These tables include the file formats that Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader support for various functions. 

For more information on settings and options when importing and converting files, see Acrobat Help.

Adobe PDF printer

Most Windows applications that have a Print command can convert files to PDF using the Adobe PDF printer in the application's print dialog box. The current Acrobat Distiller preference settings and Adobe PDF settings are used to convert the file. For more information on settings and limitations of this method of PDF creation, see Adobe PDF conversion settings

PDFMaker conversion formats

Use the Adobe PDF menu or Acrobat menu in various third-party applications to convert files to PDF. For a complete list of PDFMaker applications Acrobat supports, see Compatible web browsers and PDFMaker applications, which also lists the web browsers that support viewing PDF files within the browser, and converting web pages to PDF.

Direct file conversion formats (Acrobat) 

Use File > Create PDF > From File to convert these file formats to Adobe PDF. You can also convert clipboard data, web pages, and scanned documents to PDF. For more information about these conversion methods, see Create PDFs with Acrobat in Acrobat Help.  

Extension Filename Comments
.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx Microsoft Office formats (Word 2007 and 2010, PowerPoint, Excel) Make sure that the correct version of Microsoft Office is installed.
.txt, .rtf  Text, Rich Text Format  
.ps, .eps, .prn Adobe PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript  
.bmp, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .pcx, .emf, .rle, .dib Image files  
.wpd Corel WordPerfect Install Corel WordPerfect, and then convert using the Adobe PDF Printer (Acrobat 9 and Acrobat X | Windows).
.odt, .odp, .ods, .odg, .odf, .sxw, .sxi, .sxc, .sxd, .stw OpenOffice and StarOffice presentation, spreadsheet, graphic, and document files If the applications can access the printer system, then you can use the Adobe PDF printer to convert these files.
.psd Adobe Photoshop Acrobat 9.x does not support this file format. 
.ai Adobe Illustrator  
.u3d, .prc 3D files  
.dwg, .dwt, .dxf, .dwf, .dst Autodesk AutoCAD  
.xps XML paper specification  

Saving/exporting formats (Acrobat) 

Use File > Save As to convert PDFs to these file formats. 

Extension Filename Version Comments
.pdf Adobe PDF, Adobe PDF Optimized, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/X PDF 1.3 - 1.7  
.ps PostScript    
.eps Encapsulated PostScript PS level 2-3  
.html, .htm HTML    
.jpg, .jpeg, .jpe JPEG    
.jpf, .jpx, .jp2, .j2k, .j2c, .jpc JPEG2000    
.png PNG    
.pptx PowerPoint Presentation 2007, 2010  
.rtf Rich Text Format    
.txt Text (Accessible), Text (Plain)    
.tif, .tiff TIFF    
.xlsx Excel workbook    
.doc, docx Word document 97-2003, 2007  
.xml XML, XML Spreadsheet 1.0, 2003  
.csv Comma-Separated Values    

Video formats (Acrobat XI Pro and Acrobat X Pro)

You can place these file formats in Acrobat X Pro PDFs for playback in Acrobat X and Adobe Reader X.

Format Transcoding URL streaming Direct placement without transcoding1 Legacy placement2
Flash (.flv, .f4v) N/A Yes Yes No
Shockwave Flash (.swf) N/A Yes Yes Yes
QuickTime Movie (.mov) Yes Yes Yes, if H.264 encoded Yes
MPEG (.mp4, .m4v) Yes Yes Yes, if H.264 encoded Yes (except .m4v)
3GPP Movie (.3gp, .3g2) Yes Yes Yes, if H.264 encoded No

1 Direct placement without transcoding is supported in Acrobat X Pro.
2 Playback is compatible with earlier versions of Adobe Reader.

Video formats (Acrobat 9 Pro and Pro Extended)

You can place these video file formats in Acrobat 9 PDFs for playback in Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9.

Format Transcoding1 URL streaming Direct placement without transcoding2 Legacy placement3
Flash (.flv) N/A Yes Yes No
Microsoft AVI (.avi) Yes No Yes, if H.264 encoded Yes
QuickTime Movie (.mov) Yes No Yes, if H.264 encoded Yes
MPEG (.mp4, .m4v, .mpeg, .mpg) Yes Yes (.mp4 only) Yes, if H.264 encoded Yes (except .m4v)
Shockwave Flash (.swf) N/A No Yes Yes
Windows Media (.wmv) Yes No No Yes
Advanced Streaming Format (.asf) Yes No No Yes
3GPP Movie (.3gp) Yes No Yes, if H.264 encoded No
RealMedia (.ram) No No No Yes

1 Transcoding of video for direct playback in Adobe Reader 9 is supported in Acrobat 9 Pro Extended only.

2 Direct placement without transcoding is supported in both Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.

3 Playback is compatible with earlier versions of Adobe Reader, but requires that a compatible multimedia player is available when viewing.

Audio formats (Acrobat)

You can place these audio file formats for direct playback in Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader 9. Acrobat X supports only mp3 Audio

Format Direct placement without transcoding1 Legacy placement2
mp3 Audio (.mp3) Yes Yes
Audio Waveform (.wav) No Yes
Audio Interchange (.aif, .aiff) No Yes
MPEG Audio (.mpa, .m4a) No Yes
Windows Media audio (.wma) No Yes

1 Direct placement without transcoding is supported in both Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.
2 Playback is compatible with Adobe Reader 9 and earlier, but requires that a compatible multimedia player is available when viewing.

2D and 3D formats (Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, Adobe 3D Reviewer)

The following table lists 2D and 3D file formats that Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and Adobe 3D Reviewer software can import. For more information about importing and exporting files, see Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and 3D Reviewer Help.

Format / application Extension Version Acrobat 9 Pro Extended 3D Reviewer
3DXML  3DXML  Up to 3.0 

Y

Y

ACIS  SAT, SAB  Up to 15 

Y

Y

Adobe Acrobat 3D  PDF 

7, 8, 9 

Y

Y

Autodesk 3D Studio  3DS   

Y

Y

Autodesk AutoCAD  DWG, DWF, DXF  12, 13, 14, 2000-2008 

Y

 
Autodesk Inventor  IPT, IAM  Up to 12.x, 2008 

Y

Y

CATIA Graphical Representation (CGR)  CGR   

Y

Y

CoCreate OneSpace Designer  PKG, SDP, SDPC, SDW, SDWC, SDA, SDAC, SDS, SDSC, SES, BDL  V3 to V2007 

Y

Y

COLLADA  DAE   

Y

Y

Dassault CATIA V4  MODEL, DLV, EXP, SESSION  Up to V4.2.5 

Y

Y

Dassault CATIA V5  CATDRAWING  2D   

Y

Dassault CATIA V5  CATPRODUCT, CATPART  Up to R18 

Y

Y

Hewlett-Packard Graphics Library  HP, HGL, HPL, HPGL, PLT     

Y

Industry Foundation Classes  IFC  IFC2x3 and IFC2x2 

Y

Y

Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES)  IGS, IGES  5.1, 5.2, 5.3 

Y

Y

JTOpen  JT  Up to 8.2 

Y

Y

KMZ  KMZ     

Y

Lattice XVL  XV3, XV0  P-XVL 

Y

Y

PRC  PRC, PRD  All versions 

Y

Y

Pro/ENGINEER  PRT, XPR, ASM, XAS, NEU  V18.0 to Wildfire 4 

Y

Y

PTC CADDS  PD, _PD, CADDS  Versions 4x/5 explicit 

Y

Y

Siemens I-deas  MF1, ARC, UNV, PKG  Up to 13.x (NX 5) 

Y

Y

Siemens NX  PRT  2D   

Y

Siemens NX  PRT  Up to NX 5 

Y

Y

Siemens Parasolid  X_T, X_B  Up to 17 

Y

Y

Siemens Solid Edge  ASM, PAR, PWD, PSM  V19, V20 

Y

Y

SolidWorks  SLDASM, SLDPRT  Up to 2009 

Y

Y

STEP Exchange  STP, STEP  AP 203, AP 214 

Y

Y

Stereolithography  STL   

Y

Y

Universal 3D  U3D  ECMA 1, ECMA 3 

Y

Y

Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) Worlds  WRL, VRML  V1.0, V2.0 

Y

Y

Wavefront Object  OBJ  Mesh only 

Y

Y

 

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