Salto of Acrobat Reader

Ethan Shport on Jul 18 E-books 4 min read

The most famous free PDF viewer of all times gets a new look, feel, and present-day improvements

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Forget about the veteran number-named Acrobat Reader and meet the latest one, with “DC” chevron on its software rank, where DC is for Document Cloud. That’s a pleasant and yet essential word combo to hear when living in the connected multi-platform age.

So what? Acrobat Reader DC works with Adobe Document Cloud services to give its classic PDF viewer a modern, up-to-date functionality. Such improvement will help you get your stuff done anywhere across desktop, web, and mobile devices. 

The basics

Acrobat Reader is a free product created by the software giant Adobe, which anyone can download and use to view PDFs (portable document format files). In addition to viewing this kind of docs, Reader is also able to search files, add comments (via highlighting text or adding “sticky notes”), complete form fields, and digitally sign them. 

The last two features are available through the new Fill & Sign tool in both desktop and mobile apps, so you can manage PDF forms fast with smart autofill and leave your digital signature below. You can also store and access files in Adobe Document Cloud with 5GB of free storage.

Re-imagined interface

Adobe wants your interaction with their software to be smooth and seamless at any platform. As a result, they did some good job to adjust user interface and user experience as well. But nevertheless, you’ll be able to test it and feel it only if you decide to go beyond free Reader’s arsenal. 

The interface itself is now a bit more intuitive, clean, and touch-enabled. In its heart there’s the Tools Center, where you get quick access to all instruments, both free and paid. Adobe mentions that the updated tool experiences have been designed to work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile devices. And I must admit that it looks not bad at all. 

The one and only problem is that most of them have absolutely nothing in common with Acrobat Reader. Where “reader” is a crucial word. 

Should you go for Acrobat Standard or Acrobat Pro?

If you need not only to view but also to create, edit, or go into deep, heavy interacting with PDFs, you should take a closer look at Adobe Acrobat. 

Adobe Acrobat is a paid software product that has two versions: Acrobat Standard DC and Acrobat Pro DC. Those bad boys can do exactly everything that Reader can, but in fact, tons of extra capabilities are included. Let me highlight just a couple of impressing competences here (if you’re eager for more, let us know and we’ll think about making a full review of Adobe’s paid programs). With “premium” Acrobat you can turn scanned paper documents into instantly editable PDFs; automatically optimize PDFs to reduce file size; add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs; combine multiple PDFs in one, and many, way many more.

So, to cut the long story short, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is free, and it allows you to work with existing PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Standard/Pro DC costs money and allows you to do it all: view, create, edit, and enhance PDF docs.

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