mobile device
  • Type answers right onto the form, or accept autofill suggestions
  • Sign your form by typing or drawing your signature, or using an image
  • Edit your personal autofill collection so you don’t have to retype frequently-used information each time you complete a new form

What is the Adobe Scan mobile app?

The free Adobe Scan mobile app makes it easy to capture and work with scans from anywhere using your Android and iOS devices. Quickly scan anything — receipts, notes, documents, business cards, whiteboards — and transform your images into searchable, high-quality Adobe PDFs.

While both Acrobat Reader and Adobe scan apps use a similar scanning engine, the standalone Adobe Scan app contains additional features; for example, automatic scanning and text recognition (OCR) capabilities.

Do Adobe’s mobile apps support enterprise mobility management (EMM)?

Yes. Adobe is committed to helping enterprise customers meet demand for mobile business productivity solutions while safeguarding enterprise security and compliance. The Acrobat Reader and Adobe Sign mobile apps both support the Android for Work EMM platform, and Adobe Acrobat Reader for Microsoft Intune is available for iOS and Android. Acrobat Reader also supports the AppConfig platform. Learn more about IT resources.    

Are all of the features available on my computer in Acrobat Reader for mobile?

No, but the Acrobat Reader mobile app includes essential PDF tools, including the most popular Acrobat features. With Acrobat Reader on Android or iOS devices, you can create, export, sign, and send PDFs with ease. And working on an iPad, you can also edit text in a PDF and organize pages. Learn more about the Acrobat Reader mobile app.

Purchasing Acrobat 2017

How do I buy Acrobat 2017?

Acrobat 2017 is offered as a one-time desktop purchase.

Get Acrobat Pro 2017 or Acrobat Standard 2017 for your desktop only. Special upgrade pricing is available for Acrobat XI and DC perpetual software owners. Select an Adobe store to order Acrobat 2017 products or contact an Adobe Authorized Reseller. To purchase Acrobat 2017 for your organization, learn more about Acrobat volume licensing.

I own a previous version of Acrobat. What’s my best option for buying Acrobat 2017?

If you own Acrobat Pro XI or DC perpetual software – or Acrobat Standard XI or DC perpetual software – you also qualify for a reduced price upgrade when purchasing a perpetual (one-time) license. A one-time purchase includes desktop software and lets you work with free Adobe Document Cloud services only.

Is there a trial version of Acrobat 2017?

No, there is not. However, you can download a trial version of Acrobat Pro DC desktop software for Windows or Mac. Acrobat DC trial software lets you take advantage of all the powerful features built into the desktop software for Windows or Mac. Although Document Cloud services are not included automatically, you can sign up for a free Adobe Document Cloud services account. Complete Document Cloud services are available with subscription plans only. The trial software is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Read the trial FAQ.

Will Acrobat 2017 continue to be available as a desktop-only software license?

Yes, Adobe is committed to delivering a variety of Acrobat software purchase options to meet customer requirements. The Acrobat family of products will continue to be available via a perpetual software (desktop-only) license that is sold through volume licensing programs such as the Transactional Licensing ProgramCumulative Licensing Program, as well as through retail and e-tail stores via product key cards and digital delivery.

Are there any changes to the availability of Upgrade Plan for Acrobat?

No changes have been made to the availability of Upgrade Plan under the Cumulative Licensing Program for Acrobat, and there are no planned changes at this time.

What do I get when I subscribe to Acrobat DC vs. making a one-time purchase of Acrobat 2017 desktop software?

When you subscribe to Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat Standard DC, you pay a low monthly fee to get:

  • Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard desktop software, respectively – including new features and services updates on an ongoing basis.
  • Full access to premium Adobe Document Cloud services, which let you complete a wide variety of PDF tasks with the Acrobat Reader mobile app or your web browser, including storing and sharing files online. Document Cloud services also enable complete workflows for sending, e-signing, tracking, and managing documents.

When you buy an Acrobat 2017 perpetual license as a one-time purchase, you get:

  • Acrobat Pro 2017 or Acrobat Standard 2017 desktop software.
  • If you sign up for a free Adobe Document Cloud account, you can also work with the Acrobat Reader mobile app or your web browser to complete basic PDF tasks, including storing and sharing files online.

