The best PDF solution just keeps getting better.

Whether you choose Acrobat Standard DC or Acrobat Pro DC, the world’s best digital document software has plenty to offer.

And with Acrobat DC for teams and Acrobat DC for enterprise, you get access to the latest features as soon as they are released.

Buying options

There are three ways to get Adobe Acrobat. You can purchase Acrobat DC for teams or Acrobat DC for enterprise subscription licenses through Adobe’s Value Incentive Plan (VIP), which allows you to streamline deployment and management and maximize savings. Or you can purchase Acrobat 2020 as a perpetual license through CLP.

Use this chart to help you determine which version is the best fit for your organization.

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  Acrobat 2020
(perpetual)
Acrobat DC for teams
(subscription)
Acrobat DC for enterprise
(subscription)
Ideal for

Organizations that require desktop software and limited free services

Small to midsize businesses or departments that need desktop, mobile, and web workflows as well as premium services

Midsize to large businesses or departments that need desktop, mobile, and web workflows as well as premium services

PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Acrobat desktop software

Free Adobe Document Cloud services, which let you:
  • Access recent files across devices
  • Store and share files online
  • Complete and sign forms using data from personal autofill collection



Premium Document Cloud services, which let you:

  • Create, combine, export, and edit PDFs across desktop, web, or mobile devices
  • Edit, organize, and protect PDFs on iOS or Android
  • Sign PDFs and collect signatures from others
  • Send and share important documents online
  • Create, combine, and export PDFs in SharePoint, Google Drive, and Box
  • Create, share, collaborate, and approve assets and agreements in Microsoft Teams
  • Send files for review and collect comments from multiple reviewers in a single shared online PDF
 

Online document storage 2GB 100GB 100GB
Access to the newest features as soon as they are available at no extra cost  

MANAGEMENT & DEPLOYMENT
License management portal Adobe Licensing Website Admin Console for teams Admin Console for enterprise
Ability to add and reassign licenses through a web-based console  

Individually remove, assign, and reassign licenses by group or by product    
One easy place to manage Acrobat DC and Adobe Creative Cloud licenses  

Centralized IT deployment tools (self-install option also available)


Automatically remove users who leave the company when Federated ID (SSO) is enabled    
Ability to set up multiple types of administrators    
Streamline installation and configuration with Microsoft SCCM/SCUP, Apple Remote Desktop, and Adobe Customization Wizard


SECURITY
User identity management   Adobe ID Federated ID with single sign-on (SSO), Enterprise ID, or Adobe ID

Dedicated encryption key for at-rest assets

   
Ability to control access to services (turn on/off) Controllable via the Customization Wizard only Controllable via the Customization Wizard only
DEDICATED HELP & SUPPORT
Online tutorials


Technical support for IT   24x5 advanced support 24x7 enterprise support
Expert support for users  

Two sessions per user per year

Unlimited
Ability to open and track support cases from the Admin Console    
Dedicated onboarding help    

 With 50+ licenses

PURCHASING
License type Perpetual Subscription Subscription
Buying program CLP/TLP
Purchase in one simple transaction or get a cumulative discount over two years
VIP
Subscription licensing program that makes it convenient for organizations of all sizes to purchase, deploy, and manage Adobe products 
VIP
Subscription licensing program that makes it convenient for organizations of all sizes to purchase, deploy, and manage Adobe products
Volume discount Discount on 50 and 100 seats for full-seat purchases through CLP Discount on 10+ licenses of Acrobat DC, Creative Cloud, or a combination of Acrobat DC and Creative Cloud Discount on 10+ licenses of Acrobat DC, Creative Cloud, or a combination of Acrobat DC and Creative Cloud

Product comparison

Compare the features of Acrobat Pro DC to Acrobat Standard DC subscription.

