Acrobat DC is the latest version of Acrobat subscription software. It's the most mobile, productive, and collaborative PDF solution Adobe offers. Acrobat DC includes Acrobat desktop software, the Acrobat Reader mobile app enhanced with premium mobile features, and premium Adobe Document Cloud services to keep you connected and productive wherever you work, on any device.
Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat DC:
Reasons to upgrade from Acrobat DC perpetual:
Reasons to upgrade from Acrobat XI include the all the benefits above, plus:
On mobile and web, you can also:
See the Acrobat DC version comparison for more detail about how Acrobat DC differs from previous versions.
Adobe Acrobat DC includes desktop products, free mobile apps, and online services available through Adobe Document Cloud.
Desktop products for Windows:
Desktop products for Mac OS:
When you subscribe to Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat Standard DC, you pay a low monthly fee to get:
Yes, Adobe is partnered with the leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms to enable enterprises to securely manage and distribute Adobe Document Cloud mobile apps.
Activation is a required process by which Adobe validates that your software is genuine and being used as allowed by your product license agreement. It is intended to protect both your rights as a consumer and Adobe’s rights as a software developer. Activation also helps confirm that the software you bought is not counterfeit.
Acrobat DC products automatically attempt to activate over the Internet. During activation, no personal information is transmitted. Each single-user license grants rights for Acrobat to be installed on two computers at any given time. See the Adobe software activation page for more information.
If your organization has computers that cannot be online for activation, IT administrators can set an offline exception using Adobe Customization wizard. Learn more about IT resources.
With Document Cloud services, you can perform essential PDF tasks using a web browser or mobile device:
No. Acrobat DC desktop software can be used by itself, without taking advantage of Adobe Document Cloud services.
The first time you open Acrobat DC desktop software, you’ll need an Internet connection for software activation. After that, you’ll be able to work offline with ease. If you purchase a subscription, you’ll be asked to log in periodically to verify your credentials (every 30 days if you have a monthly plan versus 99 days with an annual plan). Sending a document for e-signature with Adobe Sign and sharing PDFs with others requires an online connection.
Acrobat DC desktop software doesn't run in the cloud – it is locally installed software running on your desktop. It can connect to Document Cloud services to provide a richer array of features and capabilities. However, if your company prohibits software that connects to the cloud, talk to your IT administrator. Acrobat settings can be customized to remove access to the cloud services. Learn more about IT resources.
Yes. At Adobe, the security of your digital experiences is our priority. Industry standard security practices are deeply ingrained into our internal culture, software development, as well as service operations processes. Whether related to identity management, data confidentiality, or document integrity, Adobe Document Cloud employs industry-standard security practices to protect your documents, data, and personal information. For additional information about our security practices, the Adobe Secure Product Lifecycle, or Adobe Document Cloud solution security, please see www.adobe.com/security.
The free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app makes it easy to view, annotate, fill, sign, and share PDF files from anywhere on your Android, iOS, or Windows devices. You'll also get premium Adobe Document Cloud features to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Standard DC or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Learn more about the Acrobat Reader mobile app. Or, download it from Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or the Windows Phone Store.
Adobe Sign mobile app - is a free app that works as a mobile companion to Adobe Sign, which is included in Acrobat Standard DC, Acrobat Pro DC, and Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise subscription plans. Adobe Sign lets you conduct complete business transactions on the go. With it, you can send, sign, track, and manage signed documents from your iOS or Android device. It’s also the ideal tool for collecting e-signatures in person from a client or customer. Adobe Sign works independently of the Acrobat Reader mobile app. Existing subscribers of Adobe Sign can download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
Adobe Scan is a free app that creates high-quality PDFs from papers and whiteboards with automatic text recognition. Powered by artificial intelligence in Adobe Sensei, Adobe Scan automatically enhances your scans, corrects perspective errors, detects boundaries, and automates workflows to help you get more done on the go.
Yes. Adobe is committed to helping enterprise customers meet demand for mobile business productivity solutions while safeguarding enterprise security and compliance. The Acrobat Reader and Adobe Sign mobile apps both support the Android for Work EMM platform, and Adobe Acrobat Reader for Microsoft Intune is available for iOS and Android. Acrobat Reader also supports the AppConfig platform. Learn more about IT resources.
No, but the Acrobat Reader mobile app includes essential PDF tools, including the most popular Acrobat features. With Acrobat Reader on Android or iOS devices, you can create, export, fill, sign, organize and share PDFs with ease. And working on an iPad and Android tablets, you can also edit text and images in a PDF and organize pages. Learn more about the Acrobat Reader mobile app.
