Adobe Acrobat: The Most Flexible PDF Solution
June 14, 2022

Adobe Acrobat: The Most Flexible PDF Solution

Courtney Birnbaum | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Acrobat DC

In my current role, I use Adobe Acrobat DC as part of my file management process to share animation artwork, notes and other files between showrunners and executives, the designers who report to me, and the studio I ship finished files to for animation. While some of the work I do can be done in Apple default software Preview, which is how my previous job in animation required me to work, Acrobat DC has a much more robust kit of tools to make my workflow faster and the final product better. Adobe Acrobat DC was absolutely necessary for my role of eight years in sports publishing as well. We used Acrobat for its digital publishing and processing tools, for editorial and proofing purposes, and for the organization of print files before shipping to printers. Acrobat allows me to quickly and efficiently process files and create documents for a variety of purposes, streamlining communication across my office and even across time zones to the groups I work with in past and current roles.
  • Creating a PDF from multiple files and file types
  • Preflighting documents for publishing
  • Managing page order of a PDF easily
  • Editing text or adding assets to a file
  • Signature requests and sending
  • Keeping track of copy editing and review notes across multiple people
  • One issue Acrobat has is the learning threshold required to use some of its more robust features, like understanding the difference between editing a PDF or creating a new PDF, or combining files into a PDF. It may take users a few tries to find the best tool in the program for what they want to accomplish.
  • The comments feature can be unintuitive since there are multiple views - comments can show up as sticky notes or as underline, strike-through, or highlighting, so you'll have to regulate between users to make sure everyone is using the feature the same if you want a consistent document shared in a work setting.
  • In my current role, I need to convert files into HEIC for use in our file tracking system. I would like to see an export method for this added to Acrobat.
  • Creating PDF from multiple file types or files
  • Real-time commenting and notation in digital documents
  • Creating and filling out forms for signatures
  • Adobe Acrobat was crucial during our publishing work-from-home phase, allowing us to maintain productivity almost immediately despite having to implement an entirely new workflow in an editorial.
  • Using Acrobat increases business operations efficiency by allowing users to create multiple versions of the same file to be used in different capacities, such as creating an identical small file for digital sharing quickly and easily without affecting the larger files needed for print or animation.
  • Acrobat allows businesses to react to errors quickly and efficiently, as it is simple to replace a page in the PDF to correct any errors or changing needs of a client in the document.
Adobe Acrobat DC has a nearly seamless user experience across devices and other Adobe programs. Sometimes, Adobe software used in design workflows seems to have been created without the other design software in mind, making InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Animate less fluid to transition from software to software. Acrobat works well with these, especially because it focuses on producing quality PDFs from image and text files and does not try to do heavier design work like these other programs. Acrobat also works well with non-Adobe software, such as Microsoft Office and other PDF-capable programs. Overall, projects work very well when I am able to use Adobe Acrobat DC, in ways that are lacking when I am required to use different software for PDF management.
The businesses I have worked for have not been at risk of security issues, and the files I personally create do not require as much security as Adobe offers. In short, while I don't need the security and compliance standards that Adobe Acrobat offers, it is helpful that they are available for those who would need more protection on their files.

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Adobe Acrobat DC becomes more useful the larger scale your project is. Because Adobe Acrobat comes as part of the Adobe subscription / paid model, you don't need this program if you only wish to view PDFs or to make very occasional edits to small PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Reader would be more suited for viewing files and is free software. However, if you manage several files a day or especially at the scale of a publishing company like Learfield, you cannot effectively do your work without a full-service software like Acrobat DC. The ease of editing, processing, and saving files made Acrobat a must-have for groups working with so many PDFs. Adobe's digital services are also a great asset for those working across multiple offices or from home because you can share the same file with multiple people and get real-time feedback within the same document.