v12.0 Adobe Acrobat DC Pro


Adobe Acrobat DC Pro
Adobe Acrobat DC Pro

The next version of Acrobat is here.

Get the world’s leading PDF solution for creating, editing and managing documents on your desktop. Or subscribe to get desktop software, mobile apps and Document Cloud services.


What’s new with Acrobat DC?

The all-new Acrobat DC is touch-enabled and includes all the tools you need to work with PDF documents. Acrobat is available for purchase as a desktop only application or as a subscription, which adds Document Cloud services, including e-signatures and the Acrobat mobile app.

acrobat mobileYour office is as mobile as you are.

Acrobat DC with Document Cloud services is packed with all the tools you need to convert, edit and sign PDFs. It’s just as mobile as you are. So you can start a document at work, tweak it on the train and send it for approval from your living room — seamlessly, simply, without missing a beat.

Acrobat DC works like magic.

Edit any file, even a paper one. Just snap a photo with your phone, and then open it on your desktop. Before your eyes, Acrobat will magically transform it into a PDF you can edit on your tablet — complete with custom fonts that match the type in your original file.

acrobat signatureE-signatures. Everywhere.

Acrobat DC brings e-signing to more than one billion devices around the world. Now anyone can legally sign documents with a finger on a touch-enabled device — or with a few quick clicks in a browser. More than just a signing app, Acrobat DC makes it easy to send, track and store signed documents, too.

A beautiful, touch-enabled UI.

Touch-enabled and totally mobile, with a brilliant new UI that keeps all the tools you need at your fingertips — Acrobat DC is so amazing, you’re going to wonder how you ever managed to get work done without it.

Keep the best PDF tools and files at your fingertips.

Combine the power of Acrobat with Adobe Document Cloud services. Access the tools you need from your desktop, browser, or mobile device. And finish your work in record time, every time.

Convert, combine, and export your PDFs.
Now, it’s easier than ever to access essential PDF tools from your desktop, browser, or mobile device.

Do more with your mobile device.
The free Acrobat DC mobile app lets you work with PDFs on the go. And with your Acrobat subscription, you have access to additional PDF tools to do even more.

Fill and sign forms.
Turn any document — paper or digital — into a PDF form. Then you can fill, sign, and send it from your desktop, browser, or tablet.

Edit on your iPad.
Fix a typo on the go before you share a file with others. Edit text and reorder, delete, and rotate pages.

Access recent files from any device – Quickly access any file you recently opened on any of your computers or mobile devices.
Store and share large files online – Easily access and share files stored in the cloud from your computer or mobile device.
Send and track files online – Make sure your files reach their destination. Never bother with overnight delivery again.

Convert Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to PDF.

Create professional-looking PDFs from inside your Microsoft Office applications, and in other applications, too.

Go from camera to PDF. – Snap a photo of a paper document with your mobile device and share it with others as a PDF file.
Scan to PDF. – Turn your paper documents into searchable or editable PDFs, or copy and paste the text in them.
Print to PDF. – Convert files to PDF from any application that prints by selecting Adobe PDF as your printer.
Convert HTML pages to PDF. – Save web pages as PDFs to archive content, review pages offline, or print them more reliably.
Merge files into one PDF. – Combine documents, spreadsheets, emails, and more into a single, organized PDF file.
Apply PDF passwords and permissions. – Add copy and edit protections to any PDF. Or include a password to protect your PDF from unauthorized access.

Edit PDF files.

Make changes to text and images right in your PDF file. No need to track down the original document.

Instantly edit any paper document.
Turn your paper document into a PDF you can edit right away with fonts that look just like your original.

Convert PDFs to Office formats.
Turn your PDF into a native Microsoft Office document, saving fonts, formatting, and so much time.

Edit data in scanned tables.
Need to work with data but have only a paper printout? Scan it to PDF and then convert to Excel for editing and analysis.

Edit on the go – Last-minute changes are no longer an issue. Use your iPad to make a quick edit.
Remove and redact information – Don’t just black out confidential data. Find and get rid of it for good, even in metadata.
Add rich media – It’s easy to add audio files, video files, and interactive objects to your PDFs.

Send and get documents signed in a flash.

With Acrobat and Adobe Document Cloud, anyone can sign and return a document in seconds — from anywhere, on any device. And you can complete transactions in record time.

Get legal e-signatures.
Send documents that recipients can sign from anywhere using a browser or mobile device.

Fill and sign any form — fast.
Type on your form or drag and drop text from your personal autofill collection — on a computer, browser, or tablet.

Convert existing forms to fillable PDFs.
Turn existing paper, Word, or PDF forms into digital forms that are easy to fill in or sign.

Send and track files online.
Make sure your files reach their destination. Never bother with overnight delivery again.

Collect form responses with fillable PDFs – Invite people to return PDF forms via email. Automatically collect all responses in one file.
Collect comments from others – Gather all reviewers’ comments in a single PDF. Export to Word for faster updates.
Get the stamp of approval – Use business stamps such as “approved” or “draft” to clearly mark your PDFs.
Compare two file versions – Use Acrobat to help you spot the differences between two versions of the same PDF file.

Comparison Chart

Acrobat DC  Standard Acrobat DC   Pro
Interact with PDFs
View and interact with all types of PDF content
NEW Send and track documents online Subscription only Subscription only
NEW Have a consistent user experience across all your devices Subscription only Subscription only
NEW Browse the Tool Center or use the search box to find tools quickly
NEW Instantly find the right tools through a task-based onscreen experience
NEW Work on touch-enabled devices
Get instant access to recently viewed files with Mobile Link
NEW Save on ink or toner when printing from your Windows PC
Create PDFs
Create PDFs on the go in a browser or on a mobile device Subscription only Subscription only
In a browser, merge multiple documents in one PDF Subscription only Subscription only
Drag and drop to preview and arrange documents and pages before combining in one PDF
Work in Microsoft Word to create protected PDF files that restrict copying and editing
NEW Create high-quality PDFs in Microsoft Word for Mac
Edit PDFs
Export PDFs to Microsoft Office formats in a browser or on a mobile device Subscription only Subscription only
NEW Turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs with fonts that match the original text
NEW Add or edit text or – rearrange pages – in a PDF on your iPad Subscription only
Edit PDFs intuitively, clicking and dragging to reflow paragraphs
NEW Reflow text across a page without having to adjust individual paragraphs
NEW Add new lines to existing bulleted or numbered lists without reformatting
NEW Run spell-check on your entire document and correct typos
Find and replace text in a single step
Copy and paste selected parts of a PDF file with formatting intact
NEW Export PDFs with improved bullet and table formatting
NEW Preview and correct suspected text recognition errors with a side-by-side view
NEW Clean up document photos to remove backgrounds and adjust perspective
Sign and collect
NEW Fill, sign, and send forms from your computer or mobile device
NEW Fill forms faster with reusable text from your personal autofill collection
NEW Collect e-signatures from others and track responses in real time Subscription only Subscription only
Create and validate PDFs based on WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA accessibility standards
NEW Read PDFs aloud with VoiceOver support on Mac OS X computers
NEW Read text easier in high-contrast mode on your PC with dynamic background adjustment

PDF to Word

Save PDF files as Word documents with improved preservation of formatting and layouts. Relative positioning of tables, images, and even multicolumn text is preserved, as well as page, paragraph, and font attributes.

PDF Portfolios

Combine a wide range of file types into a polished, organized PDF Portfolio. Apply professionally designed layouts, visual themes, and color palettes. Easily add corporate logos and colors to reflect your branding.

Rich media

Quickly bring ideas to life through rich, interactive documents. Insert audio, Flash Player compatible video, and interactive media into PDF files, for seamless playback in Adobe Reader X or Reader 9.

Action Wizard

Automate routine, multistep tasks into a guided Action. Create, manage, execute, and share a sequence of frequently used steps that can be applied to a single PDF or batches of files.

Version comparison

Eliminate confusion and improve version control. Easily identify differences between two versions of a PDF file by having Acrobat analyze both files and highlight changes to text and images.

Extending Reader functionality

Enable Adobe Reader X or Reader 9 users to participate in shared reviews, fill and save forms, and digitally sign and approve PDF documents — regardless of platform or operating system.