What type of plans are available if I want to purchase Acrobat 2017 in volume?

Contact an Adobe Authorized Reseller to purchase Acrobat 2017 through the Transactional Licensing Program or Cumulative Licensing Program, or request a contact from Adobe to learn about Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise plans.

My company is interested in purchasing Acrobat 2017 in volume. How do I get started?

Contact an Adobe Authorized Reseller, or request a contact from Adobe Enterprise sales.

Functionality

What are the most significant changes in Acrobat 2017 compared to previous versions of Acrobat perpetual desktop software?

Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 simplifies everyday PDF tasks and includes many productivity enhancements when working with PDFs from your desktop.

The most significant changes from Acrobat DC Perpetual:

  • Quickly and accurately detect differences between two PDF files with the all-new Compare Files tool
  • Open multiple PDFs in a single window to get work done faster with new multi-tabbed viewing.
  • Create brand new numbered or bulleted lists while working in the Edit PDF tool
  • The new scan-to-PDF workflow makes it easy to choose the best scanning options to get the best results
  • Digitally sign, certify, and verify documents more easily with the updated Certificates tool.
  • Use the enhanced Tools search to quickly find the tool you need to complete a given task.
  • New First Time Experience cards and “To Do” list with associated walkthroughs.
  • Initiate Sharepoint-based shared reviews on Mac to give and get feedback quickly
  • Change Acrobat’s look to reflect your taste. Choose the default light theme or the new dark theme.
  • The redesigned touch-friendly interface makes it easier than ever to give and get fast, clear feedback
  • Use your finger or a hardware pen to draw and write more smoothly on PDFs on Windows 10 devices
  • Preview files and use shortcuts to launch popular tasks and tools directly from the Home view.

The most significant changes from Acrobat XI include the all the benefits above, plus:

  • Turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs
  • Edit PDFs faster with full-page paragraph reflow and easy bullet updates
  • Export PDFs to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint with improved bullets and tables
  • Fill, sign, and send forms fast from anywhere with smart autofill
  • Use a spell checker to identify and fix typos in your PDF
  • Crop and correct photos of paper documents automatically
  • Fix suspected text recognition errors in scans with a side-by-side view
  • Store and access files securely online with 5GB of free storage

With a subscription to Acrobat Pro DC, you will get all the Acrobat Pro 2017 features plus:

  • Use the Acrobat Reader mobile app to create, edit, and sign PDFs
  • Create PDFs files from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, images or photos from your mobile device or online
  • Convert PDFs into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or RTF files from your mobile device or online
  • Edit text in a PDF on your iPad
  • Organize pages in PDF files from your iOS or Android tablet or smartphone.
  • Turn your mobile device camera into a portable scanner
  • Combine multiple files into a single PDF
  • Get signatures from others, track responses, and archive signed documents
  • Send, track and confirm receipt of important documents, without overnight deliveries
  • Store and access files securely online with 20GB of storage
  • Get ongoing access to new features, security updates, and upgrades at no additional charge

Is Acrobat 2017 64-bit compliant?

Yes. Acrobat runs as a 64-bit application on Mac.  Acrobat on Windows runs on Windows Server 2016 (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit), 2012 (64 bit), or 2012 R2 (64 bit); Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit); or Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit); or Windows 10 (32 and 64bit).

What protected viewing modes are available in Adobe Acrobat 2017 and Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017?

Like Protected Mode in Acrobat Reader, Protected View is an implementation of “sandboxing” technology for the rich Acrobat feature set. In Acrobat 2017, Adobe extends the functionality of Protected View beyond blocking write-based attacks that attempt to execute malicious code on your computer system using the PDF file format to read-based attacks that attempt to steal your sensitive data or intellectual property via PDF files.

Just like Protected Mode, Protected View confines the execution of untrusted programs (for example, any PDF file and the processes it invokes) to a restricted sandbox to avoid malicious code using the PDF format from writing to or reading from your computer’s file system. Protected View assumes all PDF files are potentially malicious and confines processing to the sandbox unless you specifically indicate that a file is trusted.

