Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat provides desktop, mobile and web services for PDF editing

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Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is an application and web service for creating, editing, manipulating, signing, printing, organizing and tracking PDF files. PDF—portable document format—is the de facto standard file format for distributing and sharing documents across diverse platforms. 

Before PDFs, sharing files with other platforms or software programs was much more difficult. Adobe invented the PDF in the early '90s with the goal of developing a format that enabled electronic documents to be sent to anyone—despite their platform or software—for the purposes of viewing and printing.

Later the company developed Acrobat software to allow PDF users to edit and create PDFs.

The Adobe Acrobat family consists of several elements designed to access PDFs across the desktop, mobile devices and web:

  • Acrobat Pro DC and Acrobat Standard DC for Windows and Acrobat Pro DC for OS X are desktop products available as part of a CreativeCloud subscription
  • Acrobat.com, where Acrobat Standard and additional optional subscriptions are available with access to the Adobe Document Cloud
  • Acrobat Reader, the free PDF reader available for all platforms
  • Acrobat Reader mobile app
  • Adobe Document Cloud, free cloud storage that makes your PDFs available on all your devices

Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat.com

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is available as a component of several of the Adobe Creative Cloud compilations. In addition, Acrobat Standard DC for Windows is available at Acrobat.com for a monthly or annual subscription fee.

Use Acrobat Pro DC with PDFs to:

  • Modify text formatting
  • Add, remove or replace images and text
  • Fix typos and change fonts
  • Turn scanned paper documents into editable PDFs instantly
  • Save PDFs as Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
  • Edit PDF text and images
  • Get signatures and track responses in real time using the online service
  • Request signatures from recipients
  • Save PDFs and other working documents on the Adobe Document Cloud
  • Export PDFs as editable Word, Excel or RTF files, maintaining fonts, formatting, and layouts
  • Work anywhere using the Acrobat mobile app to edit, sign, organize and comment on PDFs
  • Handle advanced prepress requirements

Adobe Reader DC

While Acrobat DC is used for creating PDF files, the Acrobat Reader DC is a free download at the Adobe website for viewing and printing PDF files. With Reader, anyone can open a PDF to view or print it. It can also be used to digitally sign PDF files and for basic file collaboration.

Acrobat Reader Mobile App

The free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Windows phones. With the mobile app, you can stay connected and:

  • View PDFs
  • Scan and sync your signature or use your finger to e-sign
  • Connect to your Dropbox account
  • Annotate PDFs using sticky notes
  • Mark up with the typewriter, underline, highlight and strikethrough tools
  • Draw onscreen with the drawing tool
  • Store and share files in the cloud

With a subscription to one of Adobe's online services, you can also:

  • Create, convert and edit PDFs
  • Open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files inside the Acrobat Reader mobile app and convert them to PDFs.
  • Delete, reorder or rotate pages
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