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Adobe Acrobat Pro Review

Adobe Acrobat Pro Review

Quick Summary

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is the industry standard PDF editing program creating by the company who invented the format. It’s designed for those who need the most comprehensive feature set, and are willing to commit to learning how the program works.

All of that power comes at a price: subscriptions cost at least $179.88 a year. (You can get Acrobat Pro for Mac on Amazon — including a cheaper student version if you prefer a one-off purchase.) But for professionals who need the most powerful editor, Acrobat DC remains the best option. If you’ve already subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC is included.

But if you prefer an easy-to-use editor, PDFpen and PDFelement are both intuitive and affordable, and I recommend them. If your needs are very simple, Apple’s Preview may do everything you need.

’ve been using computers since 1988, and Macs full time since 2009. In my quest to go paperless, I created thousands of PDFs from the stacks of paperwork that used to fill my office. I also use PDF files extensively for ebooks, user manuals and reference.

I’ve been using the free Acrobat Reader since it was released in the early 90s, and I’ve watched print shops perform magic with Adobe’s PDF editor, turning a training manual from A4 pages to an A5 booklet in seconds. I hadn’t used the app personally, so I downloaded the demonstration version and tested it thoroughly.

What did I discover? The content in the summary box above will give you a good idea of my findings and conclusions. Read on for the details about everything I liked and disliked about Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

What Is Adobe Acrobat DC?

Acrobat DC is Adobe’s PDF editor. It can be used to create, edit and share PDF documents. Adobe invented the PDF format in 1991 with a vision of turning paper documents into digital files, so you would expect their PDF software to be best-in-class.

C stands for Document Cloud, an online document storage solution Adobe introduced in 2015 to facilitate collaboration on PDF documents, sharing information, and signing official documentation.

Adobe Acrobat DC Standard vs Pro

Adobe Acrobat DC comes in two flavors: Standard and Pro. In this review we are focusing on the Pro version.

The Standard version has most of the features of Pro, except the following:

  • the latest support for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac
  • scan paper to PDF
  • compare two versions of a PDF
  • read PDFs aloud.

For many people, the Standard version will be all they need.

Is Adobe Acrobat Free?

No, it’s not free, though the well-known Adobe Acrobat Reader is. There’s a seven day full-feature trial available, so you can fully test the program before paying. Once the trial is finished, use the Buy button on the bottom left of the screen.

Like all Adobe applications, Acrobat Pro is subscription-based, so you can’t purchase the program outright. There are a number of subscriptions options available, and each includes a subscription to Document Cloud. (You can also purchase the product on Amazon without a subscription, but you don’t get access to Document Cloud.)

Acrobat DC Pro

  • $14.99 a month with a one-year commitment
  • $24.99 a month with no commitment
  • One-off purchase on Amazon for Mac and Windows (without Document Cloud)

Acrobat DC Standard

  • $12.99 a month with a one-year commitment
  • $22.99 a month with no commitment
  • One-off purchase on Amazon for Windows (without Document Cloud) – currently unavailable for Mac

If you’ll be using the app on an ongoing basis, you’ll save a substantial amount of cash by making that one-year commitment. If you’re already subscribing to the complete Adobe package, then you already have access to Acrobat DC.

Is Adobe Acrobat Safe?

Yes, it is safe to use. I ran and installed Acrobat on my macOS Sierra based MacBook Air. A scan using Bitdefender found no viruses or malicious code.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: What’s in it For You?

Since Adobe Acrobat is all about creating, modifying and sharing PDF documents, I’m going to list all its features by putting them into the following five sections. The screenshots below are from the Mac version of Acrobat, but the Windows version should look similar. In each subsection, I’ll first explore what the app offers and then share my personal take.

1. Create PDF Documents

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC offers various ways to create a PDF. On clicking the Create PDF icon, you’re given a bunch of options, including Blank Page, where you create the file manually within Acrobat.