New features summary | May 2019 release of Acrobat

Acrobat latest release is available now. For more information, see New Features Summary | Acrobat latest release.

New in-app onboarding experience

Acrobat now shows a progressive, multi-state home screen that helps you:

  • Get set up for success by claiming PDF ownership and downloading related mobile apps.
  • Discover top Acrobat tools like Edit PDF, Organize PDF, Combine PDFs, Send for Review, and more.
  • Provide an intuitive in-app first-time experience within the tools.
In-app onboarding experience

For more information, see Workspace basics.

Simplified Share experience for viewing, reviewing, and signing

The new sharing experience simplifies the way you share PDFs for viewing, reviewing, or signing. The Share interface in the right pane is now replaced with a new modal dialog box that provides you with the following four main tasks to choose from:

  • Get a Link: Share a link to your PDF file for viewing or review. Next, select Allow Comments for Review to get easy and fast feedback.
  • Invite People: Select this option to invite people to view or review PDF files by email. Next, select Allow Comments for Review to get easy and fast feedback.
  • Attach to Email: Select this option to send a PDF file as an attachment in an email.
  • Request Signatures: Send your documents for signature using Adobe Sign.
Share window


Adobe is testing this new PDF sharing experience in Acrobat. Therefore, the new experience may not be available to all Acrobat users.

For more information, see Share and track PDFs online (New experience | Old experience).

Unified Sign tool for both signers and senders

Fill and Sign and Adobe Sign (formerly known as Send for Signature) are now consolidated into a single Sign tool where you can either fill & sign a document or get a document signed from others. It includes a simplified experience that asks you who needs to fill and sign first: you or others and then walks you through the steps to complete the task. It's the one place for all your form filling and signature needs.

1. Select Fill & Sign in the right pane or from the Tools center. The Fill & Sign interface is displayed.

Fill & Sign home

2. Choose an option based on who needs to fill and sign the document/form first:

a. If you want to fill and sign the document/form, choose Me. The Fill & Sign options are displayed.

b. If you want to send the document to others for signature, choose Others. The Send for Signature Using Adobe Sign options are displayed.

Guided Fill & Sign with new share options

Acrobat now smartly recognizes that you have a form to be filled as soon as you open it for viewing – it then guides you to fill the form right there. Once you’re in the Fill and Sign interface and click Me, the fill and sign options automatically appear in the toolbar. After you complete the form and click Next, a new sharing dialog box is displayed showing the following options:

  • Get a Link: Choose this option if you want to share a read-only copy of your document with others.
  • Request Signatures: Choose this option if you want to send the document to others for getting their signatures.
Share options for filled form

For more information, see Send documents for signature.

Reopen PDFs from the last Acrobat/Reader session

You can now restore the previous session of open PDFs in Acrobat. When Acrobat closes unexpectedly, the Reopen Closed PDFs contextual tip is displayed. Click Restore.

Reopen closed PDFs

Alternatively, to restore the previous session, click File > Reopen PDFs from last session.

Reopen PDFs from the last session

Reopen recently closed tabs

To reopen a recently closed tab, right-click the tab of an open PDF and select Reopen Closed Tab. Select this option again to open multiple closed tabs. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + T. Acrobat reopens the files in the sequence they were closed.

Reopen closed tab

Improved search experience

When you type the first few letters to search in a PDF, Acrobat provides suggestions for the matching word and its frequency of occurrence in the document. When you select a word, Acrobat highlights all the matching results in the PDF.

Search as you type
Search as you type

Navigating through highlighted matches
Navigating through highlighted matches

For more information, see Searching PDFs.

Contextual discovery of Acrobat tools

Acrobat now provides contextual tips based on the action performed on a PDF. These tips are intuitive and a huge time-saver. Acrobat guides you to:

  • Share after you change a PDF.
Acrobat tip to share PDF

  • Use the Organize Pages tool after you combine files or try to use page thumbnails.
  • Add a comment and use the Enhance Scan tool when you use the highlight tool on a scanned document. Also, in the Enhance Scan tool, when there are no scanners listed, Acrobat guides you to use Adobe Scan mobile app.
Contextual tip to use Adobe Scan mobile app if no scanners found

  • Use the Review service if you are making comments on a PDF or working on a revised version of a document on which you have received feedback.
Acrobat tip to share for review

Commenting experience improvements

Acrobat now provides quick actions in a floating toolbar to perform contextual actions when you view a PDF. You do not have to open the commenting tool to access these actions.

  • Actions on text selection: Highlight Text, Strikethrough Text, Underline Text, Edit Text & Images, and Copy Text.
Actions on text selection

  • Actions on image selection: Add Sticky Note, Highlight Text, Edit Text & Images, and Copy Image.
Actions on image selection

  • Actions on highlight selection: Add or Delete Note.
Actions on highlight selection

Improved @mention experience while reviewing documents

When you add a comment, the @mention is consistently present in the comment box for easy access and reviewer selection.

New and enhanced integration with Microsoft applications

Create and share PDFs directly from PowerPoint and Word files on Mac

You can now directly use the Create and Share Adobe PDF option from the Home menu in Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word to create PDFs and share them with others for viewing or review. Also, while sharing, you can allow commenting to get easy and fast feedback.

