Adobe Acrobat vs. Dropbox

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Acrobat
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Adobe Acrobat DC is the current version of the well-established document / PDF management solution, part of the Adobe Document Cloud (the other part being Adobe's eSign services based on technology acquired with EchoSign in 2011).
$12.99
per month
Dropbox
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Dropbox is a cloud storage solution, equipped with features that help users to save time, improve productivity, and collaborate with others. Users can edit PDFs, share videos, sign documents, and collaborate with stakeholders without leaving Dropbox.
$9.99
per month
Pricing
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
Editions & Modules
Acrobat Standard for Individuals
$12.99
per month
Acrobat Standard for teams
$14.99
per month per user
Acrobat Pro for Individuals
$19.99
per month
Acrobat Pro for Teams
$22.19
per month per user
Acrobat for Enterprise
Contact sales team
Plus
$9.99
per month
Essentials
$18
per month
Business
$20
per month per user
Business Plus
$26
per month per user
Basic
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
Considered Both Products
Adobe Acrobat
Chose Adobe Acrobat
We have also used Dropbox, but the features are very different and the capabilities for edits are different. With Dropbox, there is still some wait time and I have to switch to a separate program to make edits to documents. Which makes its ease of use no comparison to Adobe …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I can't recall any specific software, but prior to having Adobe Acrobat DC, I experienced frustrations trying to work with PDF documents, spending a lot of time searching online for alternative software I could use without an Acrobat DC license.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I did not evaluate any other pdf management programs other than Adobe Acrobat DC. I was familiar with other Adobe pdf products and never thought to explore any others. I have been very pleased with Adobe Acrobat DC and have not seen the need to look at other pdf management …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe works for so many other clients who may or may not have Windows or MACs, etc. When I send a Word document I never know who can open it and who can't. That's not the case for Adobe.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I have tried using some online versions of .pdf readers and document extractors, but having the full desktop software is far less clunky and infinitely more secure.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat uses the standard of the best PDF solution we know. It provides the necessary tools to create, edit and sign PDF files anywhere. Get the necessary tools to speed up the installation and manage the updates. You can be sure that the PDF files of the company will be …
Dropbox
Chose Dropbox
iDrive and Sync don't remove files from your local storage once they've been unsynced, so it's less clear which files are available and which aren't. Plus Dropbox now selectively offloads files when they haven't been used in a while, so it's managing your storage usage for you …
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox is more dynamic regarding versioning and global collaboration. The UI is easier to navigate, which means lower training costs. The storage is extremely reliable, so we need not worry about losing files. Dropbox provides us with both storage and sharing features. Syncing …
Chose Dropbox
I would say that Dropbox ranks in the middle among the others I have used. Google Drive is my preference, because of its simple UI and smooth user experience. Dropbox ranks second because it's a bit clunky compared to Google. OneDrive ranks third because it's still useful and …
Chose Dropbox
SharePoint was where our engineering team looked for service in the cloud however we quickly moved to Dropbox when we evaluated costs for the amount of storage we needed.
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox is more rubust in security. It's more formal and contained compared to Google Drive. It's easier to manage users and access form an employer's perspective because it allows the files to be easily remain despite an employee's departure. Ownership can easily remain in …
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox is a much more simple to use. I like both apps but Dropbox provides a more sleek experience. If i had to choose a second app to use, I would choose mega, but my first choice is Dropbox. There is always room for improvement however. I overall like the general use
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox is much better for file organization than Google Drive. It's much easier to organize files and find files. It's much easier to give access to users who need it and create groups for individual departments and interdepartmental. It's much easier to see who has access to …
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox can host pretty much any file, and our storage capabilities are virtually endless, too. We are happy with our relationship with Dropbox and do not foresee that changing. Since I work in marketing, I look forward to more updates for chatrooms and collaborative spaces. I …
Chose Dropbox
Perhaps the convenience and joy of using Dropbox keeps me (and my data) using it. I have gotten lost in some of the details of other products, which can feel like a scavenger hunt in a foreign library. Dropbox makes it easy to do me.
Chose Dropbox
This is just what my company uses and I think Dropbox has a reputation of easy and universal access for larger files.
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox has a better pricing for our office and also has better integration and speed to deliver files with team members, clients and directors of area.
Chose Dropbox
I have sometimes used Google Drive personally, but I am a much bigger fan of Dropbox. Dropbox allows me to not have my files tied to a particular email system. That way, if my team decides to switch their email operations at a later time, I don't have to worry about my team …
Chose Dropbox
We like Dropbox better for media files.
Chose Dropbox
We only used WeTransfer few times before using Dropbox and we used free version. I found uploads long, they expire quickly, so you cannot resend to other customers, or if customer didn't upload quick enough you must upload again and send again. Many also complained they had …
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox provides an easier way to sync files and easier user management from an admin profile.
Chose Dropbox
Google Drive and OneDrive are very complicated to use.
Chose Dropbox
No others; I want this one to be better and HIPAA-compliant.
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox seems to work just better overall than the other products out there plus it is what I am used to. Our personal plan for my business is also cheaper than the plans I would quoted for Google Drive and others. It makes organizing everything a breeze and you can find …
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox provided good value for reasonable capability
Chose Dropbox
As stated earlier, Dropbox, as an agnostic platform, just plays well with a wide variety of devices. This broad compatibility is the primary reason why I decided to switch over to the platform. Close integration within a suite of apps is hardly worthwhile when it hinders your …
Chose Dropbox
They're different. DocuSign doesnt allow me to organize and store in the same way
Chose Dropbox
OneDrive appears to be tied to a single user account, limiting file sharing abilities.
Chose Dropbox
The filing system that Teams is based on is confusing when outside of Teams which then forces you to use only Teams to look for a collaboration. It is tough to search for things in Teams, but their keyword search does work well, however, you really need to know part of the …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Dropbox
7.6
834 Ratings
11% below category average
Versioning00 Ratings7.5668 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings7.8657 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings7.9589 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings7.6731 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings7.2778 Ratings
File search00 Ratings7.1807 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings7.8767 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Dropbox
7.4
798 Ratings
16% below category average
User and role management00 Ratings7.3732 Ratings
File organization00 Ratings7.9787 Ratings
Device management00 Ratings7.1686 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Dropbox
7.8
785 Ratings
9% below category average
Performance00 Ratings7.9779 Ratings
Reliability00 Ratings8.0783 Ratings
Storage Reports00 Ratings7.5601 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(474 ratings)
7.7
(857 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(11 ratings)
6.4
(31 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(232 ratings)
7.8
(29 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
7.7
(3 ratings)
Performance
9.9
(7 ratings)
6.4
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(52 ratings)
6.1
(34 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.5
(4 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AcrobatDropbox
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
If your organization uses PDFs frequently, then Adobe Acrobat feels like must-have. I could not imagine our organization not using it. The ability to create, organize, and edit PDFs easily and intuitively are the main reasons my organization uses it. The other additional functions and features are "nice to haves", but ultimately, don't impact our day-to-day
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Dropbox
Dropbox has been greatly suited for sharing video files when working on our final thesis of a short film. It is easier to share files to multiple colleagues while also keeping the resolution the same. It also allows us to use the source to store our footage for safekeeping and to have it accessible to all
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Pros
Adobe
  • Easy to understand- the program has a very intuitive layout that is great for people who doesn't use the product very much
  • Includes all features you might need. There are many features I didn't even think we would need that they have included.
  • They have a very recognizable name so my clients feel they can trust what they are being asked to open/sign since the Adobe name is next to it.
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Dropbox
  • Shared data among all peoples who have access to certain folders.
  • Data stored online so it frees lots of space from the personal computer.
  • Updates really fast.
  • You can access all the information on a file on your computer and on the Dropbox online platform.
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Cons
Adobe
  • It would be good if Adobe Acrobat could utilize less system resources. I have had crashes due to memory and CPU load this week
  • Quicker load times from a cold launch
  • Easier collaborative commenting for offline documents - knowing where and who wrote what
  • Ensuring documents don't have issues where text cannot be copied before publishing
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Dropbox
  • Not a fan of "Suggested from your activity" on every page.
  • Annoying when you upload something and it opens the preview with every upload.
  • Sad to see the integration with Google Sheets go as we use that.
  • I would love for there to be training included in our paid subscription.
  • I wish there were a way to set as admin a company-wide template for naming files and folders.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
I bought a perpetual license to Acrobat some time ago, but if the software ever stopped being supported in my version of windows or other solution that makes me need to buy another license I would not hesitate to do so since it saves me a lot of headaches. There are workarounds to merge files and edit pdfs with an online interface but I dont think those are a good usage of time when Acrobat exists.
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Dropbox
Dropbox is a user-friendly, easy tool which requires little to no skill and they offer a free version with a good amount of storage available. There are other file sharing tools available however at a cost. Dropbox free version I have used for years and it serves every purpose I need.
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Usability
Adobe
My overall experience with Adobe is great because because the it has almost all of the tools in one place and it can be used it for most of my work without going anywhere else. Because the tools are available right there in the main interface, it makes it very easy to use.
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Dropbox
