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

Acrobat DC is the latest subscription version of Acrobat. With Acrobat DC, you always have the most recent version of Acrobat software with the newest product innovations and tools for desktop and mobile. It includes all the functionality of Acrobat 2017, plus you never have to purchase upgrades again.

When you subscribe to Acrobat DC enhanced with Document Cloud services, you pay a low monthly fee to get ongoing access to the latest PDF tools across desktop, browser and mobile devices to help you accomplish more when working with documents in the office or on the go:

  • 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
  • Turn Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (AI), or InDesign (INDD) files into PDFs
  • 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

What's new in Acrobat 2017

Easily compare files

With the all-new Compare Files tool, you can now quickly and accurately detect differences between two versions of a PDF file.

  • Compare two versions of a document to detect all text and image changes.
  • View an easy-to-scan results summary that provides an overview of file differences.
  • Easily move through the document to review each difference using a side-by-side or single-page view.
  • Filter the changes to quickly see all text, image, annotation, formatting, header/footer, or background differences.
  1. Choose Tools > Compare Files.

    Note: This tool was previously named Compare Documents.

    Select files to compare
  2. Click Select File at left to choose the older file version you want to compare. Click Select File at right to choose the newer file version you want to compare.

  3. Click Compare.

  4. Acrobat displays the results in a new document that provides an easy-to-scan summary of all file differences.

    Compare Results
  5. Click the Go to First Change button to begin reviewing each file difference in detail.

For more information, see Compare two versions of a PDF file.

Tabbed interface for viewing multiple PDFs

Opening multiple PDFs in the same session now opens the PDFs as tabs in the same application window. You can switch among the tabs at the top of the window by clicking on the file name shown in each tab. A previous button and a next button are displayed at the top right to let you navigate through document tabs when the number of open PDFs no longer fit in the document view.

Tabbed view

Acrobat auto resizes tabs when the documents don’t fit in the view window. All the opened files are now listed towards the bottom of the Window menu. To switch to a particular opened document, either you can click the tab for the doc or choose its filename from the Window menu.

Choose a filename from the Window menu

By default, the tabbed interface is ON. To view each PDF you open in a different application window instead of a new tab, clear the Open documents as new tabs in the same window (requires restart) checkbox under Edit > Preferences > General. Then restart Acrobat.

Switch off tabbed interface

Create new bulleted lists

Acrobat now shows bulleted list and numbered list controls in the Edit PDF Format panel. You can now create new bulleted and numbered lists, convert an existing paragraph a bulleted or numbered list, revert lists to regular text, and convert lists from one list type to another. Acrobat now also detects additional bulleted and numbered list types in your document, if any, and shows them at the bottom of the related list pull-down menu, separated by a thin gray line.

Create new list items using the Format panel in Right pane

You can also use your keyboard to add a list item. For example, before a paragraph, you can type number ‘a’ followed by the closing parenthesis ‘)’ and then add one space. Acrobat automatically inserts a numbered list starting with “a)”.

Easier scan to PDF

The Scanner tool now has a new simplified interface. The new interface makes it easy for you to quickly scan paper documents to PDFs using the default settings or a preset option. It also makes it easy for you to fine-tune scan settings from the same interface using radio buttons, a gear icon, or both.

To access the Scanner tool, go to Tools > Create PDF > Scanner.

New UI for Scan to PDF

For more information, see Scan documents to PDF.

Use digital IDs

The all-new Certificates tool makes it easier than ever to digitally sign, certify, and verify documents with a digital ID.

  • Get set up easily. Find your existing digital IDs from files, smart cards, or USB token devices and configure them easily for signing.
  • Customize your signature appearance. Add valuable information to your signatures, such as a logo, date, location, or signing reason.
  • Use your signature image. Draw your signature or upload a scanned image to add it to your digital identity.

New digital ID configuration workflows

You can use existing digital IDs or create new ones. Based on whether a digital ID is available on your machine or not, you will see one of the two workflows described below.

When no digital ID is available:

  1. When you create or click a signature field and no digital ID is available, you see the following prompt.

    Configure Digital ID prompt
  2. Click Configure Digital ID. The Configure a Digital ID for signing dialog is displayed.

    Select the type of Digital ID
  3. Select the type of digital ID desired, click Continue, and then follow the wizard to create the ID.

    If you select Create a new Digital ID, the next set of options are displayed based on your Operating System.

    Select the location to save the digital ID
    On Windows

    Select the location to save the digital ID
    On Mac OS, you see a new option – Save to Apple Keychain


When one or more digital IDs are found:

  1. When you create or click a signature field and one or more valid digital IDs are available for signing, you see the following dialog box to choose your preferred digital ID.

    Choose a Digital ID from the list
  2. Select the desired ID and continue with the signing.

For more information, see Digital IDs.

Improved tools search

Use the enhanced tools search in the right-hand pane to quickly find the tool you need to complete a given task.

Search for a tool or command from the right-hand pane

Send and manage shared reviews on Mac

Now you can initiate and participate in SharePoint-based shared reviews on Mac to give and get feedback quickly.

For more information, see Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites.

Select a UI theme

In addition to the Light Gray theme, Acrobat and Acrobat Reader now has a new Dark Gray theme, which is in line with other Creative Cloud products, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. This theme provides an attractive visual experience, especially when working with rich colors and designs. It also makes cross-application work simpler than ever.

By default, the theme continues to be Light Gray. To change it to Dark Gray, go to View > Display Theme > Dark Gray.

A new dark gray theme

Enhanced commenting

Give and get fast, clear feedback with all-new commenting tools and an intuitive, touch-friendly interface.

  • Customize the comment toolbar to see the features you use.
  • Easily change the color, font, or size of comment text.
  • Easily view and navigate through comments. You can organize comments by page, author, date, type, checkmark status, or color. Filters also support quick management of comments.
  • Reply to sticky notes with a single-thread that presents all replies to an annotation in one conversation.
  • Tap on fillable text fields to bring up the soft keyboard on touch-enabled devices.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts for commenting actions, including delete, replace, or add a note to text. When you open the Comment tool, the text markup shortcuts are enabled by default.
  • Use the new highlighter pen to mark up scanned documents without needing to run OCR.

Easily change the color, font or size of comment text

Easily discover and modify text highlight color - the Color Picker is available on the Comment toolbar.

Color Picker on the Comment toolbar

Text formatting tools appear automatically for typewriter and text box tools. The moment you click anywhere on a page, the Text Properties pop-up menu appears below the Comment toolbar.

Text formatting tools appear automatically for typewriter and text box tools

Easily view and navigate through comments

Page-based organization in the comments pane.

Page-based organization of comments

Reply to Sticky Notes with a single-thread experience

Each annotation is now equivalent to a conversation and all replies appear like a single-thread experience.

Single-thread reply experience

Draw using DirectInk

Acrobat now supports Microsoft’s new DirectInk technology. It enables you to use your finger or a hardware pen to draw and write more smoothly on PDFs on Windows 10 devices.

Preview files

Preview files and open popular tools directly from the Home view. When you click a filename in the recent file list, a details panel appears in the right pane showing a thumbnail preview of the file along with frequently used tools. Click to open a tool or select Remove From Recent to remove a file from the recent file list.

Preview files from the Home view

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License  Twitter™ and Facebook posts are not covered under the terms of Creative Commons.

Legal Notices   |   Online Privacy Policy