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What's new in Acrobat DC

  1. Acrobat User Guide
  2. Introduction to Acrobat
    1. Access Acrobat from desktop, mobile, web
    2. What's new in Acrobat
    3. Keyboard shortcuts
    4. System Requirements
  3. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Opening and viewing PDFs
      1. Opening PDFs
      2. Navigating PDF pages
      3. Viewing PDF preferences
      4. Adjusting PDF views
      5. Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs
      6. Display PDF in browser
    3. Working with online storage accounts
      1. Access files from Box
      2. Access files from Dropbox
      3. Access files from OneDrive
      4. Access files from SharePoint
      5. Access files from Google Drive
    4. Acrobat and macOS
    5. Acrobat notifications
    6. Grids, guides, and measurements in PDFs
    7. Asian, Cyrillic, and right-to-left text in PDFs
  4. Creating PDFs
    1. Overview of PDF creation
    2. Create PDFs with Acrobat
    3. Create PDFs with PDFMaker
    4. Using the Adobe PDF printer
    5. Converting web pages to PDF
    6. Creating PDFs with Acrobat Distiller
    7. Adobe PDF conversion settings
    8. PDF fonts
  5. Editing PDFs
    1. Edit text in PDFs
    2. Edit images or objects in a PDF
    3. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    4. Edit scanned PDFs
    5. Enhance document photos captured using a mobile camera
    6. Optimizing PDFs
    7. PDF properties and metadata
    8. Links and attachments in PDFs
    9. PDF layers
    10. Page thumbnails and bookmarks in PDFs
    11. Action Wizard (Acrobat Pro)
    12. PDFs converted to web pages
    13. Setting up PDFs for a presentation
    14. PDF articles
    15. Geospatial PDFs
    16. Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
    17. Change the default font for adding text
    18. Delete pages from a PDF
  6. Scan and OCR
    1. Scan documents to PDF
    2. Enhance document photos
    3. Troubleshoot scanner issues when scanning using Acrobat
  7. Forms
    1. PDF forms basics
    2. Create a form from scratch in Acrobat
    3. Create and distribute PDF forms
    4. Fill in PDF forms
    5. PDF form field properties
    6. Fill and sign PDF forms
    7. Setting action buttons in PDF forms
    8. Publishing interactive PDF web forms
    9. PDF form field basics
    10. PDF barcode form fields
    11. Collect and manage PDF form data
    12. About forms tracker
    13. PDF forms help
    14. Send PDF forms to recipients using email or an internal server
  8. Combining files
    1. Combine or merge files into single PDF
    2. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    3. Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
    4. Crop PDF pages
    5. Add watermarks to PDFs
    6. Add backgrounds to PDFs
    7. Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
    8. Publish and share PDF Portfolios
    9. Overview of PDF Portfolios
    10. Create and customize PDF Portfolios
  9. Sharing, reviews, and commenting
    1. Share and track PDFs online
    2. Mark up text with edits
    3. Preparing for a PDF review
    4. Starting a PDF review
    5. Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites
    6. Participating in a PDF review
    7. Add comments to PDFs
    8. Adding a stamp to a PDF
    9. Approval workflows
    10. Managing comments | view, reply, print
    11. Importing and exporting comments
    12. Tracking and managing PDF reviews
  10. Saving and exporting PDFs
    1. Saving PDFs
    2. Convert PDF to Word
    3. Convert PDF to JPG
    4. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    5. File format options for PDF export
    6. Reusing PDF content
  11. Security
    1. Enhanced security setting for PDFs
    2. Securing PDFs with passwords
    3. Manage Digital IDs
    4. Securing PDFs with certificates
    5. Opening secured PDFs
    6. Removing sensitive content from PDFs
    7. Setting up security policies for PDFs
    8. Choosing a security method for PDFs
    9. Security warnings when a PDF opens
    10. Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager
    11. Protected View feature for PDFs
    12. Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
    13. JavaScripts in PDFs as a security risk
    14. Attachments as security risks
    15. Allow or block links in PDFs
  12. Electronic signatures
    1. Sign PDF documents
    2. Capture your signature on mobile and use it everywhere
    3. Send documents for e-signatures
    4. About certificate signatures
    5. Certificate-based signatures
