Features summary for the new release of Adobe Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud is the complete PDF solution for working anywhere with your most important documents. All-new Acrobat DC is reimagined with a simple user experience. The new Tool Center offers quick access to the tools you use most, while elegant new tool experiences work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile – including touch enabled devices.

In July the newest version of Acrobat DC was released and I will try to summarize the most interesting features

PDFMaker for Microsoft Word 2016 on Mac OS

Available in:  Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now create high-quality Adobe PDFs with live links from inside Microsoft Word 2016 (32-bit, version 15.22 or later) for Mac using the new Acrobat ribbon.

pdfmaker-for-word2016-on-mac-os

Improved text selection performance on Mac OS

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Starting with OS X 10.11, Apple has made changes in their drawing loop, which has resulted in content not being drawn in Acrobat or Reader when the mouse is dragged to select some text. To resolve this problem, Adobe has made necessary changes in Acrobat and Reader to improve the text selection performance. The changes cover all the mouse-dragging operations, such as Hand tool, Selection tool, Tabs, Annotations, Editing, and so on.

Enhanced Unicode support in Web Capture

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Support for 36 new languages and 83 new Unicode ranges are added in Web Capture.

Changing theme does not require relaunch

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

When you change the theme in Acrobat or Reader (View > Display Theme > Dark Gray/Light Gray), the theme is applied immediately; relaunch of application is not required.

Show specific icons for cloud files based on their location

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

For cloud files, Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC now shows specific icons next to their names based on their location. The icons are displayed in the recent file list, File menu, and Custom open/save dialogs.

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Modern commenting features are now available in Acrobat DC Classic

Available in: Acrobat DC Classic and Continuous

All the new and improved commenting features, introduced in the May 2016 release of Acrobat DC Continuous, are now also available in Acrobat DC Classic.

The Add Note to Replace Text tool is available on the Comment toolbar

Available in: Acrobat DC Classic and Continuous

The Add Note to Replace Text tool, which was removed from the Comment toolbar in the previous release, is now added back to the toolbar.

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Set Acrobat as the default owner of PDF files on Windows 10

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

On Windows 10 Threshold 2 or later, Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat is no longer the default owner of PDF files. To provide ownership of PDF files to Adobe Acrobat, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch Acrobat. After a few seconds, Acrobat detects that it is not the default owner and shows a prompt as shown below.default-ownership_prompt
  2. Click Yes. An information dialog box is displayed; it indicates the steps required to make this change.set_acrobat_as_default_db
  3. Click Continue. Acrobat launches the Set Default Programs dialog box
  4. Choose Adobe Acrobat DC in the Programs list. Click Set this program as default, and then click OK.set_default_program_Windows

Mobile Link discontinued from Acrobat and Reader

Removed from: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Mobile Link is discontinued in Acrobat and Reader. The feature-specific sections on UI are also removed.

  • Recent files will still be available and you can continue accessing PDFs you uploaded to Adobe Document Cloud from your Recent list across all your devices.
  • You will still have the option to store and share files in Document Cloud.

Get started with quick tips and walkthroughs

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

New or first time users can now quickly learn to use key Acrobat DC features with quick tips and guided walkthroughs in the Home view.

When you launch Acrobat, you see Get Started with Acrobat DC options in the Home view. Choose an option to see the related guided tour or a quick video.

Get_started_1

For a guided tour, a series of hints appear progressively within the product – the next hint appears only when you act on the current hint.

Get a link to the Acrobat Reader mobile app from within Acrobat

Acrobat can now send a text message on your mobile device with links (iOS App store/Google Play store) to install the Acrobat Reader mobile app.

  1. Ensure you’re signed in; you see your name in the upper-right corner if you’re signed in.
  2. Choose the Get the Acrobat Reader mobile app option (one of the options shown in the screenshot above).
  3. In the Go Mobile dialog, choose an appropriate country, enter your mobile number, and then click Text me a link.Go_mobile
  4. Acrobat sends a message on your device. Follow the instructions in the message to complete the installation of the mobile app.

User interface modernization – a new dark gray theme

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

In addition to the Light Gray theme, Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC now has a new Dark Gray theme, which is in line with other Creative Cloud products, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. This theme enables a pleasant visual experience, especially while working with rich colors and designs. It also makes cross-application work simpler than ever.

By default, the theme continues to be Light Gray. To change it to Dark Gray, go to View > Display Theme > Dark Gray, and then relaunch Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC.

Dark_gray_theme

Box and OneDrive connectors in Acrobat

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

You can now easily store and access files from your Box and OneDrive Consumer or Business file storage account while working in Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC on your desktop.

Once you add Box or OneDrive accounts from the Home view or the custom Open or Save dialog box, you can easily perform standard operations on the files from within Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC – open, save as, create PDF, export PDF, and attach to email.

