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March 23, 2017

What is Adobe Reader?

Now called Acrobat Reader.

By Ellie Burns

Adobe Reader is a desktop and mobile application belonging to the Adobe Acrobat family of software.

Now known as Acrobat Reader, it is available as freeware – proprietary software which you don’t have to pay for – and gives basic functions such as viewing, printing and annotating PDF files.

Users can unlock further functionality by either paying a subscription of a one off cost. The commercial proprietary Acrobat, which is only available on Windows and OS X, can create, edit, digitally sign, encrypt, export and publish PDFs.

Can you use it on the go?

In 2015 Adobe introduced the Document Cloud, and added DC to the end of several of its applications.

The introduction of the Document Cloud, in regards to the Acrobat Reader, was to make user’s PDFs available across multiple devices that they may be using.

For example, a user can edit a PDF on an iPad while they are on the go and then access that edited file from their PC, or other device.

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