    6. Validating digital signatures
    7. Adobe Approved Trust List
    8. Manage trusted identities
  13. Printing
    1. Basic PDF printing tasks
    2. Print Booklets and PDF Portfolios
    3. Advanced PDF print settings
    4. Print to PDF
    5. Printing color PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Printing PDFs in custom sizes
  14. Accessibility, tags, and reflow
    1. Create and verify PDF accessibility
    2. Accessibility features in PDFs
    3. Reading Order tool for PDFs
    4. Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features
    5. Edit document structure with the Content and Tags panels
    6. Creating accessible PDFs
  15. Searching and indexing
    1. Creating PDF indexes
    2. Searching PDFs
  16. Multimedia and 3D models
    1. Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
    2. Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Displaying 3D models in PDFs
    4. Interacting with 3D models
    5. Measuring 3D objects in PDFs
    6. Setting 3D views in PDFs
    7. Enable 3D content in PDF
    8. Adding multimedia to PDFs
    9. Commenting on 3D designs in PDFs
    10. Playing video, audio, and multimedia formats in PDFs
    11. Add comments to videos
  17. Print production tools (Acrobat Pro)
    1. Print production tools overview
    2. Printer marks and hairlines
    3. Previewing output
    4. Transparency flattening
    5. Color conversion and ink management
    6. Trapping color
  18. Preflight (Acrobat Pro)
    1. PDF/X-, PDF/A-, and PDF/E-compliant files
    2. Preflight profiles
    3. Advanced preflight inspections
    4. Preflight reports
    5. Viewing preflight results, objects, and resources
    6. Output intents in PDFs
    7. Correcting problem areas with the Preflight tool
    8. Automating document analysis with droplets or preflight actions
    9. Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool
    10. Additional checks in the Preflight tool
    11. Preflight libraries
    12. Preflight variables
  19. Color management
    1. Keeping colors consistent
    2. Color settings
    3. Color-managing documents
    4. Working with color profiles
    5. Understanding color management
  1. Acrobat User Guide
  2. Introduction to Acrobat
    1. Access Acrobat from desktop, mobile, web
    2. What's new in Acrobat
    3. Keyboard shortcuts
    4. System Requirements
  3. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Opening and viewing PDFs
      1. Opening PDFs
      2. Navigating PDF pages
      3. Viewing PDF preferences
      4. Adjusting PDF views
      5. Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs
      6. Display PDF in browser
    3. Working with online storage accounts
      1. Access files from Box
      2. Access files from Dropbox
      3. Access files from OneDrive
      4. Access files from SharePoint
      5. Access files from Google Drive
    4. Acrobat and macOS
    5. Acrobat notifications
    6. Grids, guides, and measurements in PDFs
    7. Asian, Cyrillic, and right-to-left text in PDFs
  4. Creating PDFs
    1. Overview of PDF creation
    2. Create PDFs with Acrobat
    3. Create PDFs with PDFMaker
    4. Using the Adobe PDF printer
    5. Converting web pages to PDF
    6. Creating PDFs with Acrobat Distiller
    7. Adobe PDF conversion settings
    8. PDF fonts
  5. Editing PDFs
    1. Edit text in PDFs
    2. Edit images or objects in a PDF
    3. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    4. Edit scanned PDFs
    5. Enhance document photos captured using a mobile camera
    6. Optimizing PDFs
    7. PDF properties and metadata
    8. Links and attachments in PDFs
    9. PDF layers
    10. Page thumbnails and bookmarks in PDFs
    11. Action Wizard (Acrobat Pro)
    12. PDFs converted to web pages
    13. Setting up PDFs for a presentation
    14. PDF articles
    15. Geospatial PDFs
    16. Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
    17. Change the default font for adding text
    18. Delete pages from a PDF
  6. Scan and OCR
    1. Scan documents to PDF
    2. Enhance document photos
    3. Troubleshoot scanner issues when scanning using Acrobat
  7. Forms
    1. PDF forms basics
    2. Create a form from scratch in Acrobat
    3. Create and distribute PDF forms
    4. Fill in PDF forms
    5. PDF form field properties
    6. Fill and sign PDF forms
    7. Setting action buttons in PDF forms
    8. Publishing interactive PDF web forms
    9. PDF form field basics
    10. PDF barcode form fields
    11. Collect and manage PDF form data
    12. About forms tracker
    13. PDF forms help