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  ACROBAT STANDARD DC
(SUBSCRIPTION)
ACROBAT PRO DC
(SUBSCRIPTION)
Compatible with Windows Windows
and Mac
MANAGE AND INTERACT WITH PDFs
View, interact with, and comment on PDF content from your computer, mobile device, or web browser

Access a list of documents you need to view, review, or sign along with detailed information about the task

Get alerts across devices when others view, review, or sign documents—or request actions from you
Store, manage, and share files online with instant access to recently viewed files across devices

Access, edit, and store PDFs in your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive accounts

Open multiple PDFs in a single window with tabbed viewing

Customize your Acrobat experience by choosing the default light theme or the new dark theme
Be more productive on the latest touch-enabled devices including Surface Pro, iPad, and Android tablets O
Make the most of the Touch Bar built into MacBook Pro  
Compare two versions of a PDF using an easy-to-scan results summary showing all the differences  
Access your most important files easily across devices by simply starring the file
CREATE AND PROTECT PDFs
Create PDFs using your computer, mobile device, or web browser

Create high-quality, protected PDFs in Microsoft 365 for Mac and Microsoft 365 online apps
Create, combine, and convert PDF files from your SharePoint or OneDrive toolbar

Turn Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (AI), or InDesign (INDD) files into PDFs
Create PDFs from any application that prints

Convert documents and images to PDFs, or web pages to interactive PDFs with links

Create, protect, and send PDFs in popular Microsoft 365 desktop apps for Windows

Combine multiple documents and file types into one PDF file

Convert web pages to interactive PDFs, complete with links

Prevent others from copying, editing, or printing sensitive information in PDFs

Create password-protected PDFs

Convert or validate PDFs for compliance with ISO standards like PDF/A or PDF/X  
Create and fix PDFs to meet accessibility standards for people with disabilities  
Prepare PDFs consistently with guided actions  
Redact to permanently remove sensitive information in PDFs  
EDIT AND CONVERT PDFs
Convert PDFs to other file formats from your computer, mobile device, or web browser
Edit text and images in a PDF on iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, or Chromebook with Android support    
Edit text and images in a PDF with full-page paragraph reflow from your desktop O
Convert PDFs to editable Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files with formatting accuracy

Convert PDFs to JPEG, TIFF, or PNG image formats

Insert, delete, and organize pages in a PDF

Create numbered or bulleted lists without reformatting

Edit text and images and organize pages in a PDF on your iOS or Android tablet O
Turn scanned paper documents into instantly searchable, editable PDFs with fonts that match the original  
Add audio, video, and interactive objects to your PDFs  
Preflight and prepare files for high-end print production  
Add Bates numbering to legal documents  
FILL, SIGN, COMMENT ON, AND SHARE PDFs
Share PDF links so others can view, comment on, or sign, and get notified when the recipients take action

Collect legally binding e-signatures from others, and track responses in real time

Digitally sign, certify, and verify documents

Turn paper or Microsoft Word files into fillable PDF forms

Fill, sign, and send locked forms fast from your computer with smart autofill

Collect comments from multiple people in one PDF online with no sign-in required for reviewers

Write or draw more smoothly and accurately right in your PDF with the improved Pen tool that leverages DirectInk technology
Comment on PDFs with a full suite of markup tools, including text editing, highlighting, and sticky notes
Host SharePoint-based reviews on Microsoft 365 sites from Windows or macOS O
DEPLOY AND MANAGE ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION
Use a web console to add, remove, reassign, and track licenses; manage users and groups; and set up multiple admin roles

Deploy Acrobat Pro, Standard, and Reader product and updates from your local server with AUSST, and deploy automatically with RUM

Use virtualization tools with support for serialized or named user licensing for Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon, Microsoft App-V, and Microsoft Windows Terminal Server (WTS) 

Safeguard systems and data with application security and sandboxing technology

Customize features and settings with the Acrobat Customization Wizard DC and Enterprise Toolkit

Deploy and update with Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop

 

          O  Denotes a portion of the capability

Acrobat version comparison

See what a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC can do for you—enhanced with premium features in the Acrobat Reader mobile app and Adobe Document Cloud services.