Streamlined document reviews

Provide team members with a complete set of comment and markup tools, so all can participate in shared document reviews using Adobe Reader X or Reader 9 software. See and build on each other’s comments. Track progress and participation.

Interactive PDF forms

Easily convert existing forms to fillable PDF forms with intelligent form field recognition, or design them yourself using included templates. Collect data quickly and export to spreadsheets for analysis. Track and manage responses.

Permanent information removal

Use redaction tools to permanently delete sensitive information, including specific text and illustrations. Easily sanitize documents with one click, finding and deleting hidden information such as metadata, annotations, attachments, form fields, layers, and bookmarks.

Standards support

Create documents that conform to PDF/A, PDF/E, and PDF/X ISO standards, and fix those that do not. Check and adjust documents to ensure that they are accessible to people with disabilities.

Online file sharing

Use Adobe SendNow online services from within Acrobat to send, share, and track large files without the headaches of email size restrictions, FTP sites, and costly overnight services.

What’s New:

Edit text and images

Make minor changes in PDFs as easily as you do in other applications using a new point-and-click interface.

Convert PDF files to PowerPoint

Get a head start on new projects by saving a PDF file as a fully editable PowerPoint presentation.

Create new PDF and web forms

Customize professional templates or design from scratch with the Adobe FormsCentral desktop app included in Acrobat XI Pro.

Standardize routine PDF tasks

Make it easy to create PDFs consistently. Guide people through the correct series of steps with Actions.

Edit images in a PDF

Resize, replace, and adjust images in your PDF with no need to track down the original file or graphic.

Collect form responses with FormsCentral

Easily collect responses by moving your PDF or web forms online with the Adobe FormsCentral online service.*

Approve with electronic signatures

Keep projects moving. E-sign your approval right on the PDF. No need to print, fax, or mail the document.

Get others to sign documents

Get the green light faster. Send PDFs to others for signature approval, and track them online using the Adobe EchoSign® service.

Apply PDF passwords and permissions

Get expert protection without being an expert. Add copy and edit protection to any PDF — even right from Microsoft Office applications in Windows®.

Merge multiple files into one PDF

Make sure they don’t miss a thing. Combine documents, spreadsheets, emails, and more in an organized PDF.

These system requirements are for Adobe Acrobat Pro DC software (October 2018 release). Because system requirements change with each software update, refer to the Release Notes for your software version for the latest information on supported operating systems and browsers.


  • SP11.5GHz or faster processor
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit), 2012 (64 bit), 2012 R2 (64 bit)†, or 2016 (64 bit); Windows 7 SP1 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8, 8.1 (32 bit and 64 bit)†, or Windows 10 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution
  • Internet Explorer 11; Firefox (ESR); or Chrome
  • Video hardware acceleration (optional)

 With Windows update 2919355 installed.

Mac OS

  • Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.11, macOS v10.12, macOS v10.13, or macOS v10.14*
  • Safari 9.0, 10.0, or 11.0 (browser plug-in for Safari supported on 64-bit Intel processor only)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2.75GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution

* 10.14 Support – refer to the Known Issues document for details.

Mobile apps**

Working with these mobile apps is optional.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
  • Adobe Scan: iOS, Android
  • Adobe Fill & Sign: iOS, Android
  • Adobe Sign: iOS, Android


These requirements apply to the Acrobat Pro DC subscription plan and are in addition to the requirements listed above.

  • Microsoft Windows 10 using Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, or Chrome
  • Microsoft Windows 8 using Internet Explorer 10 or later, Firefox, or Chrome
  • Microsoft Windows 7 using Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, or Chrome
  • Microsoft Windows Vista using Internet Explorer 8 or 9, Firefox, or Chrome
  • Mac OS X v10.11 or later using Safari 9 or later, Firefox, or Chrome

* *  The Send for Signature tool – which is included with Acrobat Pro DC subscription plans – relies on cloud services provided by Adobe Sign and has unique browser requirements. View requirements.

October 2018 release of Acrobat DC

In the latest release, Acrobat DC is reimagined with a simple and consistent user experience across desktop, web, and mobile-including touch-enabled devices.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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