Adobe Acrobat - pdf wizard.
June 28, 2022

Adobe Acrobat - pdf wizard.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Acrobat DC

I convert many of the design and document projects I work on into pdf files for sharing. Once I have exported my file to pdf, I open and review the file in Adobe Acrobat. I can edit pdf files using Adobe Acrobat. This is especially helpful when I don't have access to the raw editable file used to create the pdf file.
  • Adobe Acrobat has many helpful tools, one of which is OCR text recognition. After running the OCR tool, which recognizes the text in a scanned document, I can copy and paste text from that document.
  • Redaction tool - I use this to remove sensitive information in a pdf document before sharing it. The redaction tool has a lot of features and allows you to choose what color to paint over the information you are blocking out.
  • I can create and edit forms in Adobe Acrobat. There are many options for creating fields, including, checkboxes, radio buttons, free text, signature fields and more.
  • I can add text, edit existing text and shapes, adjust page size, crop and so much more.
  • I can rearrange pages, combine multiple pdf documents into one, and click and drag pages from one open pdf file to another.
  • The OCR text recognition tool is great but does not work perfectly all the time. Sometimes it is great at recognizing text and sometimes it's not so great.
  • Reviewing pdf files.
  • Editing pdf files.
  • OCR text recognition.
  • Redaction tool.
  • Search tool.
  • Combine multiple pdf documents.
  • We use the commenting feature to mockup changes to design files. This helps us to have a quick and streamlined review process, that incorporates feedback from multiple reviewers.
I use Adobe Acrobat on desktop, laptop, and mobile.
There are probably other areas of the organization, like finance and human resources that rely heavily on these security safeguards. As a designer, I don't know the full scope these compliance standards have on our organization. I do find the password protection features and redaction tool to be useful.
I have used free pdf document handling programs over the years, however, none have been as robust as Adobe Acrobat.

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Adobe Acrobat can be used to edit pdf documents when you don't have access to the original editable source file. It is also useful for creating forms. However, I would not use it to create a file from scratch. If you need to create a document, use Microsoft word or google docs. If you need to work on a design project used Adobe InDesign or another page layout/design software. I used Adobe Acrobat to update an organization chart when I did not have access to the original editable source file. Each time a change was needed to the document, because of a change in position or organization, I used Adobe Acrobat to edit the document. However, this was clunky and cumbersome, as this is not the best use of Adobe Acrobat. Eventually, I recreated the organization chart in Adobe Illustrator, and it's much easier to edit and change when needed. So Adobe Acrobat is a very useful tool but can be cumbersome when using it to make major or several editing changes to a pdf file.