Adobe Acrobat DC is the new suite of PDF-based tools that brings together Adobe’s free PDF reader and its renowned PDF creator and editor. The entire family of tools have been revamped and updated to allow you to work online thanks to its new Cloud-based services. The editing functionality is still there and has been largely improved and enlarged, and the interface has been thoroughly redesigned to offer an even cleaner and more modern look to match the spirit of the new Acrobat DC series.
All the editing and PDF creation functions that we all knew and loved are still there. They have just been arranged differently – they are all in new Tools section, a comprehensive tool manager from where you can access any of the features present in Acrobat Pro DC. From here you can create, edit, export, protect, combine, rotate, or comment PDF documents in a very similar way as you have been doing it for years. But now, you can also “fill & sign” your PDF forms, “send & track” your files worldwide, send a PDF file for electronic signature, and – what is more – you can do all this from your desk or from your favorite portable device. That is what DC stands for – Document Cloud, an integral Cloud-based service that will let you work with your PDF files wherever you are and at any time. And thus, new functionality has also been added – compatibility with touch-enabled devices, creation and merging of PDF documents in a browser-based service, improved and enhanced scanned documents to make them look freshly-made PDF files, reflowable text within a page, improved exporting features for tables, spell-checking and typo correction, etc. Editing is now easier and produces better results – better font matching, a more efficient conversion to and from Microsoft Office formats, improved annotation features, the possibility of adding rich media (audio, video, and interactive objects) to your PDFs, and many more. For those interested, accessibility features are still there also, and they have been somehow improved by including high-contrast viewing modes for those with low vision.
All this new functionality and the totally new interface are not the only big changes that differentiate the X and XI versions from this new DC era. The business model has also changed – Acrobat Reader is still a free PDF viewer, while the Standard and the Pro editions of the new Acrobat DC editor are now available also via subscription. Actually, some of the services and functions are only available through this new purchasing model – which actually follows the approach recently adopted by other desktop tools, such as Office 365. Thus, all the “work-on-the-go” functionality, the e-signature of documents, and the remaining Cloud services are available exclusively via subscription. Certainly, a new era has begun for the Adobe Acrobat DC suite of tools, a new era that puts the emphasis in mobility and flexibility without compromising its top-notch functionality.