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Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

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Developing and promoting PDF (Portable Document Format) files for over 20 years, Adobe Acrobat has constantly been feeling the pressure of raising the bar for its signature document-management software. Even after 11 versions, Adobe Acrobat XI shows that Adobe continues to advance the process for creating and managing PDF files.

For users who don't often handle or view PDF files, or fail to see the difference between PDF editors, creators, and word processors, here's the breakdown: Adobe Acrobat focuses on giving users control over formatting document features and design, whereas word processors focus primarily on the writing process and the content of the text. When editing text, Acrobat marks text bodies, images, and ordered/unordered lists with a clear outline to let users manipulate text and make corrections with ease.

With so much recent emphasis on ribbons that span horizontally, Adobe's new tool sidebar was a surprising refreshment of the UI. Acrobat's primary tools reside in collapsible menus on the right, grouped by various functions--editing content, pages, adding objects and interactive elements, and protective measures. When it comes to editing the document layout, as opposed to the content itself, having a side column definitely felt more natural; it enables users to treat document elements like objects, much like the workflow of editing images in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.

Standard text tools like font, alignment, and wrapping are all available when editing text. In addition, users who have Adobe accounts (which are required to download trials) can also utilize Adobe's cloud features to upload and access documents from other devices.

Adobe Acrobat excels as a slick and snappy document editor, and it is certainly worth the upgrade if you're already a current owner of their previous versions. However, recommending this program depends on the frequency and type of your PDF activity. If you're only interested in simple conversion of word processor docs, look elsewhere: modern word processors already include built-in converters for PDF. However, if you're going the opposite direction (like changing complex PDF files to Word as an example) and want to create interactive forms, export PDFs to PowerPoint, or employ more flexible formatting, Acrobat XI provides a impressively arranged arsenal of document-management and editing tools. It's Adobe's best editor yet.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 161 votes

    • 5 star: 69
    • 4 star: 42
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible! Horrible! Horrible"

    April 3, 2014  |   By MaximillianInd

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    None absolutely None. Am providing half a star as providing star is mandatory

    Cons

    Does not even starts. Tried more than 5 times for nearly 4 hours. It took ages to download the installation file (in my MacBook). After downloading it will ask you to "Sign In" that will never happen. Never expected that from ADOBE at-least!

    Summary

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME downloading it! Instead try different option.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Driving me crazy!"

    April 1, 2014  |   By kt27libra

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    I'll let you know.

    Cons

    Difficulty finding features/functions I am used to using. While I have found most of them (mostly editing/markup tools just in different spots or in a new category), I cannot find how to print a comments summary only. This implies that i have to print 30 pages instead of 3. OR, write down the page #s where the comments occur and then print those pages only. This is a REGRESSION.
    OR, if there is a way to do it, it isn't obvious and trying to find help in the online help or in the Adobe community is madness.

    Summary

    I'm all for updating functionality. I just hate losing efficiencies, and not finding documentation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Only lets you scan one page at a time"

    March 12, 2014  |   By kentman333

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    Is for a 30 day free trail period

    Cons

    I thought it would let me scan multiple pages to PDF files but they limit you on the free trial version to only scanning one page at a time. In other words, it you have ten pages to scan to PDF, you have to do scan each page one at a time....so you end up with ten seperate PDF files. Will take you a long time! Plus this free version installs a ton of files on your computer and when I did the unistall, it took quite awhile because of the number of files.

    Summary

    Would not even recommend the trail version for the above reason.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "cool app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    February 15, 2014  |   By ROBBY131313

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    cool app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    cool app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The PITS in spades!"

    January 13, 2014  |   By pcheekeen

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    Portable-Yes, nothing else!

    Cons

    When I try to save, it tells me another user has it open (untrue), when I try to delete - after I've saved it somewhere else so I can save it where it belongs - same thing. It's always been bad in this way but version XI Pro is worse. I miss the typewriter. The text box doesn't work nearly as well. The program never knows where it just was seconds ago. It returns to the document I worked on yesterday. I think, given its cost, if it wasn't so useful as a portable doc format, it would have been dumped in the trash can of tech history years ago.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great"

    December 16, 2013  |   By xylex2

    Version: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11

    Pros

    Views PDF's, easy to print

    Cons

    Heavy weight compared to the built in Chrome PDF viewer

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