Acrobat DC is offered as a subscription purchase. You can buy Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat Standard DC through an annual or month-to-month subscription plan. It includes Acrobat Pro or Standard for your desktop, plus Adobe Document Cloud mobile apps and Document Cloud services.
Subscription plans make Acrobat DC more affordable than ever, while also giving you access to premium Adobe Document Cloud services.
See the Acrobat DC product comparison to review subscription and one-time purchase options. You can also view the Acrobat DC version comparison to understand how Acrobat DC differs from previous versions.
Yes, the trial version includes the latest desktop version of Acrobat Pro DC for both Mac and Windows, plus Adobe Document Cloud services that help you take advantage of advanced mobile and online features. You can convert documents into PDFs and export them as editable Microsoft Office files from your desktop, mobile device or browser. Edit text and images on an iPad or Android tablet device and fill, sign, and send forms with smart auto-fill. Plus, you can share PDFs for review, get signatures from others, and track and manage responses from your desktop, mobile device or online. Read the trial FAQ.
Yes, the trial version includes the Adobe Sign tool inside Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat Standard DC, or Acrobat Pro DC. Adobe Sign inside Acrobat allows you to get signatures from others, track responses, and archive signed documents.
Yes, Adobe provides a variety of Acrobat software purchasing options to meet customer requirements. The Acrobat 2017 family of products is available via a perpetual software (desktop only) license that is sold through volume licensing programs such as the Transactional Licensing Program, Cumulative Licensing Program, as well as through retail and e-tail stores via product key cards and digital delivery.
Acrobat DC includes three tools that can help you create and enhance fillable PDF forms.
Acrobat DC gives you multiple options for collecting form responses, depending on your goals.
Adobe Document Cloud enterprise plans also let you add form data collection and e-sign services to your business applications through turn-key integrations, APIs, and professional services.
Acrobat DC no longer offers an option to embed Flash-compatible videos in PDF files. This affects the creation of new PDFs only. Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC will continue to support viewing of PDFs that include Flash content if the file was created with prior versions. For more information, see Flash Player end-of-life.
Similar to Protected Mode in Acrobat Reader, Protected View is an implementation of “sandboxing” technology for the rich Acrobat feature set. In Acrobat DC, Adobe extends the functionality of Protected View beyond blocking write-based attacks that attempt to execute malicious code on your computer system using the PDF file format to read-based attacks that attempt to steal your sensitive data or intellectual property via PDF files.
Just like Protected Mode, Protected View confines the execution of untrusted programs (for example, any PDF file and the processes it invokes) to a restricted sandbox to avoid malicious code using the PDF format from writing to or reading from your computer’s file system. Protected View assumes all PDF files are potentially malicious and confines processing to the sandbox unless you specifically indicate that a file is trusted.
Acrobat DC integrates seamlessly with Office 365, Office 2013, and Office 2010 applications.
From Windows environments, you can:
Additional ways to work with Microsoft tools:
Yes, Acrobat DC now offers web-based tools to view, create, and modify PDFs that are seamlessly integrated into SharePoint and OneDrive. From SharePoint, you can:
You can also automate processes by hosting shared document reviews or data collection for PDF forms on Office 365 or your SharePoint server. For more information, see Using Adobe Document Cloud for SharePoint and OneDrive.
Yes, Acrobat DC works with both 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10. It also works with Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019.
Acrobat Pro DC is available through Adobe Creative Cloud, which provides access to the latest versions of Creative applications on a membership basis. Many Adobe Creative Cloud plans include Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services.
Acrobat DC is a completely reimagined solution with a stunningly simpler user experience that works consistently across desktop, mobile, and the web – including touch-enabled devices.
Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat DC:
The product features in Acrobat Pro DC in Creative Cloud are identical to the features included in Acrobat Pro DC when purchased separately on a subscription plan. Many Creative Cloud plans include Acrobat Pro DC desktop software, plus the corresponding set of Adobe Document Cloud services.
Yes. Acrobat trial software lets you take advantage of all the powerful features built into desktop software for Windows or Mac. Although Adobe Document Cloud services are not included automatically, you can try free services by downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store – and signing up for free Adobe Document Cloud.
Yes. 100GB of storage is included when you subscribe to Acrobat DC.
