PDF Management Made Easy
June 28, 2021
PDF Management Made Easy
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
As a consultant I use Adobe Reader DC for a variety of purposes. I use it to sign and send documents back and forth between myself and the company I am contracted with. I use it to create training documents, merge several pdfs together, and even create pdf documents that can then be loaded into Excel for data collection and manipulation. There are very few full featured pdf tools on the market and this particular product addresses many different needs for many different situations.
- Edit PDFs. One of the biggest challenges faced in document heavy workflows is editing a PDF. Adobe Reader DC does a fantastic job of allowing you to edit pdfs on the fly without having to go back to the original form and reconverting it.
- Sign PDFs. I spend a lot of time signing contracts and approval forms. Adobe Reader DC allows me to do that quickly without having to use my mouse or another third party platform. I can do all I need right in the Adobe Reader DC workflow.
- Merge PDFs. I find quite often that I need to put two or more documents together in one form. I can do that with just a few clicks in the Adobe Reader DC merge workflow.
- File Size: My biggest complaint is that the longer you use Adobe Reader DC and have it installed the bigger it gets. I have seen at times the software can take as much as 30-40 GB of disk space. When you are working on smaller workstations or laptops this can be a make or break situation.
- Pricing: A monthly subscription of $15/ month is required. I personally have it as part of a larger Adobe subscription. In either option I find the pricing to be a little high.
- Being able to sign documents is probably the most important feature we use.
- Merging documents from multiple team members saves us a great deal of time.
- Being able to edit documents on the fly helps us with the ever changing world of IT documentation.
- The biggest positive impact is the time saved from being able to flexibly edit or manage documents in one workflow.
I have tried many alternatives and while many of them are definitely useable, I ultimately decided that Adobe Reader DC created the PDF file format and they understand best how to make the format work. The biggest difference to Adobe Reader DC versus the alternatives is workflow. The Adobe Reader DC workflow is very streamlined and easy to use. I rarely run into issues that would cause me to have to create a workaround. So while its a bit on the pricey side it is definitely worth it from an ease of use perspective.
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Working in the education division of an IT department requires a lot of technical documentation. PDFs are the best way to distribute training material, tip sheets, or class marketing. I have found that many times those documents need to be edited or even merged together. IT Training constantly needs to be updated. Adobe Reader DC is particularly situated for this purpose. I can very easily go back to a PDF, edit it, and then distribute as necessary. This process takes just a few minutes compared to having to find the original Word document, editing it, re saving it as a PDF and then saving it to its distribution location. Being able to update documents that others have created is also a very beneficial reason to have Adobe Reader DC. I constantly receive PDFs from other creators that need to be edited or added to. In this same workflow I will frequently get documents from two different people that need to be combined into one document. The merge function in Adobe Reader DC is pretty flawless and easy to use.