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Cloud-based PDF reader for viewing and editing PDF documents

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Adobe Acrobat Reader Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.4

/5

10.3K

Total features

22

2 categories

Adobe Acrobat Reader features

Annotations
Collaboration Tools
Commenting/Notes
Communication Management
Convert to PDF
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Data Import/Export

Common features of PDF software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Alerts/Notifications
Annotations
Batch Processing
Collaboration Tools
Commenting/Notes
Communication Management

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1.95

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Functionality

4.4

/5

10.3K

Price starts from

1.95

Per month

Total Features

22

Unique features

  • Forms Management

Functionality

4.7

/5

1.4K

Price starts from

5

Per year

Total Features

60

Features in Common

17

Unique features

  • Multi-Party Signing

  • Contact Management

  • Audit Trail

  • Authentication

Functionality

4.6

/5

965

Price starts from

240

/user

Per year

Total Features

53

Features in Common

11

Unique features

  • Proposal Generation

  • Document Capture

  • Built-In Database

  • Cost Database

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Nicholas L.

Law Practice, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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They Invented The Portable Document Format, their software is still the best

Reviewed 4 years ago

I love Adobe, I trust Adobe with my most important work on a daily basis. They provide limitless tutorials and have a rich community forum of users, and though the creative cloud review is for another day, Adobe has gathered together a very unique and interesting mix of users over the expanse of their products, and its fun to try some of the non-document products as well, an opportunity available to most if not all Acrobat subscribers.

Pros

I use Acrobat Pro DC, and the functionality (i.e. what you can do with the software) far surpasses any competitor's product. The ease with which you can rearrange pages in a document, convert to word, rich text, excel, and other formats , sign and obtain signatures, apply security features like password protection, digital signatures, encryption and the like are robust feature-sets. If you use this...

Cons

I have to have a lot of windows open with Adobe so I can view numerous documents side-by-side across two 27" monitors. Adobe uses a lot of computing resources and can slow down significantly. Given I have 32 GB of RAM, a 6 core 3.85 gigahertz processor and 4gb of dedicated VRAM I think the slowing down is a lack of efficiency in the code.

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Janosch F.

Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Best solution for some scenarios, rather cumbersome for others

Reviewed 5 years ago

Being in a tight spot whenever you want to do specialized or edge case PDF work, this is the solution. The chances are very high, you will find a solution for pdf based complex business matters within this Piece of PDF Software. I keep it at hand at all ties, although only on desktop machines. More lightweight readers are better for reading, this is more like a specialized business tool...and a very effective one at that.

Pros

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a perfect tools for complex tasks regarding PDFs. Be it the delivery of encapsulated, encrypted sensible data or the plot of large scale images on regular office paper it excells. This is kind of a typical aspect of Adobe products: It is a perfect, cutting edge tool for professional and specific case work. Really thee is no better. Want to Plot a A0 floorplan on multiple sheets of A4 Paper - this is the tool. Want to send over acquisition financial data that is highly sensitive. Go with this product.

Cons

Like many Adobe Products, this one suffers from the same issue: Perfect tool for specialized tasks rather disappointing regarding simple easy things. The Reader is massive in scales of memory usage and harddisk space ... especially on limited, lightweight devices and if you just want to read PDFs its overkill. Also, Annotations work better with other products, as better means more hasselfree and comfortable.

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MICHAEL T.

Design, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Acrobat Reader review

Reviewed a month ago

Great, use it daily and have minimal issues but use other programs for markups

Pros

Quick access to text via search, some markup functions that are easy.

Cons

When text could not be recognized, markup functions that should be simple were not at all.

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Natasha W.

Professional Training & Coaching, self-employed

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe--The Best PDF Reader

Reviewed a month ago

When I'm not using my Mac's preview, I enjoy using Adobe Acrobat Reader to read, edit, annotate, and comment on pdfs. It's great for businesses and students, alike.

Pros

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows for a seamless integration with Adobe Sign and other pdf document signing apps. It's user friendly and mobile friendly. It also helps with all things pdfs (copying, saving, reading, editing, annotating, and commenting).

Cons

To use a lot of the functions, you need to have the paid version. Also, when you are able to make a copy or save a document, the name of the document is quite long with a combination of letters and numbers, so you do have to rename a document to simplify it.

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Dan B.