Both the Creative Cloud Packager and the Customization Wizard for Acrobat will output an MSI or PKG file for centralized deployment via Microsoft SCCM or Apple Remote Desktop, respectively. If your organization works with a lot of Creative Cloud products, Packager lets you download, deploy, and license Acrobat together with Creative Cloud apps. The customization Wizard can then be used for application level customization, including suppressing upsell messaging, configuring PDF printer settings, and turning off access to services. Creative Cloud for Enterprise (CCE) admins can now create self-service Acrobat DC packages with Creative Cloud serial numbers using Customization Wizard. Learn more about Customization Wizard.
Adobe actively supports Acrobat DC (perpetual license), Acrobat 2017 (perpetual license) and Acrobat DC subscription license. Per the Adobe Enterprise Support Lifecycle Policy, support for Acrobat X ended on November 15, 2015, and support for Acrobat XI ended on October 15, 2017. Learn more about Supported Product Versions.
Registered owners of the current version of Acrobat are eligible to receive person-to-person support on issues related to installation and products, with affordable per-incident support prices. Visit the Acrobat Help page for additional support information, including worldwide telephone support numbers, Knowledgebase articles, and tutorials — available free of charge. The Acrobat Help page also provides detailed information on common Acrobat issues.
By default, Acrobat DC is set to update your software automatically. If you have a perpetual (one-time) license, you will get bug fixes and security updates throughout the supported lifecycle of the product. If you have a subscription, you’ll get the same updates – plus new and enhanced features – as long as your subscription is current. For organizations that prefer to manage their updates on their own schedule, Acrobat DC also provides flexible tools for IT administrators. Learn more about IT resources.
Acrobat Pro DC and Acrobat Standard DC desktop software are available for volume deployment using either “continuous” (subscription) or “classic” (perpetual) tracks.
Typical installations, purchased via subscription, use the continuous track, which updates silently and frequently in order to stay current with new features, security and platform enhancements, and bug fixes. The continuous track is the only track that enables access to all paid Adobe Document Cloud services, including support for the Adobe Sign and Share tools. If desired, IT administrators can turn off automatic updates in order to test a new version before rolling it out to employees. Only the latest version is available for download. IT administrators can also turn off Document Cloud services so employees don’t see the options presented in their user experience.
Acrobat DC purchased as a one-time perpetual license employs the classic track using a quarterly update cadence to deliver security and platform enhancements and bug fixes only. The classic track does not provide access to new or enhanced features and enables access to free Adobe Document Cloud services only. IT administrators can turn off Document Cloud services if desired. Learn more.
Per the Adobe Enterprise Support Lifecycle Policy, support for Acrobat X ended on November 15, 2015, and support for Acrobat XI ended on October 15, 2017. End of support means that Adobe no longer provides technical support, including product and/or security updates, for all derivatives of a product or product version (localized versions, minor upgrades, operating systems, dot and double-dot releases, and connector products). Learn more about Supported Product Versions.
Acrobat DC supports the creation and validation of these workflow-specific PDF standards:
PDF/A provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing digital documents for long-term preservation. Records managers, archivists, and industry-compliance professionals can use Acrobat DC to preserve and help protect final documents of record as self-contained files.
PDF/E provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing documents used in engineering workflows. Architects, engineers, construction professionals, and manufacturing product teams can use Acrobat DC Pro to facilitate the exchange of documentation and drawings with others in the supply chain, and to streamline review and markup of documents.
PDF/X provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing final print-ready or press-ready pages. This standard provides guidelines for PDF settings that affect critical aspects of printing, such as color space and trapping. Print professionals, graphic designers, and other creative professionals can use Acrobat DC to create and deliver predictable, press-ready PDF/X-compliant files.
PDF/VT provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing files such as bank statements and business invoices used in the variable data and transactional printing industry. Professionals who work with large documents containing variable data can use Acrobat DC Pro to ensure that the files they’ve produced comply with this international standard.
Yes. Acrobat DC supports the creation and use of PDF in compliance with these additional standards and initiatives:
Acrobat DC helps address the needs of both users with disabilities and authors of accessible content. Using Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard, virtually anyone can create accessible PDF documents that others can view using Adobe Acrobat Reader. This helps users with disabilities more easily access and use PDF files and forms across multiple languages.
Using Acrobat Pro DC, Acrobat Standard DC, or Acrobat Reader DC on Windows, users and authors can:
Using Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat Reader DC on Mac, users can:
In addition, authors can use Acrobat Pro DC to make PDF files more accessible:
Learn more at the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.
Adobe is committed to accessibility and strives to address it in its products and services. U.S. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. Adobe Acrobat DC features that support accessibility for people with disabilities are summarized in the Adobe Acrobat Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT).