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Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud is the complete PDF solution for working anywhere with your most important documents. All-new Acrobat DC is reimagined with a simple user experience. The new Tool Center offers quick access to the tools you use most, while elegant new tool experiences work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile – including touch-enabled devices.

 


August 2017 release of Acrobat DC

Multi-monitor scaling

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous, Acrobat 2017, Acrobat Reader DC Continuous, and Acrobat Reader 2017

Acrobat and Reader now provide better support for multiple monitors. When you move Acrobat or Reader between screens — from your laptop to your desktop monitor — and it automatically scales to match the scaling factor and resolution of whatever screen you're working on.

Accessibility tool improvements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Acrobat now keeps the tag tree view and navigation intact when you save your PDF. It even auto-adjusts when you add, move, or remove pages, which saves you time.

Also, you can now access the Table Editor tool directly from the tag tree:

  • Choose Tags in the left navigation pane, right-click the table tag for which you want to update table structure, and then choose Table Editor.
  • From the Touch Up Reading Order tool, click anywhere within the table boundaries to enable the Table Editor option.

Improved tagging for insert, delete, move, and replace pages

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous, Acrobat DC Classic, and Acrobat 2017

While performing page specific operations, the tags tree is now updated correctly.

  • Insert pages: When inserting pages, tags of the document being inserted were always added at the end of the tag tree irrespective of the location of the insert operation. This has been fixed now and tags are inserted at the correct location.
  • Move pages: In Organize Pages tool and the Pages Panel, when pages were re-arranged, only the content was moved and tags were left as is. We now move the tags at the correct location along with the page content.
  • Replace pages: When a page replace operation was done, tags of the page being replaced used to get deleted from the document, but the tags for the new pages being inserted were not added. This is fixed now.

Customer experience improvements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Acrobat 2017

We have made the following experience improvements based on the top customer issues or asks:

Last used location becomes the default save location

A document's open location becomes the default save location in the Save As dialog box, provided the document is not opened from a temporary folder.

Support for the Remove Hidden Information tool in Acrobat Standard

The Remove Hidden Information tool is now available in Acrobat Standard. To access the tool, go to Tools > Protect > Remove Hidden Information.

A new preference to show rulers

A new preference­­­—Show rulers when opening documents—is added to enable or disable the rulers in Acrobat and Reader. When the preference is selected, the rulers are displayed for each PDF that you open. By default, the preference is not selected.

To show the rulers:

  • Go to Edit > Preferences > Units & Guides, and then select the Show rulers when opening documents check box under Rulers. Click OK.
Show rulers when opening documents

Set default font for Add Text Box and Text Callout annotations

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Helvetica is used as the default font family for a new Add Text Box or Text Callout annotation. Now, you can change the default font family for these two annotations using the Text Properties menu. The changes are saved as the new default font family and applied to the annotations that you add from now onwards.

  1. Open a PDF in Acrobat DC.

  2. Go to Tools > Comment, or choose Comment in the right pane.

  3. Choose Add Text Box or Text Callout in the Comment toolbar, and then click at the location in the PDF where you want to add it.

  4. The Text Properties menu is displayed. Choose the font, size, and color.

    Text properties menu

    If you don’t see the Text Properties menu, double-click the Add Text Box field or the Text Callout field.

Discard checkout on closing a SharePoint document or quitting application

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Currently, if you open a SharePoint document in Acrobat with the Checkout and Open option, and then subsequently close the document or quit Acrobat without making any changes to the document, the document remains checked out in SharePoint.

Now, when you close the document or quit Acrobat, you see the prompt, as shown below, asking you to discard the checkout.

Prompt to discard checkout

Access Adobe Scan files in the Home view

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Now you can view files that you scan using the Adobe Scan mobile app in the File Lists of the Home view of Acrobat and Reader.

Adobe Scan mobile app files in the Home view

Note:

If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Adobe ID to see your scans. If you’re not using the app, you can enter your mobile number to receive the download link of the app on your device.

