What is Adobe Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC is the latest version of Acrobat subscription software. It's the complete PDF solution Adobe offers combining Acrobat desktop software and the Acrobat Reader mobile app enhanced with premium mobile features and premium Document Cloud services.
Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat DC:
- Stay productive on the go: Unlock premium mobile features in Acrobat Reader mobile app to do more with PDFs on the go. Whether you want to create, edit, export, organize, share or sign PDFs, you can start a task on one device and resume your work on another with instant access to essential PDF tools across computers, browsers, and mobile devices.
- Instantly edit scanned documents: Use your mobile device camera to take a picture of a paper document and convert it into an editable PDF 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. You can even edit PDFs from your iPad.
- 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, share and store files in your Dropbox, Box, or Microsoft OneDrive account while working in Acrobat DC.
- Sign anything from anywhere: Fill, sign, and send forms fast from anywhere 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 DC?
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
On mobile and web, you can also:
- Create, edit, and sign PDFs using the new Acrobat Reader mobile app
- 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
- 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 and upgrades at no additional charge
See the Acrobat DC version comparison for more detail about how Acrobat DC differs from previous versions.
Which products make up the Adobe Acrobat DC family of software?
Adobe Acrobat DC includes desktop products, free mobile apps, and online services available through Adobe Document Cloud.
Desktop products for Windows:
Desktop products for Mac OS:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone
- Adobe Fill & Sign for Android or iOS
- Adobe Sign for Android or iOS
- Adobe Scan for Android or iOS
Which Acrobat DC product is right for me?
What do I get when I subscribe to Acrobat DC?
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 any upgrades.
- Adobe Document Cloud services, which let you complete essential 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,
and tracking documents. e-signing,
I subscribe to Acrobat DC. What new features have been added recently?
Does Adobe have tools to help IT departments with enterprise deployments?
Does Adobe provide deployment options for Document Cloud mobile apps?
Yes, Adobe is partnered with the leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms to enable enterprises to securely manage and distribute Adobe Document Cloud mobile apps.
How can I learn to use the new features in Acrobat DC?
How does product activation work in Acrobat DC?
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 DC 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 DC?
What languages does Acrobat DC work in?
What languages do Adobe Document Cloud services and storage connections work in?
What can I do with Adobe Document Cloud services when working in Acrobat DC?
With Adobe Document Cloud services, you can perform essential PDF tasks using a web browser or mobile device:
- 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 (
- 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 DC?
Do I need to be online to use Acrobat?
The first time you open Acrobat DC desktop software, you’ll need an Internet connection for software activation. After that, you’ll be able to work offline with ease. If you purchase a subscription, you’ll be asked to log in periodically to verify your credentials (every 30 days if you have a monthly plan versus 99 days with an annual plan). Also, two new Acrobat tools – Send for Signature, and Send & Track – require an online connection.
My company won’t let me run software in the Cloud, but I still need Acrobat. What should I do?
Acrobat DC desktop software doesn't run in the cloud – it is locally installed software running on your desktop. It can connect to 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 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.
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.
How do I buy Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC is offered as a subscription purchase. You can buy Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat Standard DC through an annual or month-to-month subscription plan. It includes Acrobat Pro or Standard for your desktop, plus mobile apps and Adobe Document Cloud services.
I own a previous version of Acrobat. What’s my best option for buying Acrobat DC?
Subscription plans make Acrobat DC more affordable than ever, while also giving you access to premium Adobe Document Cloud services.
See the Acrobat DC product comparison to review subscription and one-time purchase options. You can also view the Acrobat DC version comparison to understand how Acrobat DC differs from previous versions.
Is there a trial version of Acrobat DC?
Yes, 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 desktop software for Windows or Mac. Although Document Cloud services are not included automatically, you can try free Document Cloud services by downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store – and signing up for free Adobe Document Cloud services. 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.
Is there a trial version of e-signature services in Adobe Document Cloud?
Yes. You can sign up for a trial version of Adobe Sign, an Adobe Document Cloud solution. This trial lets you work with the Send for Signature tool in Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat Standard DC, or Acrobat Pro DC. You can also use a web browser experience or the Adobe Sign mobile app. Download the app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
Will Acrobat continue to be available as a desktop-only perpetual software license?
Yes, Adobe is committed to delivering a variety of Acrobat software purchase options to meet customer requirements. The Acrobat 2017 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 Program, Cumulative Licensing Program, as well as through retail and e-tail stores via product key cards and digital delivery.