    14. Send PDF forms to recipients using email or an internal server
  8. Combining files
    1. Combine or merge files into single PDF
    2. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    3. Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
    4. Crop PDF pages
    5. Add watermarks to PDFs
    6. Add backgrounds to PDFs
    7. Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
    8. Publish and share PDF Portfolios
    9. Overview of PDF Portfolios
    10. Create and customize PDF Portfolios
  9. Sharing, reviews, and commenting
    1. Share and track PDFs online
    2. Mark up text with edits
    3. Preparing for a PDF review
    4. Starting a PDF review
    5. Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites
    6. Participating in a PDF review
    7. Add comments to PDFs
    8. Adding a stamp to a PDF
    9. Approval workflows
    10. Managing comments | view, reply, print
    11. Importing and exporting comments
    12. Tracking and managing PDF reviews
  10. Saving and exporting PDFs
    1. Saving PDFs
    2. Convert PDF to Word
    3. Convert PDF to JPG
    4. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    5. File format options for PDF export
    6. Reusing PDF content
  11. Security
    1. Enhanced security setting for PDFs
    2. Securing PDFs with passwords
    3. Manage Digital IDs
    4. Securing PDFs with certificates
    5. Opening secured PDFs
    6. Removing sensitive content from PDFs
    7. Setting up security policies for PDFs
    8. Choosing a security method for PDFs
    9. Security warnings when a PDF opens
    10. Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager
    11. Protected View feature for PDFs
    12. Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
    13. JavaScripts in PDFs as a security risk
    14. Attachments as security risks
    15. Allow or block links in PDFs
  12. Electronic signatures
    1. Sign PDF documents
    2. Capture your signature on mobile and use it everywhere
    3. Send documents for e-signatures
    4. About certificate signatures
    5. Certificate-based signatures
    6. Validating digital signatures
    7. Adobe Approved Trust List
    8. Manage trusted identities
  13. Printing
    1. Basic PDF printing tasks
    2. Print Booklets and PDF Portfolios
    3. Advanced PDF print settings
    4. Print to PDF
    5. Printing color PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Printing PDFs in custom sizes
  14. Accessibility, tags, and reflow
    1. Create and verify PDF accessibility
    2. Accessibility features in PDFs
    3. Reading Order tool for PDFs
    4. Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features
    5. Edit document structure with the Content and Tags panels
    6. Creating accessible PDFs
  15. Searching and indexing
    1. Creating PDF indexes
    2. Searching PDFs
  16. Multimedia and 3D models
    1. Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
    2. Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Displaying 3D models in PDFs
    4. Interacting with 3D models
    5. Measuring 3D objects in PDFs
    6. Setting 3D views in PDFs
    7. Enable 3D content in PDF
    8. Adding multimedia to PDFs
    9. Commenting on 3D designs in PDFs
    10. Playing video, audio, and multimedia formats in PDFs
    11. Add comments to videos
  17. Print production tools (Acrobat Pro)
    1. Print production tools overview
    2. Printer marks and hairlines
    3. Previewing output
    4. Transparency flattening
    5. Color conversion and ink management
    6. Trapping color
  18. Preflight (Acrobat Pro)
    1. PDF/X-, PDF/A-, and PDF/E-compliant files
    2. Preflight profiles
    3. Advanced preflight inspections
    4. Preflight reports
    5. Viewing preflight results, objects, and resources
    6. Output intents in PDFs
    7. Correcting problem areas with the Preflight tool
    8. Automating document analysis with droplets or preflight actions
    9. Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool
    10. Additional checks in the Preflight tool
    11. Preflight libraries
    12. Preflight variables
  19. Color management
    1. Keeping colors consistent
    2. Color settings
    3. Color-managing documents
    4. Working with color profiles
    5. Understanding color management
Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is the complete PDF solution for working with your most important documents across desktop, web, and mobile devices. Update your Acrobat desktop and mobile apps, or sign in to Acrobat Web to experience the new features and improvements.

Acrobat DC desktop app

March 2022 release

With the March 2022 release of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, the software version will be updated from 21.xx to 22.xx. This change applies only to the Continuous (DC) track of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader. For more information, see Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader upcoming version changes.

Adobe Sign is now rebranded as Acrobat Sign. Also, the Adobe Sign tool in the right pane is renamed to Request Signatures for easier identification and alignment with the tool's actual purpose.

Acrobat Sign rebranding
Adobe Sign rebranded as Acrobat Sign

Adobe Sign renamed to Request Signatures tool
Adobe Sign renamed to Request Signatures in the right-pane tools

When you open a PDF form, Acrobat detects any unsigned form fields and displays a contextual prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool.

Note:

Adobe is testing this new experience in Acrobat, and it may not be available to all users. Also, the tooltip appears only three times for a user session varying between 24 hours to 72 hours.

If you launch the Fill & Sign tool to fill a PDF form, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields and displays a tooltip to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signature prompt

When you complete filling out the PDF form and save it, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields in the form and prompts you to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signature prompt when you save the form

If you fill a form using the Fill & Sign tool and exit the tool after saving the changes, Acrobat detects the blank signature fields and displays a prompt at the top to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signatures blue message bar

When you try to print a PDF form in Acrobat using the print icon, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields in the form and displays a prompt to Request signatures instead of printing or to Sign online instead of printing.

Variant 1
Prompt to Request Signature instead of printing
Prompt to Request Signature instead of printing

Variant 2
Prompt to sign online instead of printing
Prompt to sign online instead of printing

When you open a PDF form, Acrobat detects the form fields and displays one of the following prompts to use the Fill & Sign tool or Request Signatures tool:

Variant 1
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool

Variant 2
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool

Variant 3
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool

The auto-adjust layout feature is extended to PDFs containing a header, footer, along with para, list, and image constructs that were earlier supported. Now the changes to the header or footer of a PDF file works in the following ways:

  • If you click inside the header or footer text box, the rest of the PDF document is greyed out.
  • Editing is allowed in header or footer text boxes. However, editing a header or footer on one page does not reflect the change on subsequent pages.
  • The header or footer from the previous page gets copied when you insert a new page to the PDF.
  • You can move text boxes from the header or footer area to the main content area and vice-versa.

Acrobat PDF Maker now supports HCL Notes 11 (formerly Lotus Notes).

PDFMaker for HCL Notes 11

You can now sort all your shared PDF files based on the Last Activity on the file.

Sort shared PDFs by Last Activity

If you haven't set the default image in your Adobe account and participated in file collaboration workflows, Acrobat now sets one of the following default avatars to your account:

Default avatar for collaborators

Acrobat now shows the last visited page whenever you open a shared file. It is helpful in cases where you are reviewing a large PDF file and do not remember what page you were reviewing in your last session.

The Done or Close button for a review file, indicating that you have finished reviewing the file, is now removed for the review initiator. Similarly, once the reviewers finish reviewing the shared PDF, Acrobat does not remind them to provide feedback on the shared file.

Apple has dropped pre-installation of the Python framework with the latest macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta release. The change results in Acrobat and Reader installation failure on macOS. Acrobat and Acrobat Reader installers are updated to fix the issue. The installers are now compatible with macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta.

  • Improved user experience with VoiceOver and document navigation and scrolling: Now, your document keeps scrolling instead of getting stuck after VoiceOver reads out till the end of the visible page.
  • Some visually decorative items like borders and shadings of text boxes, paragraphs underlined hyperlinks, and images marked as decorative in Microsoft Word are now tagged as Artifacts instead of being listed in the document's tag tree. This helps the screen readers to read out the relevant information.

When you click All Files in Acrobat Home to view your files or scroll a huge file list, Acrobat used to take considerable time retrieving the meta-data and other information to display the PDFs. Now, the overall experience is optimized and improved by implementing scroll-based pagination.

When you open a PDF from an email attachment and save a read-only copy, the Save As dialog box now allows you to choose the location to save the file.

Save As dialog

Similarly, when you open a PDF from your desktop, your Document Cloud account, or any other storage connectors like Google Drive or OneDrive, Acrobat silently saves the changes in the original file before closing it.

Acrobat Reader mobile app

December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022 updates

iPhone and iPad

Acrobat Reader app now supports iOS 14.0, and above. The older version of iOS 13.0 or earlier is now no longer supported.

Acrobat ios app now supports Speak Selection, an accessibility feature of iOS, for both classic PDF view and Liquid Mode view. With Speak Selection enabled, you can select text and have the app read it out loud to you. Learn how to Use Speak Selection.

You can now use Acrobat’s new Request signatures tool to get documents signed by others.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your iPhone and iPad.

Android

Acrobat Reader app now supports Android OS version 12.

The update includes performance and stability enhancements. A critical bug causing the force user logout or app crash on relaunch when a user account is removed from device settings is now fixed.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your Android device.

Acrobat online services

December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022 updates

You can now easily store and access files from your OneDrive storage account when you’re working in Acrobat online. You can perform various tasks on the files and save the modified files back to your OneDrive account:  

  • Browse and view PDF and non-PDF files in the Acrobat online viewer.
  • Rename, delete, download, and move files within OneDrive.
  • Use Acrobat online tools on the files to perform actions.

For more information, see Access your OneDrive files from Acrobat online.

When you edit a PDF, you now have the option to add an image or replace an existing image from the PDF file.

Add image
Add image

Replace image
Replace image

You can now fill out PDF forms in Acrobat online. Currently, it supports basic form-filling functionality.

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