The tool suite of choice to create, edit, and manage the industry standard of professional document formats: PDFs.
Acrobat covers the gamut for what you can do with the PDF
No other application can unlock the full potential of the PDF
Adobe lets you try Acrobat Pro DC for free with a 7 day trial. After navigating to the download site, you need to create or sign into an Adobe Cloud account. You're confronted then with the decision of how you want to pay for Acrobat once your free trial ends - so have a credit card or paypal ready. Unfortunately, Acrobat isn't freeware, and you'll need to stay vigilant after those 7 days are up before Adobe starts charging you a fee.
All those Adobe apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and of course Acrobat, run on the Adobe Creative Cloud platform. The download for the Creative Cloud platform begins immediately after selecting a payment method and install happens quickly. What takes a little more time is the actual program to install. There's a typical back and forth of confirming your account with email or mobile inbetween, but once your Acrobat has been installed, simply click on it within the Creative Cloud and you can get started.
Different tool categories
· Create & Edit: Here you can make a PDF from many supported formats - Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, pictures, HTML, and more. You can also combine different files and file types to a PDF as well as edit individual pages on a PDF. Since you can export to PDF from most applications, it's the Editing power here that stands out the most. Adding text, images, watermarks, changing fonts; it's very intuitive to use.One drawback encountered during the free trial was Microsoft Office file types not being selectable on the Create PDF options list. This is concerning, considering Office files are some of the most common files to convert.
· Share & Review: Businesses with multiple people collaborating on PDFs will love these features. One of its best is users can share out a PDF to anyone else with permissions of view, review, or fill & sign, as long as that user can see the hyperlink. Uploading is simple and users receive an email. It's all done from the browser, so they don't even need Acrobat. Wonderful. They also provide a Commenting feature similar to Word docs where users can add sticky notes. Comparison is another powerful tool here. You can see all the changes between two different versions of the same document to make sure you don't miss anything. This is especially helpful for things like changes to a contract.
· Forms & Signature: Standard stuff here. These tools cover the ability to sign and certify documents. You can add two signatures to your signature 'bank', which then you can simply drag and drop to the appropriate place in the document. One extra measure of authenticity comes in Certified signatures - these are an encrypted mark unique to the signer, so the recipient can be sure of the signature.
· Protect & Standardize: These features helped PDF receive its massive adoption over time. You can restrict editing of certain portions of the document, encrypt it with a certificate or password, and mark lines and pages for redaction. Anyone in a legal setting would use these features the most and the UI makes it simple to understand and execute.
· Customize: These tools exist mostly for the power users. The Action Wizard lets you automate standard procedures and you can even create your own set of custom toolbars.
Where can you run this program?
For desktops, you can run Acrobat Pro on Windows and macOS. It has partial support on Android and iOS in the forms of Reader, Scan, and Fill & Sign features.
Is there a better alternative?
If the price tag for Acrobat Pro isn't feasible, you can try third party apps like NitroPro 12, Foxit Phantom PDF, and PDF Architect. They all generally accomplish the features of Acrobat Pro but don't match the polish. They certainly don't match the support from Adobe, since Acrobat Pro is the licensed application to unlock the full potential of the PDF format developed by Adobe.
Adobe Reader remains a strong free choice and can be supplemented by freeware.
Acrobat Pro is a niche product aimed at maximizing the PDF format. Being the official Adobe product for the PDF (which Adobe invented) means it stands at the top of the heap for functionality and features. It's easy to use, has a polished presentation, and makes possible manipulating all elements of a PDF. The only surface improvement is the UI ought to have a navigational 'back' button.
Should you download this?
The free trial comes at no cost but includes a pesky pay wall that you'll need to cancel before being charged. Whether you want to keep using the full version comes down to a) an actual need for it and b) who's paying for it. Most Acrobat Pro licenses are paid for by businesses that require the complete package of PDF power. Individual users might be satisfied with Reader and freeware options to supplement.