Box_OneDrive_Connector_HomeView

Custom_SaveAs

Once the accounts are added, you see an entry of the same in the left pane and listing of files and folders in the right pane. Now all the actions specific to the selected file type are available for you from here, and also from the custom Open or Save dialog box.

HomeView_connectors

Modern interface for Scan app

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

The Scan tool now has a new simplified interface. The new interface makes it easy for you to quickly scan paper documents to PDFs using the default settings or a preset. It also makes it easy for you to tweak scan settings from the same interface using radio buttons, a gear icon, or both (wherever applicable).

To access the app, go to Tools > Create PDF > Scanner. The new interface is displayed whenever you get into the Create or Insert PDF from scanner workflow.

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New and improved commenting experience

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Give and get fast, clear feedback with all-new commenting tools and an intuitive, touch-friendly interface.

  • Customize the comment toolbar to see the features you use.
  • Easily change the color, font, or size of comment text.
  • Easily view and navigate through comments – page based organization in the comments pane, group comments by page, author, and date.
  • Reply to Sticky Notes with a single-thread experience – each annotation is like a conversation and all replies appear like a single-thread experience.
  • Tap on fillable text fields to bring up the soft keyboard on touch-enabled devices.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts for commenting actions – delete, replace, or add note to text. (When you open the Comment tool, the text markup shortcuts are enabled by default.)
  • Use the new Highlighter pen to mark up scanned documents without the need to run OCR.

Customize the Comment toolbar

Right-click on the Comment toolbar and then choose Customize Comment Tools from the context menu.

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In the Customize Comment Tools dialog box, choose the tools that you use frequently.

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Easily change the color, font or size of comment text

Easily discover and modify text highlight color – the Color Picker is available on the Comment toolbar.

Text formatting tools appear automatically for typewriter and text box tools. The moment you click anywhere on a page, the Text Properties pop-up menu appears below the Comment toolbar.

text-formatting-tools

Easily view and navigate through comments

Page-based organization in the comments pane.

Page_based_organization

Reply to Sticky Notes with a single-thread experience

Each annotation is now equivalent to a conversation and all replies appear like a single-thread experience.

reply-experience

PDFMaker for PowerPoint 2016 (Mac OS)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now create high-quality Adobe PDFs with live links from inside Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (32-bit, version 15.19 or later) for Mac using the new Acrobat ribbon.

Host shared review on SharePoint or Office 365 sites (Mac OS)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Now you can initiate SharePoint or Office 365 sites-based review on Mac OS.

For more information, see Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites.

Thumbnail previews on 64-bit machines (Windows)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Getting a thumbnail preview of PDF files on Windows explorer is now supported for 64-bit platforms as well. To enable this, go to Preferences > General and then select Enable PDF thumbnail previews in Windows Explorer.

Full read aloud options

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Screen readers can now read aloud the Home view and the Save As dialog box options, improving access for users with visual impairments.

Change default font for fallback in PDF editing and Add Text

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

You can now choose a specific font for both Add Text and the fallback option in edit text features using the two new font options under the Content Editing preferences.

For more information, see Change default font for fallback in PDF editing and Add Text.

Improved OCR accuracy for Asian languages

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

The accuracy of optical character recognition is improved significantly when scanning documents written in Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Tabbed interface enhancements

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Confirmation before closing application when multiple tabs are open

When you close Acrobat DC with multiple tabs or documents open, a confirmation prompt is displayed so that you don’t accidentally close documents that you may want to keep open.

Confirmation_prompt

Also, a new preference is introduced to reset the confirmation prompt – Edit > Preferences > General > Prompt before closing multiple tabs. By default, it’s ON.

Tile tabs vertically or horizontally

When you have multiple documents opened, you can now compare them side-by-side by tiling tabs vertically or horizontally using the Tile option on the Window menu (Window > Tile > Horizontally/Vertically). It snaps out the tabs as separate windows and tile them accordingly

Tile_Vertically

Tile_Horizontally

Host shared review on SharePoint/Office 365 sites (Windows)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Now you can host shared reviews on SharePoint/Office 365 sites.

For more information, see Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites.

Participate in Office 365 SharePoint based reviews (Mac OS)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Mac users can now participate in Office 365 SharePoint based reviews.

Mac Home view

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

When you close all PDFs, the Home view is closed by default.

Windows Threshold 2 Support

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Acrobat/Reader DC and XI are now supported on Windows Threshold 2.

Mac Office 2016 support

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

Acrobat now supports PDF creation from Office 2016 on Mac from Create PDF workflows within Acrobat.

Adobe ID sign-in optional for serialized deployment (volume users only)

Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic

End users don’t have to create an Adobe ID to use Acrobat DC as Adobe has made signing in optional for serialized deployments

//Tobias

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