Acrobat 2017 and Microsoft

How does Acrobat 2017 work with Microsoft Office?

Acrobat 2017 integrates seamlessly with Office 365, Office 2013, Office 2010, and Office 2007 applications.

From Windows environments, you can:

  • Create high-quality Adobe PDFs from the Acrobat task ribbon in Office apps (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook).
  • Add protection to PDFs created from the Acrobat ribbon in Office to restrict others from copying or editing sensitive content.
  • Use the Acrobat ribbon in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to execute many steps at once. Quickly email a PDF file, protect it with a password, set file usage restrictions, or send a file out for shared review. In Acrobat Pro 2017, you can also create a PDF and immediately run a preset Action to run predefined tasks, such as preparing a document for archiving or public distribution.
  • Use the Send & Track plug-in for Microsoft Outlook to send large or small files to others and set tracking options to get notified when people view your file (Acrobat DC subscription only)
  • Import comments from a PDF file into the source Word document as markups that can be accepted or rejected with the Microsoft Word Track Changes tool.
  • Simplify email search and retrieval. Archive emails or email folders from Microsoft Outlook with one-button ease.
  • Create high-quality Adobe PDFs directly from Microsoft Project or Visio.

Additional ways to work with Microsoft tools:

  • Use the Acrobat ribbon in Microsoft Word for Mac to create high-quality PDF files, complete with interactive links.
  • Work in Acrobat 2017 to turn existing PDFs into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files with industry-leading formatting accuracy. Keep layouts, bulleted lists, and tables intact for easy editing in Office applications.
  • Work with Windows 10 touch-enabled devices
  • Use your finger or a hardware pen to draw and write more smoothly on PDFs on Windows 10 devices leveraging Microsoft's DirectInk technology.
  • Capture web pages as PDF files with a single click from Microsoft Internet Explorer. Convert all or part of the page, keeping links, layouts, and formatting intact.

Does Acrobat 2017 integrate with Microsoft SharePoint?

Yes. From SharePoint document libraries, you can:

  • Open a PDF file, edit it in Acrobat, and save it back into the repository.
  • Turn any repository file into a PDF and save it
  • Turn any repository file into a PDF and email it
  • Combine multiple files into a single PDF

You can also automate processes by hosting shared document reviews or data collection for PDF forms on Office 365 or your SharePoint server.

Does Acrobat 2017 work with the most current Microsoft environments?

Yes, Acrobat 2017 works with both 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10. It also works with 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016.

Support

What versions of Acrobat does Adobe currently support?

Adobe actively supports Acrobat DC, Acrobat 2017 and Acrobat XI. Per the Adobe Enterprise Support Lifecycle Policy, support for Acrobat X ended on November 15, 2015, and support for Acrobat XI will end on October 15, 2017. Learn more about Supported Product Versions.

What support options are available for Acrobat 2017 products?

Registered owners of the current version of Acrobat are eligible to receive person-to-person support on issues related to installation and products, with affordable per-incident support prices. Visit the Acrobat Help page for additional support information, including worldwide telephone support numbers, Knowledgebase articles, and tutorials — available free of charge. The Acrobat Help page also provides detailed information on common Acrobat issues.

How does Acrobat 2017 handle updates and security patches?

As a perpetual (one-time) license, you will get bug fixes and security updates throughout the supported lifecycle of the product. Acrobat 2017 uses a quarterly update cadence to deliver security and platform enhancements and bug fixes only. It does not provide access to new or enhanced features, and enables access to free Adobe Document Cloud services only. IT administrators can tune out Document Cloud services if desired. Learn more.

For organizations that prefer to manage their updates on their own schedule, Acrobat also provides flexible tools for IT administrators. Learn more about IT resources.

Standards and accessibility

What version of the PDF specification does Acrobat 2017 support?

Acrobat 2017 supports ISO 32000-1, the open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

What PDF-based standards does the Acrobat 2017 support?

