Part of the new DC (Document Cloud) family of products, the new Adobe Acrobat Reader DC adds to the functionality of the latest version XI of the most famous free PDF tool (Adobe Reader) a new interface and a set of advertising functions available only in the new Acrobat Pro DC. This free PDF viewer and annotator offers the same level of quality but with an all-new look and feel.
At times apparently designed to be but a window shop for the new subscription-based Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is a big step forward when compared to the latest Adobe Reader XI. Though the latter seems to be still updated every now and then with new patches, it seems clear that the former will soon supersede Adobe Reader for good. The new Cloud- and subscription-based model of tools like the new Office 365 family has finally reached Adobe.
This revamped version of the renown PDF free viewer is just as restrictive as it’s always been when it comes to editing your PDFs. All editing functions regarding PDF content still belong to the Acrobat range of products, so all you can do with this new Reader is to add all comments and annotations to your existing PDFs and fill in already existing forms. The notes you add can be spell-checked, searched, highlighted, and boxed, and can be combined with marks that indicate where your text should be inserted, or the text that needs to be deleted or replaced. You can add various boxes, polygons, clouds, or connected lines to make your annotations stand out more clearly, and you can even make, edit, and erase your own free-hand drawings.
Documents can be stamped with a series of messages and cliparts, and you can even take a snapshot of an entire page or of a section of it and paste in a different document (a Word document, for instance) as an image. The text in the PDF file can also be sent to your Windows clipboard with a click, and paste it in another file just as easily. So, though “file conversion” is not supported at Reader DC level, you can actually make a Word version of a PDF file just by using the “Copy File to Clipboard” and the “Take a Snapshot” functions wisely.
The DC component in this new family of products is more evident when you upgrade and subscribe to Acrobat Pro DC, but at the Reader level it means that it will connect with the new Adobe Document Cloud, which will allow you to view, fill in, sign, and print your PDFs from anywhere. To that end, a version of Acrobat Reader DC has been also released for smartphones and other mobile devices. Though with minor changes and improvements in the functionality department, this new Acrobat Reader DC will open up a new dimension in the way you work with your PDFs, locally and remotely, as well as a closer interaction among the tools in the Acrobat suite.