Communicate and collaborate more easily and securely with Adobe PDF. For a more in-depth comparison, download a feature comparison (PDF format).
Deliver professional documents
Easily organize content from a variety of sources--including documents, e-mail, images, spreadsheets, and web pages--in a single searchable PDF Portfolio, compressed for easy distribution. Use professionally designed templates that can be branded with your company logo and colors. Quickly integrate content, define navigation, and add polish to communicate clearly and effectively. Share information with anyone using free Adobe Reader software.
Create and manage forms
Simplify the creation and completion of forms to efficiently analyze and use data. Convert Word and Excel documents or scanned paper to PDF forms with automatic recognition of fillable fields. Or use Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES software, a professional form design tool included with Acrobat 9 Pro software, to further customize and automate dynamic XML forms. Extend Acrobat functionality to Reader users so virtually anyone can participate in the workflows you initiate. Use the Form Tracker to see when forms have been completed and who has completed them. And easily export data to a spreadsheet for analysis and reporting.
Manage document reviews
Accelerate the exchange of ideas with colleagues, extended teams, and customers. Through easy-to-manage electronic document reviews, participants can see and build on other reviewers' comments as they are being made, so you can quickly gain the input and consensus you need to efficiently develop and complete work. Enable virtually anyone using free Adobe Reader software to participate in reviews, and use the Form Tracker to monitor progress and participation.
Protect documents and accelerate information exchange with PDF.
Acrobat lets you combine files from multiple applications into a single Adobe PDF document.
With a scanner and Acrobat's Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, you can turn stacks of paper documents into easily searchable electronic PDF archives.
Help protect sensitive information
Control access to and use of PDF documents, assign digital rights, and maintain document integrity. Set document permissions to define whether a file can be printed or changed. Apply passwords to help restrict document access. Use redaction tools to permanently remove sensitive information. Digitally sign and certify documents to validate they came from a trusted source. Create and reuse document security policies to precisely manage who can print, save, copy, or modify a document.
Deliver a compelling branded experience using PDF Portfolios
Bring multiple files together in a single organized and interactive PDF Portfolio. Use professionally designed templates that can be branded with your logo and include descriptions to guide recipients through the contents.
Help protect your documents
Use passwords to control access to PDF documents. Use permissions to restrict printing, copying, or altering. Save passwords and permissions as security policies that can be easily applied to new PDF files.
Easily create and manage electronic forms
Build dynamic forms, distribute and track forms and responses, and easily export data for analysis and reporting.
Manage and track electronic document reviews
Gain the input you need through interactive document reviews that enable participants to see and build on other reviewers' comments, which can be sorted by author, date, or page. Use the Form Tracker to monitor progress and participation.
Include Adobe Reader users
Enable users of free Adobe Reader software to digitally sign documents, participate in shared document reviews, and save forms locally. By extending Acrobat functionality to Reader users, virtually anyone can participate in the workflows you initiate.
Synchronize document views
Provide clarity and enhance discussion by e-mailing a PDF document and walking recipients through it in real time by controlling the exact page view they see.
Remove sensitive information
Use redaction tools to black out sensitive text, illustrations, or other information, permanently deleting the content from the PDF document. Inspect PDF documents for metadata, hidden layers, and other concealed information, and remove before distributing to others.
Compare PDF documents
Automatically highlight the differences between two versions of a PDF document, including text and images, so you can quickly and easily identify what has changed.
Improve print processes
Help control costs and reduce errors with automated output controls to preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files for high-end print production and digital publishing.
Create and validate accessible PDF documents
Ensure your PDF documents are optimized for people with disabilities. Quickly evaluate, correct, and automatically tag PDF documents for optimized accessibility and reflow.