Acrobat 2020 is the latest perpetual version of Acrobat. It's the complete desktop solution for working with PDF documents. Acrobat 2020 simplifies everyday PDF tasks and includes many productivity enhancements when working with PDFs from your desktop.
You can work with Acrobat 2020 on the desktop only or purchase an Acrobat subscription to take advantage of additional capabilities made possible by Adobe Document Cloud services.
Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat 2020:
Here are some of the new things you can do with Acrobat Pro 2020 on the desktop:
Reasons to upgrade from Acrobat 2017 Perpetual:
With a subscription to Acrobat Pro, you will get all the Acrobat Pro 2020 features plus:
Adobe Acrobat includes desktop products, free mobile apps, and free online services available through Adobe Document Cloud.
Desktop products for Windows:
Desktop products for Mac OS:
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 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.
Adobe Document Cloud services work with Acrobat desktop, web, and mobile apps to help you stay connected – and stay productive – wherever you are.
Sign up for free Adobe Document Cloud services to get these advantages:
No. Acrobat 2020 desktop software can be used by itself, without taking advantage of Adobe Document Cloud services.
The first time you open Acrobat 2020 desktop software, you’ll need an Internet connection for software activation. After that, you’ll be able to work offline with ease.
Acrobat 2020 desktop software doesn't run in the cloud – it is locally installed software running on your desktop. It can connect to free 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 and interact with PDF files from anywhere on your Android, iOS, or Windows devices. It also lets you unlock premium Document Cloud features to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Standard or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Learn more about the Acrobat Reader mobile app. Or, download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
The Adobe Acrobat Sign mobile app is a free, stand-alone app that works as a mobile companion to Acrobat Sign, which is included in Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Pro, and Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise subscription plans. Acrobat 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. Acrobat Sign works independently of the Acrobat Reader mobile app. You can download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.
Adobe Fill & Sign is a free mobile app that can be used all by itself, or with Acrobat Reader mobile app. While Reader lets you work with fillable PDF forms and draw a signature with your finger, Fill & Sign gives you an easy way to work with paper forms or PDFs that haven’t been optimized for form filling. You can download it from Google Play or the iTunes App Store. With Fill & Sign on an iPad or Android tablet device, you can:
The free Adobe Scan mobile app makes it easy to capture and work with scans from anywhere using your Android and iOS devices. Quickly scan anything — receipts, notes, documents, business cards, whiteboards — and transform your images into searchable, high-quality Adobe PDFs.
While both Acrobat Reader and Adobe scan apps use a similar scanning engine, the standalone Adobe Scan app contains additional features; for example, automatic scanning and text recognition (OCR) capabilities.
Yes. Adobe is committed to helping enterprise customers meet the demand for mobile business productivity solutions while safeguarding enterprise security and compliance. The Acrobat Reader and Acrobat 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 Acrobat Reader for mobile includes essential PDF tools, including the most popular Acrobat features. With Acrobat Reader on Android or iOS devices, you can edit, organize, create, export, sign, and send PDFs with ease. Learn more about Acrobat Reader for mobile.
Acrobat 2020 is offered as a one-time desktop purchase.
Get Acrobat Pro 2020 or Acrobat Standard 2020 for your desktop only. Special upgrade pricing is available for Acrobat perpetual software owners. Select an Adobe store to order Acrobat 2020 products or contact an Adobe Authorized Reseller. To purchase Acrobat 2020 for your organization, learn more about Acrobat volume licensing.
If you own Acrobat 2017 perpetual software, you qualify for a reduced price upgrade when purchasing a perpetual (one-time) license. A one-time purchase includes desktop software and lets you work with free Adobe Document Cloud services only.
No, there is not. However, you can download a trial version of Acrobat Pro desktop software for Windows or Mac. Acrobat trial software lets you take advantage of all the powerful features built into the desktop software for Windows or Mac. Although Document Cloud services are not included automatically, you can sign up for a free Adobe Document Cloud services account. Complete Document Cloud services are available with subscription plans only. The trial software is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Read the trial FAQ.
Yes, Adobe is committed to delivering a variety of Acrobat software purchase options to meet customer requirements. The Acrobat family of products will continue to be 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.
No changes have been made to the availability of Upgrade Plan under the Cumulative Licensing Program for Acrobat, and there are no planned changes at this time.
When you subscribe to Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard, you pay a low monthly fee to get:
When you buy an Acrobat 2020 perpetual license as a one-time purchase, you get:
Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 simplifies everyday PDF tasks and includes many productivity enhancements when working with PDFs from your desktop.
The most significant changes from Acrobat 2017 Perpetual:
With a subscription to Acrobat Pro, you will get all the Acrobat Pro 2020 features plus:
Like Protected Mode in Acrobat Reader, Protected View is an implementation of “sandboxing” technology for the rich Acrobat feature set. In Acrobat 2020, 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 2020 integrates seamlessly with Office 365, Office 2013, Office 2010, and Office 2007 applications.
From Windows environments, you can:
Additional ways to work with Microsoft tools:
Yes. From SharePoint document libraries, 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.
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.
As a perpetual (one-time) license, you will get bug fixes and security updates throughout the supported lifecycle of the product. Acrobat 2020 uses a quarterly update cadence to deliver security and platform enhancements and bug fixes only. It does not provide access to new or enhanced features, and enables access to free Adobe Document Cloud services only. IT administrators can tune out Document Cloud services if desired. Learn more.
For organizations that prefer to manage their updates on their own schedule, Acrobat also provides flexible tools for IT administrators. Learn more about IT resources.
Acrobat 2020 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 2020 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 Pro 2020 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 2020 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 Pro 2020 to ensure that the files they’ve produced comply with this international standard.
Yes. Acrobat 2020 supports the creation and use of PDF in compliance with these additional standards and initiatives:
Acrobat 2020 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 2020, Acrobat Standard 2020, or Acrobat Reader on Windows, users and authors can:
Using Acrobat Pro 2020 or Acrobat Reader on Mac, users can:
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 2020 features that support accessibility for people with disabilities are summarized in the Adobe Acrobat Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT).