Adobe Acrobat DC - Essential Tools in the Talent Development / Learning Industry
June 19, 2022

Adobe Acrobat DC - Essential Tools in the Talent Development / Learning Industry

Carl Grivakis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC is an essential tool in the digital publishing and professional training industry for virtual and in-person instructor lead courses. In a world looking to reduce print costs, the 'fillable' form is a great tool for people to gather notes, annotate, and make learning their own interactive experience. We utilize everything from check boxes, fillable text, and image placement for prework, in-class, and post-class referencing.
  • Interactive digital publishing that is portable between platforms
  • Annotation the is both cued and un-cued for people looking to create their own notes
  • Creating a varied learning experience, allowing for placement of interactive elements, including external web pages, internal anchor indexing, and audio/video
  • As far as I'm aware, it's not able to make files that detect the viewing platform and adjust for that platform
  • Some users have trouble working with interactive text, which is somehow not intuitive to them
  • Files can be overly large, designers should be trained up on reducing file size
  • Interactive PDFs for classroom use
  • Annotation / sticky notes for editing between client and designer
  • Clickable resources to link outside and within the document
  • Net positive, as it gives me more deliverable options for my clients
  • Some clients require no use of print materials, limiting the number of learning resources they can have access to, an electronic PDF helps close the sale
  • Issues with protecting IP can come up, opening up problems with having content plagiarized
I would like to see a more fluid format, this might already exist, but it's not one I'm aware of in which content can scale based on the size/dimensions of the platform the viewer is working on.
This hasn't been an issue for my clients or me as of yet. Losing programs such as 'flash' because of data breaches is concerning, but we've been able to pivot from using it. Our concern is more around the security of protecting our IP from distributing to others outside its intended use. The goal of my customer is to have one copy of a publication go to one user and not beyond that.
Adobe Acrobat DC provides a seemingly more secure way to provide a document and maybe protect it from further sharing out, I've made similar docs in Google Slides/docs that are for large groups, and people use fillable shapes to edit, but we maintain more control both in design and content using Adobe Acrobat DC.

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Adobe Acrobat DC is fantastic for interactive classroom materials in the training and talent development industry. We use it to create large digital booklets and single one-sheets for job aids. The program allows for some limited text editing and customization based on the clients' needs; this can be a logo or specific word swaps.

I love having the forms be 'selectable' as well for creating fillable PDFS, they can be selected and copied/pasted into another doc, and a few clicks match it up to the older version.

The program is not good if you're looking to do massive edits that need to return back to the master document. These edits should be annotated only for the design team to review/implement in the original document and then export back as a fresh PDF.