Acrobat DC

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December 2018 release of Acrobat DC

Global Sign tool for faster, single-click access to signatures when signing a document

The Sign tool is now available consistently in the toolbar for ease of access. It provides single-click access to fill and sign a document.

Global Sign tool


If you've customized the quick toolbar, the Global Sign tool won't be visible. To add the tool, right-click anywhere on the toolbar, select Customize Quick Tools > Fill, Sign, and Track > Sign and then click Save.

Labels to distinguish files in the recent list

The files in the recent list are now labeled as Shared, Unshared, or Review based on the action taken on the file. You can now easily identify your shared files.

Labels to distinguish files in the recent list

A new preference to make checkbox visible for comments

A new preference has been added to display checkboxes for comments. To make checkbox visible for the comments, do the following:

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences (Windows), or Acrobat > Preferences (macOS). The preferences dialog box is displayed.
  2. In the Commenting category, select Show Checkbox under Making Comments.
  3. Click OK.
A new preference to show checkbox for comments


By default, the checkbox is hidden. If you use checkboxes on multiple documents, Acrobat DC prompts you to enable the checkboxes for all documents.

Drag-and-drop files in the navigation pane of a PDF Portfolio

The navigation pane of a PDF Portfolio now supports drag-and-drop to:

  • Rearrange files within a folder of the PDF Portfolio.
  • Drop files to folders, or a folder to another folder provided both are at the same level or folder.
Drag-and-drop files in the navigation pane of PDF Portfolio
Drag-and-drop files to folders or a folder to another folder to rearrange PDF Portfolio

Enabled create, combine, export, and compare tools for review documents

For review documents, the tools like Create PDF, Combine Files, Export PDF, and Compare Files are now enabled in the Tools center and the right-hand pane.

Tools for review documents

When you select files sent for viewing or review in the Home view, you can now copy shared link or review link in the context pane. You can also add recipients to an existing shared file using the ‘Add recipients’ option in the right-hand pane.

Copy shared link
Copy shared link
Copy review link
Copy review link

Share a review document

You can further share a review document by using the Share button. If you're the initiator, you can add more reviewers to a review document. If you're a recipient or reviewer, you can copy the review link and share it with others.

Add more reviewers to a review document
Add more reviewers to a review document
Copy review link to share a review document
Copy review link to share a review document

Open and combine recent files from the context pane

When you select files in the Home view, you now have the following two new features available in the context pane, in addition to the Share and the Remove from Recent option:

  • Open: Use this option to open multiple filed directly from the context pane at once instead of opening the files individually.
  • Combine Files: Use the Combine Files option from the context pane to combine multiple files directly instead of opening the tool and then selecting the files.
Combine files from the context pane

Delete and download/save a copy options for unshared files in the context pane and the right-hand pane

When you choose an unshared file in the recent view or open the file, the context pane and the right-hand pane now provide the same options that are available for a shared file – Delete Shared File and Download / Save A Copy.

Options for an unshared file in the context pane
Options for an unshared file in the context pane
Options for an unshared file in the right-hand pane
Options for an unshared file in the right-hand pane

PDFMaker support for AutoCAD 2018 and 2019

Acrobat DC now supports PDFMaker workflows for AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD 2019.

Support for converting SharePoint Word files to PDFs on Mac

You can now create PDFs from your SharePoint online Word files using Acrobat DC. The feature uses the Document Cloud create PDF service to convert documents to PDFs.

View MIP-protected files in Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat DC

Now you can use Adobe Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC Windows 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 DC / Acrobat DC auto-detects a MIP-protected file and prompts you to download the corresponding plugin from the helpx page. Once you download and install the plug-in, the protected files open like any other PDF in Acrobat or Reader.

Additional enhancements

Selection behavior for Sticky note

When you select a sticky note, the selected note increases in size with a thick blue boundary making it easy to distinguish from the rest of the comments.

Old behavior of sticky note
New behavior of sticky note

Improved @mention experience in review

Use of “@mention” is now enhanced to auto-complete the intended reviewers. You can also use the @ symbol in comments.

Annotations workflows support for Microsoft Office 2019

Workflows involving annotations, for example, exporting comments to MS Word and send mail in Acrobat DC, are now supported for MS Office 2019.