Medical Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A very user friendly pdf viewer and editor

Reviewed 5 years ago

I love the ease of use for highlighting sections of text - there is no need to be precise, it will automatically select the text. The sticky note function is very clear and easy to read for adding notes.

Pros

I love how easy it is to use for marking up a pdf file, and the fact that pdf files are very common and used everywhere - especially government sites like tax files or application forms.

Cons

The software loads kind of slow most of the time at startup. I have a decent laptop, and other comparable software loads a bit quicker.

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Chandler I.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Daily Tool for Just About Everything

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, I am SO GRATEFUL for this software. I truly could not do my job as efficiently without it. It makes day-to-day tasks so much easier and is a "one-stop-shop" for document editing and management. Easy to use, well-priced, and multifunctional....it's a no-brainer to use it.

Pros

This software is a tool for several aspects of my job. I use it to edit and redline house plans, send documents out for signatures, create job books, create marketing materials, and more. I use the edit & comment tools most frequently. I'm able to completely measure and mark up plans with specific notes and diagrams, and every plans goes through Adobe before we send the construction drawings to the field. With Job books, I'm able to organize all of the pages and rearrange them as needed. It is easy to combine documents and send for client signatures...I honestly couldn't do my job without this software.

Cons

Sometimes the software has trouble identifying scanned images and won't recognize the text...it will change the text to some gibberish and I have to completely close the window to make sure I don't permanently mess up the plan set. One other area I think could be confused is the ability to click and drag photos to the documents if the "add image" tool is open. Right now if you do that, it opens the image as a new PDF.

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Feyisayo E.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good software to maneuver any pdf file

Reviewed 4 years ago

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC save my business time need to convert docs across formats and put an extra layer of security on the documents. It is somewhat cheap to afford too.

Pros

I like Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for many reasons but the reasons below are my best 1. Easy of export to other formats. I think the export is more of conversion to other formats 2. I like the fact that I am able to use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to view my PDF docs even when the license has expired. 3. Before Adobe Acrobat Reader DC was introduced editing PDF file was very difficult for me. I like the fact that I am able to maneuver the PDF files. I can Edit text and image, Merge and delete pages, rearrange and even put a signature on documents. 4. I also like the security feature that comes with it because it restrict access to my pdf when I dont want people to access it.

Cons

1. I dont like the recent integration of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC with Adobe creative cloud it makes setting up and purchase of the software difficult. 2. The customer support is not superb too.

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Media Production, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Adobe Reader - A good PDF reader

Reviewed 3 years ago

Adobe Reader currently does not meet my needs anymore, as it only provides simple tools. A long time ago I used the software only for viewing documents, but over time and the need to manipulate PDF documents forced me to abandon Adobe Reader, and use another PDF reader. Its lack of more useful tools made the software suitable for basic users.

Pros

Adobe Reader DC is a reasonable software for manipulating PDF files, with few tools available in the free version. In order to have access to more premium tools, it is necessary to subscribe to the paid versions, so we can access the conversion tools for other formats such as Word, Excel and Jpeg, gather documents, edit texts, protect and sign documents. The program is lightweight and runs smoothly on more modest machines such as dual core processors with 2GB of RAM. In general, the software is only usable for more domestic users in its simple version, and it is not possible to run more professional tools. The observed positive points are: - Lightness, as it can run on machines with few hardware resources; - Simplicity of use for home users, who only need to view documents.

Cons

The absence of better tools becomes a major negative point. In many cases, where we want to make a simple note is not possible, just using the highlighter is not enough, joining files is also not possible, so the software for me has become obsolete. The big negative point is: - Absence of more complete tools, not suitable for more advanced users;

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Health, Wellness and Fitness, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Name one office who does not use Adobe, I can't!

Reviewed 2 years ago

I have been using Adobe since I have been in high school. I am a firm supporter of this software for many reasons. Compared to other software's such as Foxit, Adobe is very easy to manage and create materials. I feel like it protects your content and you are able to share documents in a safe manor. I have not worked for one office that did not use Adobe and/or receive a document that was a Adobe PDF. 10/10 would highly recommend for both work and personal use.

Pros

The feature that is most impactful would have to be the fact that nobody can edit my document when I send the final draft out. With Microsoft Word, anyone could change my document without me even knowing. When using Adobe, if I need any corrections, that person can add a note to what they want to add/correct but they can not alter my document. & it is very visible where they put the notes. I also really like the formatting features Adobe has to offer.

