Adobe Reader for Mac

Adobe Reader for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 58 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
11.0.09
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
September 16, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
4,309,806
Downloads Last Week:
3,754
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Reliable and useful, Adobe Reader for Mac proves to be an essential application for reading, printing, and commenting on PDF files.

Pros

Good functionality: With Adobe Reader for Mac, you can do more than just view PDF files -- you can edit them as well, adding text and placing check marks and initials. It also lets you submit forms created with fillable form fields. This is especially helpful since nowadays many forms that you download from the Internet require you to use it to fill in the blanks.

Supports signatures: With this app you can add your signature onto files. This is an especially useful feature when you need to fill in and return a form or sign a document, but you don't have a working printer close by. You can choose to either type your signature, import a picture of your signature, or draw it using a mouse or trackpad.

Streamlined interface: Although the amount of features is impressive for a free application, the interface is clearly laid out and easy to navigate.

Reliable: It opens and displays files of all sizes, even large ones with many detailed images, quickly and smoothly. We have not experienced any technical glitches. Also, updates are released regularly.

Cons

Some advanced features require subscription: Adobe Reader doesn't have a paid version. Instead, if you want to take advantage of some of the more advanced features, you must sign up for a monthly subscription that starts at $1.99 a month. Two of these advanced features are emailing files directly from the application, and converting PDF files to other formats, including to Word.

Bottom Line

Adobe Reader proves to be the most functional, free PDF reader and editor available. Admittedly, Preview for Mac does share some of the features available on Adobe Reader, but not all of them. Besides, most fillable forms that you download from the Internet were originally created using other Adobe products and therefore must be filled out using Adobe Reader. This is a must-have application for all Mac users.

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  • All Versions:

    2.6

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 27
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  • 3 stars

    "Must have app on the Mac... Really?"

    May 17, 2014   |   By McLederer

    Version: Adobe Reader 11.0.07

    Pros

    It can read PDFs. This is a Big deal on Windows, but on a Mac it's just redundant software.

    Cons

    Doesn't add any capability beyond the free and apple support Preview app.

    Summary

    CNET review sounds like an advert from Adobe. I'm wondering if the review was paid for by Adobe. How can your review fail to compare it to Apple supported Prevew app.

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  • 1 stars

    "Sledgehammer sold as a nutcracker"

    May 04, 2014   |   By joejoes2

    Version: Adobe Reader 11.0.04

    Pros

    Helps you open PDF files

    Cons

    ENORMOUS
    it keeps putting a shortcut on your desktop for no reason
    once you've installed it seems to spend most of its time complaining that you haven't paid it enough attention or installed another enormous update

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  • 1 stars

    "A complete PITA on my Mac."

    February 05, 2014   |   By cydcharisse

    Version: Adobe Reader 11.0.04

    Pros

    For this occasional user there is nothing to recommend.

    Cons

    Despite making Preview my default PDF opener, Reader insinuated on every PDF I tried to open on the web. I needed Reader for only 1 site but the thing took over every effort to open any PDF.. Fail Fail Fail

    Summary

    It's bloated and acts like a hog. I hated it.

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  • 1 stars

    "No stars from me except min. reqd. to post this review:"

    March 15, 2013   |   By psquare11

    Version: Adobe Reader 11.0.02

    Pros

    No comment.

    Cons

    Just noticed that this is the first review for this version (v. 11.0.02). I was shocked to find that this update was taking an inordinate amount of time to install, and the time indicator just kept climbing...
    when it reached more than an hour and thirty-nine minutes, I decided to abort the install process. I use the old ver. infrequently enough to realize I don't need A-R.

    Summary

    Why does Cnet post reviews of past versions when most readers find only the current ver. is germane? Goodbye Adobe.

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  • 2 stars

    "does not work consistent across mac and windows"

    October 24, 2012   |   By mdembski

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1.4

    Pros

    generally works

    Cons

    bloat, program is way to big, forms filled in on MAC don't display correctly on Windows and vice versa

    Summary

    Needs good competition, Reader has turned into bloat that does not really work well.

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  • 2 stars

    "Does not work with Firefox under OS X"

    June 24, 2012   |   By pcahan

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1.3

    Pros

    Runs fine as a stand alone.

    Cons

    Can not open inside browser.
    Plugin for Firefox does not work.

    Summary

    If you use Firefox on a Mac running OS X, disable the plugin until it is fixed. You can still view PDFs in Adobe Reader external to Firefox; it's a pain, but better than crashing.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not what it use to be!"

    February 18, 2012   |   By TexHarry

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1.2

    Pros

    I liked the older verisons, can't get the new ones to work!

    Cons

    Have been trying to get adobe reader to work on my new windows 7 machine. Downloads okay, will read files already on machine.
    When trying to read new files. explorer tells me I must have version 9, which I do. Have been unable to get any help.

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  • 2 stars

    "Bloat-tastic!"

    January 29, 2012   |   By WonderWoofy

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1.2

    Pros

    If you dislike free space on your hard drive, this is the solution for you!!!

    Cons

    >400MB!?!?!? To view a pdf... Although that is with the plug-in. It is ~225MB for the actual application... sooo ~200MB for a plug-in!?!?!? What in gods name do they put in there?

    Summary

    If you are using a Mac, and you don't need 3D pdf support... move along. This is just more horrible free proprietary software from Adobe. It is unfortunate that 99.9% of people think they need this and Flash.

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  • 2 stars

    "Could be better"

    December 28, 2011   |   By ElizaWinter

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1.1

    Pros

    good features

    Cons

    all good feautures work slowly/ maybe the reason in a big size

    Summary

    nice reader, but if it won't be so slow - could be much better

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  • 1 stars

    "bloated adn slow"

    July 30, 2011   |   By ik242

    Version: Adobe Reader 10.1

    Pros

    up to date, google chrome does not nagg every 5 seconds to upgrade as it does with version 9 for example (i like version 9 better)

    Cons

    way too slow. i don't want software to dominate my PC, i just want it to do what I want

    Summary

    downgraded to 9, try to keep it that way...

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