Improved sign in, sign out, and trial start experience

New users signing in or out from Acrobat will see this change. Existing users won’t see any change.

Sign out dialog box
Sign out dialog box
Start trial dialog box
Start trial dialog box
Sign in dialog box
Sign in dialog box

Page indicators for To Do cards

The To do cards in the Home page of Acrobat now have a page indicator to indicate the current page in relation to all available pages.

To do cards

October 2018 release of Acrobat DC

Unified Share experience across desktop, mobile, and web

The new unified Share experience empowers you to easily collaborate on documents across desktop, mobile, and web. Share a link to a PDF to view or comment on it. PDFs shared as links open in any browser, on any device. Acrobat makes it as easy as email but with a lot more control and full tracking. Recipients get an email with a link and click through to view and comment on documents in a browser; no sign-in required, no software to install.

The new experience enables you to share documents using any of the following methods:

  • Send personalized invitations using the Document Cloud Share option
  • Send an anonymous or public link in an email
  • Attach to an email
A new unified share experience

For more information, see Share and track PDFs online.

Unified Home view across desktop, mobile, and web

With the new Home view, you now have a single place to track and manage all your documents shared for viewing, reviewing, and signatures across desktop, mobile, and web.

It includes new actionable tools to help you stay on top of your documents:

Unified Recent Files list

Displays the files shared with you or shared by you for viewing, reviewing, or signatures in addition to the files opened for viewing from your computer, Document Cloud storage, or third-party storage like OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, SharePoint, and Google Drive.

Note: In Acrobat Reader mobile app, sign agreements that you have sent for signature don't appear in the Recent files list. However, you can see the notifications and To Do cards for those sign agreements which are pending for you to complete.

To Do cards

Shows the document received for viewing, review, or signatures that are pending your action.

Search box

Lets you search all your Document Cloud files and the files sent or received for viewing, reviewing, or signing.

Notifications Bell

The place to see all the incoming and outgoing requests for documents shared for viewing, reviewing, and signing.

Context Pane

Helps you take actions on files across all Home view with context-sensitive menus, and check the status of participants and history of activities for shared documents.

Shared Files

Helps track and manage your shared files. All your shared files are grouped based on workstream for ease of access. The files shared for viewing are listed in the For Viewing tab, the files shared for review are listed in the For Review tab, and the files sent or received for signature are listed in the For Signature tab.

Home view
A. Recent files B. To Do cards C. Unified search D. Notifications E. Context Pane F. Shared Files 

For more information, see Workspace basics.

Unified Document Cloud review service

The new Adobe Document Cloud review service empowers you to easily share PDF files for review from the Acrobat DC desktop application, the Document Cloud web, or the Acrobat Reader mobile app. It simplifies the gathering and management of feedback in one place instead of multiple email attachments, and helps you stay informed of progress. It also keeps reviewers productive with an easy-to-use commenting solution that helps them find relevant information quickly and doesn’t require them to sign in or install any additional software.

Intuitive features like @mentions, deadlines, reminders, and ‘I am done’ to inform initiators that you are done or still reviewing make the review process transparent, keep the review moving, and lead to faster review completions.

Initiator and reviewers are notified of the change in the status of reviews or when tagged for any action in addition to a daily summary. They are also notified when anyone adds a comment.

Review in progress
Review status and participants in the upper-left corner of the toolbar, comment sync status and the switch between managing reviews and viewing comments in the upper-right corner of the toolbar, and comments in the right pane

Unified document search

The new search box at the top-center of the Home view searches across all the files in your Document Cloud account as well as those sent and received for viewing, review, or signing. Also, you can access the Action board from within the search results without opening the file in a new document window.

Unified search

Fill & Sign with locking and tracking

The Fill & Sign tool is now powered by Adobe Sensei. The tool comes with the following new capabilities:

  • Fill forms faster with new Sensei-powered form field detection and alignment for text, checkmark, cross, radio button, and comb field. Auto-alignment makes sure that font size is according to the field size and it is well aligned with the field box or line.
  • Send a link of the non-editable copy of the filled and signed form. The copy is certified with Adobe Sign. Recipients won’t be able to modify the copy easily; any modification makes the certification invalid.
Send a copy of the filled and signed form
Send a copy of the filled and signed form

For more information, see Fill and sign PDF forms.