Cons

I didn't like how you had to upgrade to be able to edit a PDF. I feel like that is a general feature that should be included for free. I know that counteracts what I mentioned in my pros but I am not talking about documents I send out. I'm talking about forms that I need patients to complete. If they don't have the upgraded version they are unable to add their information because it looks like they are "editing" the document instead of completing the form.

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Lauren H.

Entertainment, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Juggling The Act

Reviewed 4 years ago

I believe this application has a lot to offer and has the potential to reach even further. I appreciate its flexibility as a design software and as a business product.

Pros

The one thing I love most about Acrobat Reader DC is its velocity and functionality in editing PDF layouts. Most designers don't realize the importance of having the tools necessary to alter the appearance and elements within the Photo Document. ARDC gives us the opportunity to see the layout as it is and provides the user with the chance to take it even further in design elements, measurements, and color structure.

Cons

I do wish that the snapping to grid and movement of the PDF elements would be more smooth in terms of placing them in new parts of the document.

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Waleed A.

Hospital & Health Care, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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the neatest, most stable and fastest reader but

Reviewed 6 years ago

the most neat and clean PDF reader that need some more features

Pros

adobe acrobat reader, just like acrobat itself, is perhaps the most reliable PDF reader. A plethora of readers are available these days and each has it’s own advantagees and disadvantages as i am huge reader and always try alternatives, but with my vast experince, i tel one thing for sure, if you want to choose a reader that works smooth, fast and almost never crashes, and if you don’t want want to...

Cons

the features of this reader are too few compared to some other readers for example foxit PDF. for example, on the iOS version of Adobe reader, it lacks : X text-reflow X crop-mode X text-to-speech etc it also displays files in an odd way if the document has non-standard width-to-length ratio. it does not correct this to fill up the screen so the document looks weird. on PC version, zoom feature will make up for this though. finally, lack of third paty cloud support is sad. for the paid version ,you have to pay more compared to the most famous rival ie foxit phantomPDF

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samuel t.

Graphic Design, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Free, Easy to Use and it Gets the Job Done

Reviewed 5 years ago

Acrobat Reader has been my only PDF reader since I started using PC. Even when I changed to another option, I always find myself not satisfied. Acrobat Reader is exactly what you need if you need a software that can edit a PDF file, convert your PDF file to another format, create PDF from images and other features that you will find amazing. The interface is easy to understand, no complicated functions that will take you time to learn. The paid version give access to some complex functions but if you don’t need them, you don’t have to paid for the service, the free version works just great.

Pros

Acrobat Reader makes interaction with PDF files an easy thing. No technical experience needed, doesn’t matter if you are familiar with any adobe software, Acrobat Reader is very easy to use. Acrobat Reader is most popular for the ability to Edit PDF files, a remarkable experience if you ask, this feature have been very useful for my business, as a graphic designer that work on cover design, I have...

Cons

My first complaint about Acrobat Reader will be the big gap between the Free version and the Paid version. The free version only handle basic functions while the Paid version however offers complex functions which are thing you might need on a daily basis. Also the software is a little slow when dealing with big files. I noticed that opening of cover designs are mostly slow, the software reads the file’s layers one after the other, which will take few seconds to complete depending on the file’s size.

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Alicia G.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Create Professional Documents With Ease

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, Creating PDF's, printing and saving documents as PDF's and having my customers use the forms I've created, has been a great experience. Adobe has really stepped up their game since I first started using this software years ago. I look forward to seeing what new features Adobe will bring in future! It is obvious they listen to their customers feedback!

Pros

I love that I can create contracts within word or excel and save them as a PDF. I can send these contracts to my customer, they can sign the document and send it back to me. I never have to worry about them altering the contract context. They have the capability to leave comments where they need to see a change, but never the actual document itself. I love that I can protect my forms. Speaking of forms,...

Cons

I said I love the forms.... I do not love how difficult it is to create. Unless you watch a few "How-To" videos, one would never know how to create these PDF's. I love that I have the option to create a reusable document, but understanding how to generate the "fill in the blank" areas, are not as easy. It seems like everything else is pretty easy to understand and navigate through with the exception of that. Had I not have an experienced coworker to help, this process would be more frustrating than it's worth.