Create and share PDF from Word or PowerPoint on Mac

Mac PDFMaker for PowerPoint using Create PDF Service

Create rich, high fidelity, and accessible PDFs from Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac using the new Acrobat ribbon interface. This feature leverages the Document Cloud Create PDF service.

Share for signature from Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents

Send your documents for signature directly from within Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint. To do this, open any Microsoft Word or PowerPoint document, and from the Home tab, click Request Signatures.

Request signatures

Open PDF attachments in Acrobat from Microsoft Outlook

When you receive a PDF attachment in Outlook, you can now choose to open the file in Acrobat. Use one of the following options from Outlook:

  • Click the Open PDFs in Acrobat strip displayed at the right-end in the attachment row. (The strip is displayed when Acrobat is not the default PDF viewer on your machine.)
Open PDF in Acrobat from Outlook

  • Choose Open in Adobe Acrobat from the PDF attachment drop-down list.
Open in Acrobat from the attachment drop-down list


After you install or upgrade Acrobat to the latest version, relaunch Outlook to see the new options.  

Open PDFs in Acrobat from Google Chrome

A new floating Open in Acrobat button is displayed in Google Chrome when you open an online PDF. On clicking the button, the PDF is downloaded and opened in Acrobat.

Open in Acrobat from Chrome

Accessibility improvement

Undo or redo tag changes done using the Reading Order tool

The Undo-Redo feature is now added to the Reading Order tool in Accessibility. You can revert the previous tag-related changes in a document one-by-one using the Reading Order tool. To undo the reading order changes, click Edit > Undo Edit. To redo the changes, click Edit > Redo Edit.

Undo-redo tag changes

For more information, see Reading Order tool for PDFs.

Improvements to VoiceOver navigation on Mac

The VoiceOver navigation is improved on Mac. There are new VoiceOver containers in Home, Tools center, and Document view of Acrobat and Acrobat Reader. 

New VoiceOver containers in Home view
New VoiceOver containers in Home view: [1] Top bar [2] Right-hand tools pane

New VoiceOver containers in Tools center
New VoiceOver containers in Tools center: [1] Top bar [2] Right-hand tools pane [6] Tools center

New VoiceOver containers in Document view
New VoiceOver containers in Document view: [1] Top bar [2] Right-hand tools pane [3] Navigation pane [4] Left task pane [5] Document pane

Clear recent files

You now have the option to clear all your recent files list including the shared, viewed, and reviewed files in Acrobat. To do this, go to Home > Recent and click Clear Recent.

Clear recent files

View MIP-protected files in Acrobat Reader and Acrobat on Mac desktop

Now you can use Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader Mac desktop applications to open files protected with MIP (Microsoft Information Protection) solutions including Azure Information Protection (AIP) and Information Protection using Office 365.

Acrobat Reader and Acrobat now auto-detect a MIP-protected file and prompts you to download the corresponding plug-in from the help page. Once you download and install the plug-in, the protected files open like any other PDF in Acrobat or Reader.

Dropped support for Mac OS X 10.11

Acrobat no longer supports Mac OS 10.11 as Apple declared the end of support for this version in August 2018. Adobe recommends that you update your Mac OS to the latest version and install the latest version of Acrobat and continue receiving Acrobat updates.

For the latest system requirements, see System requirements Acrobat.

New Preflight profiles

The following profiles are added to the Preflight tool in Acrobat:

  • GWG 2015 specifications for packaging: Checks for specific issues relevant to package and label production for Packaging Offset (GWG2015), Packaging Gravure (GWG2015), and Packaging Flexographic (GWG2015) designs.
  • Processing steps: Provides information about the processing steps where metadata is present in a PDF file and reports empty layers.
  • Uses PDF 2.0 features: Determines whether a PDF uses any print-related features of PDF 2.0. 
  • Bring 100% black text to front: Brings text using 100% black to the front at runtime.

Security improvements

  • Acrobat and Acrobat Reader are now more hardened and secured against malicious attacks through leak prevention, sandboxing of additional workflows, and code sanitation.
    • Acrobat and Reader binaries are now CFG (Control Flow Guard) enabled on Windows.
    • Introduced sandboxing in image conversion workflows.
  • Acrobat Reader now has AppContainer enabled by default.

Performance improvements

Acrobat now works much faster. You will experience:

  • Improved application launch on macOS 10.14.
  • 50% reduction in time to initiate a review.
  • Improved performance across various features.
  • Improved product stability.

Additional improvements

OS toast notification to set Acrobat as the default app for PDFs

If Acrobat is not the default PDF owner on your computer, you will see an OS toast notification to set Acrobat as the default app for PDFs. Click the notification to follow a guided workflow to set Acrobat to view all PDFs.

Toast notification to set Acrobat as the default PDF owner

Single scroll bar for the Home view

The Home view now has a single scroll bar for the entire window covering Recommended tools, To Do cards, and Recent sections.

Download and launch Acrobat from Acrobat Reader

If you are an active Acrobat subscriber but still using Reader, Acrobat Reader will prompt you to download Acrobat.

Two free Adobe Sign transactions for Acrobat Reader users

Acrobat Reader users will be given two free Sign transactions every month once they sign in so that they can experience the Sign workflow.

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