Send for Signature powered by Adobe Sign

The Send for Signature tool, which relies on cloud services provided by Adobe Sign, is now renamed to Adobe Sign in Acrobat DC desktop. The tool now comes with advanced features that give you more control over the entire process - senders can add expiry date, reminder, signer authentication, and so on. Also, once you’ve sent documents for signatures, it’s now easier to view and track their status, send reminders, cancel requests, or view history from the unified Home view.

Advanced features give more control over the signing process
Advanced features give more control over the signing process

For more information, see Send PDF documents for signature.

Access to Google Drive files from within Acrobat

You can now easily access and store files from your Google Drive file storage account while working in the Home view.

For more information, see Access Google Drive files in Acrobat.

Text and images editing from your iOS or Android tablet

With the Acrobat Reader mobile app and a subscription to Acrobat Pro DC, you can now easily add text and images, edit and format text, update lists, or add, rotate, and resize images in a PDF — right from your iPad or Android tablet.

  • iPad functionality is improved
  • Android functionality is all-new
Text editing on an Android tablet
Text editing on an Android tablet
Image editing on an Android tablet
Image editing on an Android tablet

February 2018 release of Acrobat DC

Hyphenation related fixes

Previously, false diffs were reported due to incorrect hyphenation categorization - false diffs of hyphenated words were reported whenever they reach the end of a line while doing insertion or deletion during editing. This has been fixed now.

The example below covers all the cases related to the hyphenation fixes.

Hyphenation related fixes

Tags and tool names of the Reading Order tool are now consistent.

  • The “Touch up Reading Order” tool is renamed to the “Reading Order” tool.
  • The "Text" in the Reading Order tool is renamed to "Text/Paragraph".
  • The "Background" in the Reader Order tool is renamed to "Background/Artifact".

Access the Reading Order tool from the tag tree

You can now access the Reading Order tool directly from the tag tree. Choose Tags in the left navigation pane, right-click any tag and then choose Reading Order.

Access the Reading Order tool from the tag tree

Bulk edit tags in the tag tree

You can now edit the properties of multiple tags at a time. Select the tags that you want to edit and then choose Properties dialog option from the right-click context menu.

Edit properties of multiple tags

Change the type, title, and other properties as required, and then click Close.

In the tags panel, select contiguous or non-contiguous tags, right-click and choose Properties.

Edit properties of the tags

Create notes and reference tags from the Reading Order tool

You can now create notes and reference tags from the Reading Order tool.

From the Order panel:

  1. Choose Order panel in the left-hand pane.
  2. Right-click the content in the panel, and then choose Tag as Reference or Tag as Note.
Reference and Notes in the Order panel

From the Reading Order tool:

  1. In the tags panel, right-click any tag and choose Reading Order.
  2. Select some content that you want to tag as Note or Reference, and then click Note or Reference.
Reference and Notes in the Reading Order tool

Copy content of text-based annotations

A new Copy Text option is now available in the right-click context menu of text-based annotations with highlight, underline, or strikeout.

Copy text from an annotation

An option to clear the selected image from the image form field

Using the new Clear Image option, you can easily clear the selected image from an image field in a form.   

  1. Click the image field form which you want to clear the image. The Select Image dialog box is displayed.

    Clear selected image
  2. Click Clear Image, and then click OK.

Multiple objects selections with Output Preview

You can now select multiple objects when the Output Preview dialog is open.

To enable this feature, go to Edit > Preferences > Page Display, and then select Use Shift + Click for Multiple Selection with Output Preview check box under the Page Content and Information section.

To select multiple objects, use Shift + Click. To add a sticky note containing the color values, use Alt + Click (on Windows) or Option + Click (on Mac).

Note: By default, the preference is disabled.

The accuracy of text recognition (OCR) on the scanned files with a dark background has been improved significantly.

You can now access tools center from the right-hand pane using the new More Tools option.

More tools in the right-hand pane

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

Support for the following additional OCR languages is added in the Export PDF app in Acrobat Reader DC:






German (Switzerland)










Norwegian (Norway)





Simplified Chinese



Traditional Chinese



To see the list of supported languages: Open a PDF in Acrobat Reader DC and choose Export PDF in the Tools pane, and then click Change next to “Document Language”. The OCR Settings dialog box is displayed that lists all the supported languages.

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