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Nick C.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Necessary for Professionals

Reviewed 4 years ago

My business entails the frequent filling of forms—be it reports, grant requests, progress notes, or the odd document that someone has photographed on their 2010 model camera phone and sent through an MMS message. I have gone from filling these out by hand, to trying to recreate the documents in a word processor so that I could type in my responses, to using word processing software and older products to create Text boxes that could then be filled in. I cannot overstate the amount of time saved by using DC, both in creating and filling in forms. Adobe solved a problem that I had for years. The solution is well worth the price. I feel certain that there are products that do similar things. However, I have yet to have had a reason to consider trying anything but DC.

Pros

This software does just about everything that the word processing software products are not able to do. It is next to impossible to narrow down a single feature as my favorite. If pressed, though, I would have to go with the form creation capabilities of DC. This is a bonus on two fronts. First, Adobe has mastered their trade when it comes to recognizing potential form fields in existing documents....

Cons

This software does exactly what I need it to do and more. The market is filled with word processing software products that fulfill that need, and Adobe does not claim to go up against them with DC. However, there are times when using DC that I have wished that some of the commands that have been available to me for ages in other brands’ software on the word processing side were available in DC.

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Siddharth K.

Education Management, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best free pdf reader

Reviewed a year ago

Good for most of the people who just use this to read pdf files and some basic stuff. User interface is off-course it plus point and I like it most among any competitor. Its UI is really impressive. Its free version is comes with very basic features though the premium version have all the things. But the only point where I find Adobe behind its competitors is in OCR and conversion. Conversion from...

Pros

The user interface is most attractive for this. After latest updates, its UI improves very much and is unique with any other competitors. All other competitors are adopting MS Office like ribbon interface while adobe blend the ribbon functionality with its UI in such a way that it ribbon bar is like a title bar which have only essential options. But for basic user who just want to read pdf file, it is best option available there. But for an advance user you must have to go for premium plan which is most costly in the market.

Cons

Limitation with free version makes is very basic, and can only be used for very basic purposes and ideal for most of the people. But for mid to advance user free version have nothing to offer and also its OCR is much weaker than it competitors.

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Jose de Jesus R.

Used daily for 2+ years

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My experience using Acrobat Reader DC

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Due to the degree of confidentiality of the information I handle at the institutional level, I require a versatile tool, Acrobat Reader DC, this very clean, simple, minimized version, gives me everything I need to access PDF documents in a quick and easy way. well organized, the technical staff of Adobe has reimbentado the tool, making some major changes to the organization of how to access the documents,...

Cons

This great tool has few disadvantages, despite having well-organized tools, the user with little experience can be a little difficult to know that when opening a document is activated the option of tools at the top, and the click there you will see the large amount of available tools, which are very useful to edit a document or to add some text, as well as protect it. It also has a mini floating toolbar in the lower part, which can disappear if we want it to be anchored in the upper part, it can be uncomfortable for some users to use this floating bar, as well as to deactivate the bar, but it depends on each user and his experience.

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Scott B.

Design, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall i am extremely satisfied with Acrobat Reader DC. Without it, i cant imagine another program that could create the drawings and documents i use daily at work. Its very easy to print from, and if you get to learn all the shortcuts then it becomes even more efficient to use. Its a wonderful format to create PDF's to then receive and send files via email. Its a very popular format so i have no issues with no one being able to access my work.

Pros

I use Acrobat Reader pretty much every day. I produce CAD drawings in PDF format to send to manufacturers and issue internally within our company. The best concept of Adobe Reader is the quality of the text, borders, etc as these are vectorized which means the quality doesn't degrade as you increase the magnification. Also, the PDF page is exactly as the author created it, the text, borders, pictures...

Cons

I actually dont have any negative comments with this program. Its very quick and reliable and extremely useful in my day to day usage.

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EMEL K.

Automotive, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Probably the best software for pdf files management

Reviewed 5 years ago

In overall, although Adobe has strong rivals such as Foxit or Sumarta, still should be listed as a top choice for pdf file management. Yes, free version comes with less features; but the overall quality, ease of use and lots of features enables Abobe to take the hot seat. I'm happy to use Adobe Reader in the office as e-signature is a good benefit; but also try alternatives at home for personal usage.

