Still the best all-round tool for viewing, editing and exporting PDFs
Updated June 16, 2022

Still the best all-round tool for viewing, editing and exporting PDFs

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC is the tool of choice at Uniper for reading, distributing, editing and signing PDFs. The vast majority of users, both in IT and in the business, have the application installed on their machine as the default PDF reader. Our employees work with many important PDF documents such as customer invoices, supplier quotations, signed access forms for audit purposes, org charts, posters, training materials, etc. and Acrobat DC allows users to read and edit these easily.
  • Quickly create PDFs from existing files such as MS Word docs.
  • Combine multiple PDFs into a single document e.g. consolidation of training materials.
  • Create approval forms that require signing which are then shared or stored for audit purposes.
  • Editing more complex PDFs can be more difficult.
  • Although there are many features, the majority of basic users will rarely require them.
  • Can be sometimes slower to open larger PDF documents with many pages.
  • Quickly creating PDFs from existing documents, and combining PDFs.
  • Directly editing PDFs where it would take too long to convert a PDF to Word, make edits, then convert back.
  • Preparing PDF forms which can be digitally signed.
  • Improved speed of gaining approvals - much easier to digitally sign a PDF than use scanned hard-copy signatures.
  • Time savings when editing a PDF - we no longer need to waste time trying to convert a PDF into an editable format such as MS Word or PowerPoint.
  • Significant time savings when scanning a document into an editable PDF - we no longer need to pay people to sit there typing up documents from paper copies.
Overall, the usability of Adobe Acrobat DC is very good. Even users with little or no experience can quickly open and read a PDF document, that they have received as an email attachment or downloaded from SharePoint, for example. This is useful as many of our user training materials are distributed as PDFs. Occasionally, the application throws up too many dialog boxes which could confuse users, hence the 8/10 rating, although these boxes can be quickly and easily closed.
We have used the built-in 'protect and standardise' features within Adobe Acrobat DC when required, in order to ensure that more sensitive or business-critical PDF documents are kept secure. For example, for PDF documents relating to IT security and compliance, business strategy, or those that contain customer data, we can protect and encrypt these or even hide and redact certain sensitive information. This allows us to distribute these documents internally while reducing the risk of non-authorised individuals accessing highly sensitive content that is not required for their role.

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I have used Adobe Acrobat DC to create training materials (such as user guides), flowcharts, org charts, access forms with signature fields, etc. Often I will create the document in another tool such as Microsoft Word or Visio, then convert a final version to PDF for distribution to users or storing on some kind of central repository. I have also used Adobe Acrobat DC to combine several documents into one single source. It is probably less appropriate for scenarios where the document requires editing very often, as the PDF editor lacks the features of a fully-fledged word processor like MS Word. Although for scenarios where a document requires editing only rarely, such as a management level org chart stored on a corporate intranet page, the PDF editing offers sufficient functionality.