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  ACROBAT PRO DC 2017
(PERPETUAL)
ACROBAT PRO 2020
(PERPETUAL)

ACROBAT PRO DC
(SUBSCRIPTION)
       
MANAGE AND INTERACT WITH PDFs
View, interact with, and comment on PDF content from your computer, mobile device, or web browser    
Access a list of documents you need to view, review, or sign along with detailed information about the task    
Get alerts across devices when others view, review, or sign documents—or request actions from you    
Store, manage, and share files online with instant access to recently viewed files across devices O O
Access, edit, and store PDFs in your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive accounts O O
Open multiple PDFs in a single window with tabbed viewing

Customize your Acrobat experience by choosing the default light theme or the new dark theme
Be more productive on the latest touch-enabled devices including Surface Pro, iPad, and Android tablets    
Make the most of the Touch Bar built into MacBook Pro    
Compare two versions of a PDF using an easy-to-scan results summary showing all the differences  

Access your most important files easily across devices by simply starring the file        
Manage all your work from the Home view—your single place to organize, manage, and search for all your PDFs  
CREATE AND PROTECT PDFs
Create PDFs using your computer, mobile device, or web browser    
Create high-quality, protected PDFs in Microsoft 365 for Mac and Microsoft 365 online apps    
Create, combine, and convert PDF files from your SharePoint or OneDrive toolbar    
Turn Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (AI), or InDesign (INDD) files into PDFs    
Create PDFs from any application that prints


Convert documents and images into PDFs


Create, protect, and send PDFs in popular Microsoft 365 desktop apps for Windows


Combine multiple documents and file types into one PDF file


Convert web pages to interactive PDFs, complete with links


Prevent others from copying, editing, or printing sensitive information in PDFs

Create password-protected PDFs


Convert or validate PDFs for compliance with ISO standards like PDF/A or PDF/X


Create and fix PDFs to meet accessibility standards for people with disabilities O O
Prepare PDFs consistently with guided actions


EDIT AND CONVERT PDFs
Convert PDFs into other file formats from your computer, mobile device, or web browser   O
Edit text and images in a PDF on iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, or Chromebook with Android support    
Edit text and images in a PDF with full-page paragraph reflow from your desktop


Convert PDFs into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files with formatting accuracy

Convert PDFs to JPEG, TIFF, or PNG image formats


Insert, delete, and organize pages in a PDF from your computer, tablet or mobile phone O O
Create numbered or bulleted lists without reformatting


Turn scanned paper documents into instantly searchable, editable PDFs with fonts that match the original

Add audio, video, and interactive objects to your PDFs


Redact to permanently remove sensitive information in PDFs


Preflight and prepare files for high-end print production


Use Preflight libraries to get customized sets of profiles, checks, and corrections  
Add Bates numbering to legal documents


FILL, SIGN, COMMENT ON, AND SHARE PDFs
Share PDF links so others can view, comment on, or sign, and get notified when the recipients take action    
Collect legally binding e-signatures from others, and track responses in real time    
Digitally sign, certify, and verify documents
Turn paper or Microsoft Word files into fillable PDF forms


Fill, sign, and send locked forms fast from your computer with smart autofill
Collect comments from multiple people in one PDF online with no sign-in required for reviewers    
Write and draw more smoothly and accurately right in your PDF with the improved Pen tool that leverages DirectInk technology   
Comment on PDFs with a full suite of markup tools including text editing, highlighting, and sticky notes
Host SharePoint-based reviews on Microsoft 365 sites from Windows or macOS
DEPLOY AND MANAGE ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION
Use a web console to add, remove, reassign, and track licenses; manage users and groups; and set up multiple admin roles    
Deploy Acrobat Pro, Standard, and Reader product and updates from your local server with the Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST), and deploy automatically with Remote Update Manager (RUM)
Use virtualization tools with support for serialized or named user licensing for Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon, Microsoft App-V, and Microsoft Windows Terminal Server (WTS)
Safeguard systems and data with application security and sandboxing technology
Customize features and settings with the Customization Wizard and Enterprise Toolkit
Deploy and update with Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop

 

          O  Denotes a portion of the capability