Acrobat 2017 supports the creation and validation of these workflow-specific PDF standards:

  • PDF/A for archiving (ISO 19005): PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b, PDF/A-2a, PDF/A-2b, PDF/A-2u, PDF/A-3a, PDF/A-3b, and PDF/A-3u
  • PDF/E in Acrobat Pro 2017 for engineering (ISO 24517): PDF/E-1
  • PDF/X for print production (ISO 15930): PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5g, and PDF/X-5pg
  • PDF/VT in Acrobat Pro 2017 for variable data and transactional printing (ISO 16612-2): PDF/VT-1 and PDF/VT-2

What is PDF/A?

PDF/A provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing digital documents for long-term preservation. Records managers, archivists, and industry-compliance professionals can use Acrobat 2017 to preserve and help protect final documents of record as self-contained files.

What is PDF/E?

PDF/E provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing documents used in engineering workflows. Architects, engineers, construction professionals, and manufacturing product teams can use Acrobat Pro 2017 to facilitate the exchange of documentation and drawings with others in the supply chain, and to streamline review and markup of documents.

What is PDF/X?

PDF/X provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing final print-ready or press-ready pages. This standard provides guidelines for PDF settings that affect critical aspects of printing, such as color space and trapping. Print professionals, graphic designers, and other creative professionals can use Acrobat 2017 to create and deliver predictable, press-ready PDF/X-compliant files.

What is PDF/VT?

PDF/VT provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing files such as bank statements and business invoices used in the variable data and transactional printing industry. Professionals who work with large documents containing variable data can use Acrobat Pro 2017 to ensure that the files they’ve produced comply with this international standard.

Does Acrobat 2017 work in conjunction with any other PDF standards or initiatives?

Yes. Acrobat 2017 supports the creation and use of PDF in compliance with these additional standards and initiatives:

  • PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility): PDF/UA is an ISO standard (ISO 14289-1) that helps clarify PDF-specific technical requirements to ensure that conforming PDF ISO 32000-1 files are accessible and usable to all, including users who rely on assistive technology.
  • W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG): Adobe participates in the WCAG working group at the W3C to help develop the technology-independent WCAG 2.0 standard as well as advisory techniques to help authors and developers meet this accessibility standard.
  • PAdES (ETSI): PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures provides specifications to help ensure compliance with digital signature standards in the European Union. Adobe Acrobat 2017 supports PAdES Parts 2, 3, and 4.

How does Acrobat 2107 provide accessibility for people with disabilities?

Acrobat 2017 helps address the needs of both users with disabilities and authors of accessible content. Using Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard, virtually anyone can create accessible PDF documents that others can view using Adobe Acrobat Reader. This helps users with disabilities more easily access and use PDF files and forms across multiple languages.

Using Acrobat Pro 2017, Acrobat Standard 2017, or Acrobat Reader DC on Windows, users and authors can:

  • Customize accessibility preferences with an easy-to-use wizard
  • Work with magnifiers
  • Read PDFs out loud using built-in functions or working with professional screen-reading software
  • Set high-contrast colors for better visibility
  • Read text easier in high contrast mode with dynamic background adjustment
  • Enable large-type display by setting text to reflow through pages

Using Acrobat Pro 2017 or Acrobat Reader DC on Mac, users can:

  • Work with the VoiceOver screen reader on Mac OS X computers
  • Work with magnifiers
  • Set high-contrast colors for better visibility
  • Read text easier in high contrast mode with dynamic background adjustment
  • Enable large-type display by setting text to reflow through pages
  • In addition, authors can use Acrobat Pro 2017 to make PDF files more accessible:
  • Add tags to control reading order and improve navigation
  • Verify and adjust reading order for pages or columns of text
  • Validate standards-compliant PDF documents, check for possible accessibility problems, and adjust files to meet accessibility standards
  • Take advantage of enhanced tools to support the creation of PDF documents that meet WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA standards
  • Use the Make Accessible guided Action to more easily prepare, verify, and fix standards-compliant accessible PDF files

Learn more at the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.

Does Acrobat 2017 comply with accessibility regulations such as U.S. Section 508?

Adobe is committed to accessibility and strives to address it in its products and services. U.S. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. Adobe Acrobat 2017 features that support accessibility for people with disabilities are summarized in the Adobe Acrobat Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT).

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