What's new in 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 and mobile apps, or sign in to Acrobat Web to experience the new features and improvements.

Acrobat DC desktop app

March 2022 release

With the March 2022 release of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, the software version will be updated from 21.xx to 22.xx. This change applies only to the Continuous (DC) track of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader. For more information, see Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader upcoming version changes.

Adobe Sign is now rebranded as Acrobat Sign. Also, the Adobe Sign tool in the right pane is renamed to Request Signatures for easier identification and alignment with the tool's actual purpose.

Acrobat Sign rebranding
Adobe Sign rebranded as Acrobat Sign

Adobe Sign renamed to Request Signatures tool
Adobe Sign renamed to Request Signatures in the right-pane tools

When you open a PDF form, Acrobat detects any unsigned form fields and displays a contextual prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool.

Notă:

Adobe is testing this new experience in Acrobat, and it may not be available to all users. Also, the tooltip appears only three times for a user session varying between 24 hours to 72 hours.

If you launch the Fill & Sign tool to fill a PDF form, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields and displays a tooltip to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signature prompt

When you complete filling out the PDF form and save it, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields in the form and prompts you to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signature prompt when you save the form

If you fill a form using the Fill & Sign tool and exit the tool after saving the changes, Acrobat detects the blank signature fields and displays a prompt at the top to use the Request Signatures tool.

Request Signatures blue message bar

When you try to print a PDF form in Acrobat using the print icon, Acrobat detects any unsigned fields in the form and displays a prompt to Request signatures instead of printing or to Sign online instead of printing.

Variant 1
Prompt to Request Signature instead of printing
Prompt to Request Signature instead of printing

Variant 2
Prompt to sign online instead of printing
Prompt to sign online instead of printing

When you open a PDF form, Acrobat detects the form fields and displays one of the following prompts to use the Fill & Sign tool or Request Signatures tool:

Variant 1
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool

Variant 2
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool

Variant 3
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool
Prompt to use the Fill & Sign tool or the Request Signatures tool

The auto-adjust layout feature is extended to PDFs containing a header, footer, along with para, list, and image constructs that were earlier supported. Now the changes to the header or footer of a PDF file works in the following ways:

  • If you click inside the header or footer text box, the rest of the PDF document is greyed out.
  • Editing is allowed in header or footer text boxes. However, editing a header or footer on one page does not reflect the change on subsequent pages.
  • The header or footer from the previous page gets copied when you insert a new page to the PDF.
  • You can move text boxes from the header or footer area to the main content area and vice-versa.

Acrobat PDF Maker now supports HCL Notes 11 (formerly Lotus Notes).

PDFMaker for HCL Notes 11

You can now sort all your shared PDF files based on the Last Activity on the file.

Sort shared PDFs by Last Activity

If you haven't set the default image in your Adobe account and participated in file collaboration workflows, Acrobat now sets one of the following default avatars to your account:

Default avatar for collaborators

Acrobat now shows the last visited page whenever you open a shared file. It is helpful in cases where you are reviewing a large PDF file and do not remember what page you were reviewing in your last session.

The Done or Close button for a review file, indicating that you have finished reviewing the file, is now removed for the review initiator. Similarly, once the reviewers finish reviewing the shared PDF, Acrobat does not remind them to provide feedback on the shared file.

Apple has dropped pre-installation of the Python framework with the latest macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta release. The change results in Acrobat and Reader installation failure on macOS. Acrobat and Acrobat Reader installers are updated to fix the issue. The installers are now compatible with macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta.

  • Improved user experience with VoiceOver and document navigation and scrolling: Now, your document keeps scrolling instead of getting stuck after VoiceOver reads out till the end of the visible page.
  • Some visually decorative items like borders and shadings of text boxes, paragraphs underlined hyperlinks, and images marked as decorative in Microsoft Word are now tagged as Artifacts instead of being listed in the document's tag tree. This helps the screen readers to read out the relevant information.

When you click All Files in Acrobat Home to view your files or scroll a huge file list, Acrobat used to take considerable time retrieving the meta-data and other information to display the PDFs. Now, the overall experience is optimized and improved by implementing scroll-based pagination.

When you open a PDF from an email attachment and save a read-only copy, the Save As dialog box now allows you to choose the location to save the file.

Save As dialog

Similarly, when you open a PDF from your desktop, your Document Cloud account, or any other storage connectors like Google Drive or OneDrive, Acrobat silently saves the changes in the original file before closing it.

Acrobat Reader mobile app

December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022 updates

iPhone and iPad

Acrobat Reader app now supports iOS 14.0, and above. The older version of iOS 13.0 or earlier is now no longer supported.

Acrobat ios app now supports Speak Selection, an accessibility feature of iOS, for both classic PDF view and Liquid Mode view. With Speak Selection enabled, you can select text and have the app read it out loud to you. Learn how to Use Speak Selection.

You can now use Acrobat’s new Request signatures tool to get documents signed by others.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your iPhone and iPad.

Android

Acrobat Reader app now supports Android OS version 12.

The update includes performance and stability enhancements. A critical bug causing the force user logout or app crash on relaunch when a user account is removed from device settings is now fixed.

Get the latest Acrobat Reader on your Android device.

Acrobat online services

December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022 updates

You can now easily store and access files from your OneDrive storage account when you’re working in Acrobat online. You can perform various tasks on the files and save the modified files back to your OneDrive account:  

  • Browse and view PDF and non-PDF files in the Acrobat online viewer.
  • Rename, delete, download, and move files within OneDrive.
  • Use Acrobat online tools on the files to perform actions.

For more information, see Access your OneDrive files from Acrobat online.

When you edit a PDF, you now have the option to add an image or replace an existing image from the PDF file.

Add image
Add image

Replace image
Replace image

You can now fill out PDF forms in Acrobat online. Currently, it supports basic form-filling functionality.

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