RSA-PSS signature scheme support

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

With current DC release, Acrobat begins RSA-PSS signing support. RSA-PSS is a new signature scheme that is based on the RSA cryptosystem and provides increased security assurance. For more details, see Raising the standard for RSA signatures. Support currently includes:

  • Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC
  • Signature validation (Windows and Mac)
  • Signature creation with digital ID files on Windows and Mac (PFX/P12)
  • Signature creation with digital ID imported to Windows Certificate Store and devices, such as smart cards supporting Cryptography API: Next Generation (CNG). CNG is designed to replace the legacy CryptoAPI. In addition to increased security, CNG is extensible and cryptography agnostic. For more detail and a list of features, see CNG features.

Note:

Signature creation with devices using Windows legacy Crypto API's and Apple Keychain are yet not supported.

Currently, the feature is controlled by registry and there is no user interface. For more information, click the link below - How to enable the RSA-PSS signing support.

How to enable the RSA-PSS signing support

Use the Windows registry or Mac plist entries, as shown below, to enable the RSA-PSS signing support in Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC.

Windows:

1.) bEnableRSAPSSSigning

Data boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 0
Version # DC April 2017 (Continuous track)
HKCU Path Security\cPubSec\cRSAPSSSigning\
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies whether a signature should be created with the RSA-PSS algorithm.
Details

Possible values include:

  • 0: Do not sign with the RSA-PSS algorithm.
  • 1: Use the RSA-PSS algorithm.

2.) aRSAPSSHashAlgorithm

Data atom: String value > REG_SZ
Default null
Version # DC April 2017 (Continuous track)
HKCU Path Security\cPubSec\cRSAPSSSigning\
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the hash algorithm used for RSA-PSS signing.
Details

If bEnableRSAPSSSigning is enabled, this preference specifies the hash algorithm. If this preference is not present or has a null value, then the value specified by aSignHash is used. If aSignHash is not specified, then SHA256 is used. Possible values include:

  • SHA1
  • SHA224
  • SHA256
  • SHA384
  • SHA512

3.) iRSAPSSSaltLength

Data integer: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default 32
Version # DC April 2017 (Continuous track)
HKCU Path Security\cPubSec\cRSAPSSSigning\
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Specifies the salt length used by the RSA-PSS algorithm.
Details

Note: Do take care of the base while setting the salt length, the default base is hexadecimal. Either change the base to decimal or input its hex value. For example, if decimal value of the salt length is 32 then its hex value is 20.

Mac:

Enable RSA-PSS signing support on Mac

April 2017 release of Acrobat DC

A new version number for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader

  Available for: Acrobat DC Continuous and Acrobat Reader DC Continuous

With April 2017 release, all customers on the Continuous track will move from 15.xx to 17.xx after the patch is deployed. There will be no change for customers on Classic track.

For more information, see the blog post - Acrobat’s getting a new version number (Reader too!).

 

Create rich PDFs from Microsoft Office formats on Mac

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now convert Microsoft Office documents to high-quality tagged PDFs on Mac OS. In addition to a local conversion, Acrobat DC now uses Adobe Create PDF cloud service to convert the documents to PDFs.

The created PDFs are high-quality and provide exceptional visual fidelity. They are well tagged for accessibility. They also include link recognition, so that hyperlinks, internal document links, and tables of contents are created as live links.

Note:

The service works only when you are online.

How does it work from within a Microsoft Office application?

  1. From within Microsoft Word 2016, click Create PDF on the Acrobat ribbon.

    Create PDF from Microsoft Word
  2. In the Acrobat Create PDF dialog box, select the Remember my choice check box, and then click Yes. The document is converted to PDF using the service, and then the PDF is downloaded and opened in Acrobat DC.

    Note:

    If you click No, the local Office application is used to convert the document to PDF.

  3. Save the PDF.

Steps to reset preferences

Later, if you don’t want to use the cloud service for creating PDFs, you can change your preference.

  • Click Preferences on the Acrobat ribbon, select the Prompt for using Adobe Create PDF cloud service check box in the Acrobat Create PDF Settings dialog box, and then click OK
Reset preferences

How does it work from Acrobat DC?

In Acrobat DC, the following create PDF workflows are supported for creating PDFs using the cloud service:

  • Create from the File menu – File > Create > PDF from file.
  • Create using the Create PDF tool – Tools > Create PDF > Single File.
  • Drag-and-drop.

Using the service, Acrobat DC can convert only one document to PDF at a time.

  1. In Acrobat DC, choose File > Create > PDF from file.

  2. Select the Office document that you want to convert to PDF, and then click Open.

    Create PDF using Acrobat online service
  3. The Use Adobe Create PDF cloud service check box is selected by default. The document is converted to PDF using the service, and then the PDF is downloaded and opened in Acrobat DC.

  4. Save the PDF.

     

Easily copy highlighted text

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Copying highlighted text is now easy using the right-click menu.

  1. Right-click the highlighted text, and then choose Enable Text Selection.

    Enable text selection for text highlights
  2. Select the text from highlight that you want to copy, right-click, and then choose Copy

    Copy text

Sign PDF files with DirectInk

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

New support for DirectInk in the Signatures Panel of the Certificates app offers a more natural experience and gives you more control of how your signature looks when signing on Windows 10 devices.

Draw your signature

Run OCR on scanned documents with live text

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Acrobat can now run OCR on a scanned PDF that contains images with live text on them. Earlier, if you would run OCR on such a PDF, you would see the error message – “This page contains renderable text.”

  1. Open the scanned PDF in Acrobat DC.

  2. Go to Tools > Enhance Scan > Recognizable Text > In This File.

  3. Click Settings in the toolbar. The Recognize Text dialog box is displayed.

  4. In the Output drop-down menu, choose Searchable Image or Searchable Image (exact) and click OK.

  5. Click Recognize Text in the toolbar.

     

Accessibility enhancements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Expanded tags view in the tags panel

Acrobat now expands the tags tree at the container level on opening the tags panel, by default. It doesn’t override any previous view, but it works as the first default view. The expanded view lets you easily review and fix the document structure.

Delete all empty tags in one click

You can now delete all empty tags in one click. The new Delete Empty Tags option under the Tags menu allows you to delete all empty tags form the subtree of a selected tag. (It doesn’t delete the valid tags, such as TD, TH, and Link – OBJR.)

  1. Open the tagged PDF in Acrobat DC.

  2. Choose Tags in the Left Navigation Pane, and then expand the tags.

  3. Right-click the tag for which you want to delete all empty tags in its subtree and click Delete Empty Tags.

     

Preflight enhancements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

  • Preflight Libraries: Preflight Profiles, Fixups, and Checks are now well organized in Libraries.
    For more information, see Preflight Libraries (PDF | 711 KB).
  • Preflight Variables: Variables allow you to dynamically adjust Profiles, Checks, and Fixups when they are applied. Variables can be used when editing Profiles, Checks, or Fixups wherever the orange triangle shows up. It is also possible to filter for existing objects using Variables.
  • Preflight supports the new Ghent PDF Workgroup Specification 2015: The new GWG specifications are based on PDF/X-4, and support native transparency as well as media neutral RGB workflows.
  • PDF/UA validation in Preflight: Preflight now makes it possible to fix common accessibility problems and to validate against the international standard for Universal Accessibility PDF/UA.

Deploy Acrobat Reader from an internal update server

  Available in: Acrobat Reader DC Continuous and Classic

IT admins can now manage and deploy Acrobat Reader on their own internal update server with Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST). This tool enables enterprise IT managers to deploy products and updates at their own pace, choosing when to roll out updates to their employees. It supports both Windows and Mac updates.

For more information, see Using Adobe Update Server Setup Tool.

 

Deploy Acrobat and Acrobat Reader using Remote Update Manager

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic, Acrobat Reader DC Continuous and Classic

IT admins can now deploy the latest updates of Acrobat Pro, Standard, and Reader to client machines without pushing updates manually using Remote Update Manager (RUM). RUM can be used with the Adobe Update server or now with an internal Adobe Update server if using Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST).

For more information, see Using Adobe Remote Update Manager.

 

January 2017 release of Acrobat DC

Draw your signature to create a digital ID

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

In addition to image and text, you can now also draw your signature to add it to your digital identity and use it for signing documents. You can use your fingers or a hardware pen to draw the signature.

Signature appearance
Draw your signature

Automatic configuration for SharePoint-based shared review

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

For a SharePoint-based shared review, Acrobat now automatically creates a new document library within your SharePoint server’s subsite to initiate the shared review. Alternatively, you can also choose a subsite and the respective document library to host the shared review.

Using the automatic configuration option for shared review

  1. Open the PDF that you want to send for shared review.

  2. Go to Tools > Send for Shared Commenting, and then click Send for Shared Commenting in the toolbar.

  3. Choose Automatically collect comments in my own internal server in the drop-down list and then click Next.

  4. Choose SharePoint subsite and then provide the URL of your subsite on the SharePoint server. Click Next.

    Hosting your review file on a SharePoint subsite

    Acrobat automatically creates and configures a new document library (named AcrobatSharedReviews) within your subsite to initiate the shared review.

  5. Follow onscreen instructions to choose or specify appropriate options to complete the remaining steps.

    Note:

    Ensure that your reviewers have appropriate permissions on the SharePoint subsite for adding and publishing comments.

Support for date and image fields in Acrobat forms

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now add an image field and a date field while preparing your form in Acrobat DC using the Prepare Form tool. While filling in the form, the corresponding fields become clickable – users can click the field and select an image or a date.

Date and Image tools for Forms

Using the image field

While you are preparing the form in Acrobat DC, click the Image Field icon in the toolbar, and then click the location in the document where you want to place the field.

Using the Image field in a form

You can rename the field or specify values of the field’s properties as you do for any other field. To open the Properties dialog box, click the All Properties link or double-click the field.

Form filling experience for the image field

  1. An image icon is displayed for the field. Click the image icon.

    An image icon is displayed while filling the form
  2. Browse and select an image.

    Browse and select an image

    Note:

    While browsing, select an appropriate file type from the file type drop-down menu shown just above the Open button in the Open dialog box. In addition to PDF files, the following image file types are supported – JPG, GIF, PNG, and TIF.

    This new form filling experience for the image field is also available in Acrobat Reader Continuous.

  3. Click OK. The image is placed in the field.

    The selected image is placed in the field

Using the date field

While you are preparing the form in Acrobat DC, click the Date Field icon in the toolbar, and then click the location in the document where you want to place the field.

Using the Date field in a form

You can rename the field or specify values of the field’s properties as you do for any other field. To open the Properties dialog box, click the All Properties link or double-click the field.

Form filling experience for the date field

  1. When you click the field, you see the arrow icon at the right end of the field.

    An arrow icon is displayed when you click the field

    Note:

    This new form filling experience for the date field is available in both Acrobat and Reader -  Continuous and Classic.

  2. Click the arrow icon and select an appropriate date using the Date Picker. Alternatively, you can also enter the date using the keyboard.

    The Date Picker
  3. The date is placed in the field.

    The selected date is placed in the field

For more information on forms, see Creating and distributing PDF forms.

Enhancements to the Radio button in Acrobat forms

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

The following enhancements have been made to the default behavior of the Radio buttons in Acrobat forms:

  • Multiple copies of the radio buttons are placed in the same group by default. You can change this behavior and place each radio button in a separate group by selecting the Copy radio buttons in different groups check box.
  • Duplicating radio buttons across the pages now creates separate groups per page.
  • In the Properties dialog box, when multiple radio buttons are selected, you now have the option to change the group name in a single click using the Group Name field.

Compare files enhancements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Improved image comparison accuracy

The compare files used to highlight the entire image for any changes to the image in the new file. Now it precisely highlights the location of change within the image instead of highlighting the entire image.

Reply, delete, filter, and edit for annotations in the compare reports

  • The reply feature is now available in each pop-ups highlighting the changes in the compare report. When you click the Reply link in a pop-up, it takes you to the RHP where you can add appropriate text.
  • You can now delete a compare annotation from the report using right click or by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • In the RHP, you can now filter the changes by a particular status.
  • You can also edit the text of a compare annotation in the RHP.

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

Retain the last LHP (Left Hand Pane) state across Acrobat launches

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Now you can explicitly pin the LHP entry from the right-click context menu after opening the relevant LHP field.

Pin the LHP entry from the right-click context menu

LHP (Left Hand Pane) and toolbar controls included in the tools search

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

The LHP and toolbar controls are now included in the tools search.

Improved experience with DirectInk

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now use your pen or stylus directly on the document without selecting a tool.

Support for named user deployment in virtual environments

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

IT admins can now deliver secure access to Acrobat DC with new support for named user licensing in Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, and VMware Horizon virtual environments.

For more information, see Imaged OS deployments (named user).

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