My company is interested in purchasing Acrobat in volume. How do I get started?
What are the most significant changes in Acrobat DC compared to Acrobat XI?
Get an all-new experience
With Acrobat DC, Adobe is taking the world’s best PDF solution to an entirely new level. With an intuitive, touch-enabled interface, Acrobat DC delivers powerful new functionality to get work done anywhere. The new Tools Center offers quick access to the tools you use most, while elegant new tool experiences work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile. And, Acrobat DC now includes functionality that lets you send and track documents electronically, instead of using fax or overnight delivery services.
Access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off. With the Acrobat Reader mobile app, you can create, edit, comment and sign documents directly on mobile devices.
Acrobat DC now includes two powerful options for signing documents. Use the new Fill & Sign tool to quickly complete forms sent to you by others. Finish the job fast with reusable text from your personal autofill collection. Or, use the new Send for
Acrobat DC includes powerful enhancements to PDF editing and exporting tools. Revolutionary new imaging technology lets you turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs. Acrobat automatically creates custom fonts to match your original document so new edits blend right in. Editing existing PDFs is faster than ever with full page paragraph reflow and easy updates to bullets and numbered lists. PDFs exported to Office formats include improved bullet and table formatting. And now, you can use your mobile device camera as a portable scanner, then optimize your photo in Acrobat to automatically remove backgrounds and adjust perspective.
See the Acrobat DC version comparison to see more detail about how Acrobat DC differs from previous versions.
Are all of the features available in Acrobat XI also available in Acrobat DC?
While Acrobat DC offers dozens and dozens of new and improved features across desktop, mobile, and web apps – there are some features that have been removed or changed when compared to Acrobat XI. These include retirement of the Adobe FormsCentral desktop app, as well as reduced support for Flash-compatible videos and use of Flash technology in PDF Portfolios.
Why did Adobe decide to retire the FormsCentral online service and desktop app?
What are my options for creating forms in Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC includes three tools that can help you create and enhance fillable PDF forms.
- The Prepare Form tool in Acrobat DC is your primary tool. With it, you can easily convert existing forms into fillable PDF ones. Scan a paper form or select a simple form made in Microsoft Word, Excel, or another application. Acrobat automatically recognizes and converts static form fields to fillable ones. You can also add or edit form fields, and add intelligence to make sure you collect all the information you need. Robust form authoring options include buttons, checkboxes, calculations, signatures fields, and required fields. Learn more about fillable PDF forms, or view the tutorial.
- The Send for Signature tool - which is available with Acrobat DC subscriptions - gives you a quick and easy way to add form and signature fields to a document before requesting signatures from others. Learn more about electronic signatures, or view the tutorial.
What are my options for collecting form responses from others in Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC gives you multiple options for collecting form responses, depending on your goals.
- The fastest and easiest method is to use Acrobat to convert an existing paper or electronic form into a simple PDF file - without adding fillable form fields – and send it to others as an email attachment. Anyone with free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software can fill it out using the new Fill & Sign tool and send it right back to you. If you have an Acrobat DC subscription, you can also use the new Send & Track tool to upload your form to Adobe Document Cloud, share a link with specific recipients, and get notified when they’ve viewed your file.
- If you have a form that gets used frequently and you need to keep a record of each person’s responses, the Acrobat Prepare Form tool lets you collect form data automatically in Acrobat and compile it in a table format. Data can be exported to a spreadsheet for further analysis.
- If the primary goal of your document is to collect signatures from others, the new Send for Signature tool – which is available with Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard subscriptions – lets you send, track, manage, and store documents that include both signature and form fields.
Adobe Document Cloud enterprise plans also let you add form data collection and e-sign services to your business applications through turn-key integrations, APIs, and professional services.
How has support for Flash-compatible videos changed in Acrobat DC?
How have PDF Portfolios changed in Acrobat DC?
New PDF Portfolios created with Acrobat DC use a simpler visual experience than prior generations. In the past, Acrobat made it possible to customize PDF Portfolios with built-in themes, layouts, and palettes that were dependent upon Flash technology. Because support for Flash-compatible content is being reduced, these features are no longer available. This affects the creation of new PDF Portfolios only. Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC will continue to support viewing of PDF Portfolios created with prior versions.
Is Acrobat DC 64-bit compliant?
What protected viewing modes are available in Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC?
Similar to Protected Mode in Acrobat Reader, Protected View is an implementation of “sandboxing” technology for the rich Acrobat feature set. In Acrobat DC, 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.