Pros

Probably first thing to say about Adobe Reader DC is the lean interface it provides to the users. As the Ribbons and tabs hold very less space, it is easy to view the documents in rest of the remaining screen. Another feature is ability to use one cloud server for your files. This may not be very handy at the office; but becomes a plus while you are travelling or using the mobile version. You can edit, add signature, combine or extract files easily by the broad features in the library. You can take photos and make pdf files or convert the file format. Lastly, mobile versions of Adobe Reader DC are also available to use and you may reach your files from your account if you're using cloud.

Cons

On the negative side, Adobe Reader DC can slow down sometimes and crashes; especially mobile versions while trying to open big files. Happened to me a couple times while using IOS version on my iPad. Rarely may cause sync issues. If you want to open all features or use bigger cloud space; this require additional payment; therefore can be costly. Lastly, this is the app to view or edit .pdf formats; so other formats are likely not much supported.

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Kristin D.

Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great features for long-distance documentation

Reviewed 5 years ago

Acrobat Reader DC is excellent for my editing needs. I can review text, comment, and converse all within the same document. The functions are numerous and intuitive.

Pros

I work remotely as an editor and technical writer, so I spend a lot of time working with documents that I need to add comments to, underline passages in, reword and rework, etc. Acrobat Reader makes this process very easy for me using the Comment option. I can highlight in multiple colors, underline, add "sticky notes", and so on. Some of this even happens automatically, if I type in the document or...

Cons

How some bizarre reason, saving can be cumbersome. I often am prompted to Save As when I select Save from the File menu, and sometimes comments get lost. I very much enjoy that I can select the highlight text option and double click on words or select passages, without having to reselect the highlight text option to continue using it. However, the strike through and underline options don't work like this, and have to be reselected every time.

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Hermann Bernadin N.

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader - L'outil incontournable pour consulter et annoter des fichiers PDF !!!

Reviewed 9 months ago

J'utilise Adobe Acrobat Reader quotidiennement depuis 2 ans pour consulter, annoter et partager des document PDF dans le cadre de mon travail. C'est un outil fiable, performant et simple d'utilisation qui m'aide à gagner en productivité au quotidien.Je n'ai pas rencontré de problèmes majeurs mis à part le cout élevé de la version Pro et les rares soucis d'affichage sur certains complexes PDF._Je recommande malgré tout Adobe Acrobat Reader pour sa compatibilité avec la grande majorité des documents PDF du marché. C'est l'outil incontournable pour les professionnels devant manipuler régulièrement ce type de fichiers.

Pros

_Interface intuitive et design moderne: L'interface d'Adobe Acrobat Reader est très bien conçue. L'agencement des menus et des fonctionnalités est logique et permet de trouver rapidement ce que l'on recherche. Le design épuré et moderne apporte un confort visuel appréciable._Ouverture rapide des fichiers PDF: Même sur des fichiers PDF très volumineux de plusieurs centaines de pages. Adobe Acrobat...

Cons

_Le cout de l'abonnement élevé: Le cout de l'abonnement annuel à la version Pro d'Adobe Acrobat Reader me semble excessif par rapport à l'utilisation limitée que j'en ai. Pour mes besoin basiques, la version gratuite est largement suffisante._Problèmes de compatibilité avec certains PDF: Sur quelques fichiers PDF complexes comportant des images et des mises en page sophistiquées, j'ai constaté des problèmes d'affichage avec Adobe Acrobat Reader. _Heureusement, cela ne concerne que très peu de document et n'est pas rédhibitoire.

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Hicham S.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Reviewed 2 years ago

Using the software package Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may view and print PDF files. It's available as a free download from Adobe's website. However, there are some cons to using this software. One con is that it's not always accurate when converting PDFs to other formats. This can be frustrating if you're trying to edit a PDF or convert it to another format for printing. Another con is that Adobe Acrobat...

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When it comes to reading PDF files, Adobe Acrobat Reader is the industry standard by which all other PDF readers are judged, whether they like it or not. It has been around since 1993 and has gone through many changes over that time as PDF documents have become more and more ubiquitous. This article will compare the good, the bad, and the ugly of Adobe Acrobat Reader and cover why it’s so widely used...

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Adobe Acrobat Reader is a widely used program for viewing PDF files. However, there are some drawbacks to using this program. First, Adobe Acrobat Reader is a proprietary program, which means it is not free software. This can be a barrier to entry for some users. Second, Adobe Acrobat Reader is not as customizable as some other PDF viewers. For example, you cannot change the default font size or color...

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Arun K.

Hospital & Health Care, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The Quintessential document management tool.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Managing documents has never been easier. Once you get used to the versatile features of the Acrobat Reader there is no going back. I use it on a daily basis to fill and sign PDF documents and Acrobat makes gets my job done efficiently.

Pros

Ability to add your signatures to pdf files is one feature I use the most. You can edit a pdf and easily insert your digital signature. Edit documents, I can edit and add my inputs to a pdf document and share it to my colleagues with ease Fast and efficient, even if you open multiple large files simultaneously the Acrobat never disappoints. It saves a lot of our time. Added security with file encryption, since we handle sensitive data at our organization the robust file encryption feature is a great blessing. Text to speech is a handy option built-in to acrobat reader this actually reads the whole Pdf including text in comments. The Pro version we have purchased helps to convert the scanned documents to editable Pdf.

Cons

There is a learning curve to it, specially the new users might need few tutorials to get used to all tools and functions of the software.

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Jerry P.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Acrobat may be the Standard for PDF usage

Reviewed 4 years ago

Adobe Acrobat has been the leading PDF application for as long as i can remember,support has always been very difficult and vague and has been a challenge to overcome throughout the years. As the years went by we have become less dependent on support because of the internet forums.

Pros

i like that the product is free, easy to access from a deployment standpoint. There are many features to choose from if you you use the adobe creative cloud. You can take your pdf documents where ever you have internet access.The ability to zoom and customize the toolbar is much better than in the past.

Cons

I dont like the fact that many of the features must be obtained by having an creative cloud account that is active. There are many other PDF programs out there like Nitro,SourceForge that have many available features that are free, Adobe Acrobat should follow the example of these other pdf apps. I also do not like the GUI of Reader, it is too busy with options and makes a novice and even an advanced user very frustrated with features that arent readily available without using the paid for Software as a Service.

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Khan Md Mohaiuminul Islam S.

Civil Engineering, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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User friendly with large pdf file, easy to handle

Reviewed 4 years ago

I have been using several pdf readers for a couple of years, when it comes to open a large file I never have seen any other option then adobe acrobat reader. At first, it takes time to open, it’s not an ideal part for me, but when it runs I can not complain about its service. The interface of this software is user friendly, I can find every in my hand when I use it. In the past, when I work for too long, I forgot to save my works, sometimes software crashes. So my advice to save your work-time to time, unless you may lose some of your work.

Pros

Though it takes some time to start in the first place, it can open both large and small files at ease, I can easily operate it not like other pdf readers. Zoom feature is user-friendly and it’s too easy for me to operate. Text editing is another thing I often use to edit my documents. In large file, page rotation is taking very low time in acrobat reader, I mean I can do this in no time. Just like other pdf readers, I can use pdf exporting, margin, editing, organizing, etc with minimum effort.

Cons

Waiting-part! When I open a small or large file it takes too much time to open, they need to make it quick. When I work for too long sometimes it crushes also.

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Charlotte D.

Automotive, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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INCREDIBLE product if you have the license

Reviewed 4 years ago

My overall experience using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is great, as long as I have the license. I find myself very frustrated when I need to edit or change the orientation of a PDF file and find that my license has expired or I need to renew my account. My overall opinion is to purchase this product when it's a part of a bundle of other software. I have the Creative Cloud package that includes plenty of design, photography and videography editing software.

Pros

This software is not only easy to use, but the number of options you have are almost endless. I love this software specifically for editing ability on PDFs. If you are stuck with only a PDF file, you are able to convert to a Word document, a JPEG or PNG image, even an Excel file. But not only that, you are able to access and fill Forms and Certificates, Share files for comparing, stamping or comments,...

Cons

The biggest con regarding this software is the price and license required to use it. If you don't pay for this specific software or a package that involves it, then you are unable to use any of the features. Most of the features available on this software are really beneficial for anyone in business to use. You are able to sign documents, auto-fill, combine PDFs, edit and change PDFs, compare files, send them for comments and so much more. These options are very important for all aspects of business, and it can become very irritating when you lose the license or don't have it. I haven't found any similar product for free or less money.