[Its] functionality and usability are very good, however[,] on every computer that I have ever installed the app on, Dropbox assumes I want it to update the files every time I start the system up. That's not always true, but the app assumes it is. I can switch that function off, but I would rather that function default to "Off" and then I can decide to turn it on as needed.
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Reliability and Availability
Adobe
Pretty much always there for my business and personal needs.
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Dropbox
No answers on this topic
Performance
Adobe
One of the best features of Adobe Acrobat is its speed and stability. When dealing with massive multi-page files, having to reload a crashed program over and over again would slow down progress unnecessarily. And expanding on that, having the table of contents generated allows me to skip to different pages with ease, a necessary feature with exceptionally long files. word searches are even more helpful with text recognition.
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Dropbox
Dropbox is really useful, you can access any file from anywhere and you can upload and even edit files online, but, sometimes it can be slow. Downloading, uploading, and syncing is a bit slow, it can take several minutes. Furthermore, the search engine for large amounts of data can be slow too and it is not powerful.
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Support Rating
Adobe
Because I don't need it. Used it years ago for account management/billing issues but they have changed the user experience so more of that can be managed online. If I have a question the knowledge base or a video that Adobe has posted answers
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Dropbox
They immediately responded like in an example that I gave where one of our staff members accidentally deleted the whole Special Hope Network Dropbox, we immediately contacted Dropbox they walked us through the steps of how to retrieve the information and luckily enough we were able to retrieve the entire Dropbox and we have had back and forth with Dropbox on what to do when an employee leaves how to remove them how to add another employee.
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Online Training
Adobe
Answered basic questions.
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Dropbox
I did not personally take any training for Dropbox so I am self taught but I know when our Vice President selected Dropbox, he personally did do some training modules on it and I'm assuming it was very easy and simple to understand since he now acts like he is a pro at it!
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Implementation Rating
Adobe
Works well with JamF and SmartDeploy. These are our Enterprise imaging solutions for Mac's and PC's. The Enterprise installer is required when pushing out this app.
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Dropbox
I needed to stay current in improving my daily operations. Dropbox
was suggested to me by a former colleague two-years ago and I've been using it just fine ever since.
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
There really is no comparison. Although we use other PDF programs, we mainly utilize Adobe. Not only because we find it to be a better program but also because everyone is more familiar with it. However, the other products are implemented for various reasons, such as a feature or 2 that we find necessary to use at times.
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Dropbox
Google Drive has similar features, but the security functions of Dropbox allows our institution to save our sensitive and regulated data in a more protected way on Dropbox. This gives administrators, decision makers and policy makers additional piece, especially during a time and living in a world where data breaches are much more frequent and common.
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Scalability
Adobe
I find that many users aren't aware of many features of the software they use, nor may they be comfortable with learning multiple-step processes. For the simplest of PDF purposes (scanning, downloading, exporting), it gets a thumbs-up. For anything involving electronic signatures, meh--causes eyes to glaze over, or forgetting what all is involved.
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Dropbox
bc i think box.com is better and more affordable
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat has improved the security of our documents, resulting in less risk, as protecting documents is essential to ensure compliance with privacy laws.
  • It saves our company money, as the product makes it easier for our employees to complete their jobs.
  • The product assists our employees with providing quality work product.
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Dropbox
  • Negatively impacted my ROI as it's rather expensive.
  • Many of my freelancers were having issues accessing Dropbox because they already had other clients with Dropbox, so I requested Google Drive instead.
  • Wish the collaboration was easier.
  • A lot of times, people on my team can't access photos.
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ScreenShots

Adobe Acrobat Screenshots

Screenshot of Create, edit, convert, and share PDF files all from within Microsoft Teams – as part of Acrobat integrations with Microsoft 365 apps.Screenshot of With Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app, users can read PDFs on phones and tablets without having to pinch and zoom. Navigate lengthy documents with intelligent outline and search tools, while maximizing readability and comfort with font size and line spacing that are adjustable.Screenshot of Fill and sign PDF forms from anywhere and on any device.  Collect signatures, digitally track progress, and automatically archive the signed document.Screenshot of With Adobe Scan mobile app, capture and convert documents into high-quality, interactive PDF documents that can be filled out, signed, and shared.  Eliminates the hassle of finding a printer, filling a form by hand, and scanning it again.

Dropbox Screenshots

Screenshot of the action bar, that sits across the browser page can be used to record the screen, edit PDFs, upload files, create folders, get signatures, or send and track documents.Screenshot of Dropbox Replay, that lets collaborators leave frame-accurate feedback and markups directly on project files.Screenshot of Dropbox Capture, which can be used to take screen recordings, screenshots, and GIFs with one click and share them with a link.Screenshot of the interface where Dropbox lets users upload, edit, send, and sign PDFs in one place.