How does Acrobat DC work with Microsoft Office?
Acrobat DC 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 DC, 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 DC 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 DC 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.
Which version of Acrobat DC is available in Adobe Creative Cloud?
Acrobat Pro DC is available through Adobe Creative Cloud, which provides access to the latest versions of Creative applications on a membership basis. Many Creative Cloud plans include Acrobat Pro DC with Document Cloud services.
Can I get Document Cloud services if I’m an active Creative Cloud Member?
I own a previous version of Acrobat Pro with Creative Cloud. Why should I move to Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC is a completely reimagined solution with a stunningly simpler user experience that works consistently across desktop, mobile, and the web – including touch-enabled devices.
Here are just some of the new things you can do:
- Create, combine, and export PDFs using the new Acrobat Reader mobile app
- Edit text and organize pages in a PDF on an iPad
- Edit PDFs faster with full-page paragraph
reflowand easy bullet updates
- Turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs
- Fill, sign, and send forms fast – with smart autofill
- Get e-signatures from others – in minutes instead of days
- Turn your mobile device into a portable scanner
- Send, track, and confirm delivery of documents and graphic layouts electronically
Are there any differences between Acrobat Pro DC included with Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC bought separately?
I am a Creative Cloud trial member, is Acrobat Pro DC included in my Creative Cloud trial?
Yes. Acrobat trial software lets you take advantage of all the powerful features built into desktop software for Windows or Mac. Although Document Cloud services are not included automatically, you can try free services by downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store – and signing up for free Adobe Document Cloud.
I already have Creative Cloud storage. Do I get even more storage with Acrobat Pro DC and Adobe Document Cloud?
For centralized, IT-based deployments of Acrobat, should I use the Creative Cloud Packager or the Customization Wizard for Acrobat?
Both the Creative Cloud Packager and the Customization Wizard for Acrobat will output an MSI or PKG file for centralized deployment via Microsoft SCCM or Apple Remote Desktop, respectively. If your organization works with a lot of Creative Cloud products, Packager lets you download, deploy, and license Acrobat together with Creative Cloud apps. The customization Wizard can then be used for application level customization, including suppressing upsell messaging, configuring PDF printer settings, and turning off access to services. Creative Cloud for Enterprise (CCE) admins can now create self-service Acrobat DC packages with Creative Cloud serial numbers using Customization Wizard. Learn more about Customization Wizard.
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 DC 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 DC handle updates and security patches?
By default, Acrobat DC is set to update your software automatically. If you have a perpetual (one-time) license, you will get bug fixes and security updates throughout the supported lifecycle of the product. If you have a subscription, you’ll get the same updates – plus new and enhanced features – as long as your subscription is current. For organizations that prefer to manage their updates on their own schedule, Acrobat DC also provides flexible tools for IT administrators. Learn more about IT resources.
What’s the difference between Continuous and Classic tracks for the Acrobat DC desktop product?
Acrobat Pro DC and Acrobat Standard DC desktop software are available for volume deployment using either “continuous” or “classic” tracks.
Typical installations use the continuous track, which updates silently and frequently in order to stay current with new features, security and platform enhancements, and bug fixes. The continuous track is the only track that enables access to all paid Adobe Document Cloud services, including support for the Send for Signature and Send & Track tools. If desired, IT administrators can turn off automatic updates in order to test a new version before rolling it out to employees. Only the latest version is available for download. IT administrators can also tune out Document Cloud services so employees don’t see the options presented in their user experience.
Using similar update methods to Acrobat X and XI, the classic track uses a quarterly update cadence to deliver security and platform enhancements and bug fixes only. The classic track 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.
What version of the PDF specification does Acrobat DC support?
What PDF-based standards does the Acrobat DC Family support?
Acrobat DC 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 DC Pro 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 DC Pro for variable data and transactional printing (ISO 16612-2): PDF/VT-1 and PDF/VT-2
What is PDF/A?
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 DC Pro 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 DC 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 DC Pro to ensure that the files they’ve produced comply with this international standard.
Does Acrobat DC work in conjunction with any other PDF standards or initiatives?
Yes. Acrobat DC 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 DC supports PAdES Parts 2, 3, and 4.
How does Acrobat DC provide accessibility for people with disabilities?
Acrobat DC 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 DC, Acrobat Standard DC, 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 DC 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 DC 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 DC comply with accessibilty 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 DC features that support accessibility for people with disabilities are summarized in the Adobe Acrobat Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT).