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Acrobat Reader DC vs. Adobe Acrobat DC

Understanding some of the differences between Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat DC.

Both are PDF (Portable Document Format) readers and more.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
It is a free cross-platform program which allows you to create PDF documents on one computer and view them on other computer with a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader. It can be downloaded from the Adobe’s website absolutely free of cost or it can also be acquired from other sources as long as they are compliant with Adobe licensing requirements. Adobe Reader is not same as the Adobe Acrobat. In fact, it’s a small component of a much larger Adobe family which has evolved through various iterations over time. Along with viewing and printing PDF files, it also allows you to do a whole lot of things with PDFs such as form completion, commenting on documents, converting PDFs to Word or Excel, signing and certifying forms, etc.

Free installs can be found on Adobe’s Official Site

Install Acrobat Reader Now – Installer link will automatically start the download.

Adobe Acrobat DC – Must have a paid license
Adobe Acrobat is an essential PDF viewing tool that can convert virtually any document to PDF format while preserving the look and content of the original. With Adobe Acrobat, you can not only have all the features of Adobe Reader but so much more including the ability to create and edit texts and images in PDF documents. It is the more advanced version of the Adobe Reader with added functionalities like the ability to scan paper documents. Adobe Acrobat comes in Standard and Pro versions along with a cloud version called Adobe Acrobat DC. The Standard version is the lighter version of the Acrobat with all the necessary features you’ll find in the Pro version with the exception of preflighting documents, creating PDF portfolios, forms authoring, creating actions, and more.


Quick Comparison of features:

Acrobat Reader DC Acrobat DC
View PDFs View PDFs
Print PDFs Print PDFs
Sign PDFs Sign PDFs
Annotate PDFs Annotate PDFs
Search PDFs Search PDFs
Create PDFs
Edit PDFs
Convert PDF files with Word
Combine PDFs
Compare forms
Protect PDFs

Acrobat DC needs a license and can be requested only by employees through the Adobe Creative Cloud Account Request.

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