New features summary | June 2021 release of Acrobat DC

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 app and mobile app, or sign in to Acrobat Web to experience the new features and improvements.

Acrobat DC desktop app

June 2021 release

When you add an online storage account or configure your Gmail account in Acrobat, Acrobat prompts you to sign in from the native browser instead of the embedded browser due to security reasons. A prompt is displayed to guide you through the new sign-in process, as shown in the screenshot below.

A prompt to guide you through the sign-in process

The following Customization Wizard enhancements apply to Acrobat 64-bit installer:

Note:

Adobe is testing the Acrobat Reader 64-bit application only in the select geographies. Gradually, the 64-bit application will be available in more geographies.

Install Acrobat 64-bit as Reader package

The new Create Reader 64-bit package option allows administrators to customize the Acrobat 64-bit installer and deploy it as a localized Reader 64-bit application.   

Install Acrobat 64-bit as Reader package

Enable the premium features of Acrobat for signed-in users

The Suppress sign-in in Acrobat option allows users to switch from Acrobat 64-bit reduced mode to full features mode after sign-in.

Enable the premium features of Acrobat for signed-in users

Removed - serial number related options (Acrobat 64-bit)

The Grant Offline Exception option is removed and not available for the Acrobat 64-bit single app version.

Remove serial number


The following Customization Wizard enhancements apply to both Acrobat 32-bit and 64-bit installers:

Enable or disable Acrobat sandboxing

You can now configure the Protected Mode settings of Acrobat before deployment using the Sandbox Properties.

Protected mode settings

Virtual mode support

You can now customize the installer for virtual environment support.

Virtual mode support

New Sign options in the right-click context menu in Acrobat DC

Note:

This feature is being rolled out as an experiment in Acrobat DC, and the menu options may not be available to all users.

The new Sign options in the right-click context menu help you quickly start the signature process from the viewer: Request Signatures and Sign Yourself.

New sign options on right-click context menu

New Sign description

The Fill & Sign or Adobe Sign tooltip now clearly indicates that recipients don't need Acrobat and can sign the documents online.

New description for the Sign tool

Contextual tips to quickly start the signature process after you edit, create, combine, or organize a PDF

When you edit, create, combine, or organize a PDF, Acrobat prompts you to send the document to get signatures from others. If you open a signed document, Acrobat recognizes and prompts you to use Adobe Sign.

Note:

This feature is being rolled out to non-English geographies incrementally.

Sign contextual tips

New Sign menu

You can now easily discover the available Sign options from the new Sign menu.

Note:

This feature is being rolled out as an experiment, and the menu options may vary and may not be available to all users.

Sign menu options

Acrobat now has a new cryptography library - SafeLogic CryptoComply, for digital signatures and protection. The library is enabled by default. However, if you want to use the old library - Dell BSAFE, follow the steps below to disable the new library.

  1. In Acrobat, go to Edit > Preferences (Windows), or Acrobat > Preferences (macOS).

  2. In the categories on the left, choose Security, and then deselect the option Use SafeLogic CryptoComply.

    Note:

    This feature is being rolled out incrementally and may not be available to all users.

    Disable SafeLogic CryptoComply

After you certify a document with your signature, any changes done after the certification are now displayed in the signature panel. The following new option is displayed in the panel - "Changes have occurred. Click to validate the signatures". Click the option to re-validate all signatures and display the list of changes.

Validate changes in a certified PDF

You can now run Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC in the emulation mode on Windows 10 devices with ARM processors. Currently, only the 32-bit (x86) versions of Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC are supported.

For more information, see ARM processor support | Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC on Windows.

Adobe PDF printer for ARM processor devices

In the earlier versions, installation of Acrobat could not install the Adobe PDF Printer on ARM processor devices due to the architectural changes making it incompatible. With this release, the Adobe PDF printer driver is upgraded for Acrobat 32-bit to make it compatible with ARM devices.

Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) is a Microsoft rights management solution. Users of Azure Information Protection and other Microsoft Information Protection solutions can use Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to read labelled and protected content. The MIP plug-in is now available for Acrobat 64-bit and Acrobat Reader 64-bit. You can download the plug-in from the MIP plug-in for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader page.

In the earlier versions, for MIP-protected files with Viewer and Reviewer permission levels, you could take screenshots using the Windows Snipping Tool; the file's content was visible during screen sharing.

In this release, this vulnerability is fixed on Windows. Now, when you share a protected file, the recipients cannot perform any of the following actions to copy, take a screenshot, or save the file:

  • Use the Snipping Tool to take a screenshot.
  • Screen recording using PowerPoint.
  • Use prints screen shortcuts like Win+Print screenAlt+Print screenWin+Shift+S, or print screen.
  • Slack, Teams, or BlueJeans screen sharing.
  • Game bar screen recording and snapshot.
  • Snapshot using Acrobat.

You can now sort files by name, last modified date, and sizes in online storage accounts like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, and SharePoint in Acrobat.

You can now use your mouse left-click to go to the previous page or right-click to go to the next page of a PDF in the fullscreen mode on your desktop and touch devices.

You can now right-click the multimedia file in a PDF and select Save Audio As or Save Video As, depending on the type of multimedia content.

If Acrobat repeatedly prompts you to sign in, you can fix the problem by following the steps in the document linked from the prompt, as shown in the screenshots below.

Frequent logout dialog

Frequent logout dialog

Click Troubleshoot and try the solutions to fix the problem.

Now the document security password must be at least six characters long for both the ways by which you can set a document password:

  • File > Properties > Security tab: The minimum password length is introduced in this release.
  • File > Protect Using Password: The minimum password length was introduced in a previous release.

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Acrobat Reader mobile app

May 2021, April 2021, and March 2021 updates

iPhone and iPad

Besides performance and stability enhancements, the updates include the following new features:

With the new send crash reports feature, you can choose to send us crash reports if the app closes unexpectedly. You help us improve the Acrobat app by opting to send crash reports to Adobe.

You can now enable the keep screen on option to prevent the device from dimming while reading a PDF document in Acrobat.

You can now save a copy of shared PDF documents along with their comments.

You can now insert new pages or extract pages from a PDF file using Acrobat’s organize feature.

Acrobat iOS now supports larger text in bookmarks for better readability.

In addition to Dropbox and Google Drive, Acrobat’s support for 3rd party cloud storage now includes OneDrive file access. It allows you to open files from OneDrive and save them directly back to the same location.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your iPhone and iPad.

Android

Besides performance and stability enhancements, the updates include the following new features:

In addition to Dropbox and Google Drive, Acrobat’s support for 3rd party cloud storage now includes OneDrive file access. It allows you to open files from OneDrive and save them directly back to the same location.

You can now choose to send us crash reports if the app unexpectedly closes while you’re using it. You help us improve the app by opting to send crash reports to Adobe.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your Android device.

Acrobat online services

April 2021 and March 2021 releases

Microsoft Office for the web is now integrated with Acrobat web. It enables you to easily view and edit  Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in the browser from within Acrobat web. Learn more.

You can now use Acrobat online services as an app and access all the PDF tools from the app. 

  1. Visit Acrobat web. At the right end of the browser’s search bar, click the Install Acrobat online icon, and then click the Install button in the pop-up. 

    Install Acrobat online

  2. The app opens in a window outside of the browser.

  3. You can sign in and start using the PDF tools.

To open the app next time, type “Acrobat online” in the Windows search box, and then choose the app.

You can now choose one of the following compression levels considering the combination of size and quality of the compressed PDF: high, medium, or low. 

Choose the compression levels

You can now compress a PDF file as large as 2 GB; the earlier limit was 500 MB.

The Organize PDF service can now process up to 100 files with a maximum of 1500 pages; the earlier limit was up to 12 files. 

Sign in to Acrobat Web at https://documentcloud.adobe.com to experience the new features and improvements.

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