Why Adobe Acrobat Pro Is a Must-Have For PDF Users

Adobe Acrobat Pro stands as the gold standard when it comes to PDF editors, with its extensive set of features making it indispensable for serious PDF users. Although not necessarily user-friendly, Acrobat Pro should be included as part of any serious PDF user’s toolbox.

Legal and financial industries find this software particularly helpful with its e-signature capability and document redaction features, not to mention its ability to turn web pages or entire websites into PDFs while maintaining text encoding and paragraph direction.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR technology uses optical character recognition (OCR) to turn machine-encoded text into editable and selectable text, making scanned documents, scene photos or subtitled images editable and searchable. Adobe Acrobat Pro uses OCR technology to transform paper documents into PDF files with selectable text that makes editing and searching simpler than ever.

First steps in OCR involve scanning a document. This helps eliminate variables that could contribute to mistakes, like dust particles or misalignment of images, as well as standardizing document size and fonts so the OCR software can focus its analysis solely on text recognition rather than visual artifacts.

Once a document has been scanned, OCR software compares each letter pixel against an existing database of fonts to find its closest match. More sophisticated forms of OCR go further by dissecting each image into its component parts such as curves and corners before matching those physical features with letters based on internal dictionaries for accuracy.

This feature can be particularly helpful when converting handwritten or typed documents to PDF, helping reduce both review time and human error during this process.

Adobe Sensei, the artificial intelligence built into Acrobat Pro DC, allows you to scan a document and instruct it which areas need fillable forms. Furthermore, this smart feature can even identify which font should be used for each section, saving time in filling them in yourself!

Acrobat Pro provides various ways to collaborate and work with PDFs, from merging multiple files together into one to adding annotations and comments, redact sensitive information and enhanced e-signature capabilities. It integrates seamlessly with Microsoft apps and systems like Office 365 for seamless workflow management and easy use.

Fill-in Forms

Fillable forms enable individuals to enter information electronically onto a PDF document, providing a quick way for people to create business documents like letters, invoices and receipts electronically. They can also be used for digitally signing documents using web browsers such as Chrome and Edge or software such as Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Dependent upon the type of form field, there are a variety of properties you can set to alter its behavior. For instance, information entered into one field should automatically populate other form fields, or limit what information can be entered. Custom scripts can also be activated. You select these properties via an appropriate dialog box depending on your chosen form field type.

The Form Field Properties dialog box also allows you to choose a font and how text displays in PDF files. Choose either a fixed-size font for easier reading, or choose Auto option so the software automatically sizes each field based on its contents. Furthermore, you can change its location within PDF document or even duplicate fields across multiple pages for distribution purposes.

If you would like other Acrobat Reader users to be able to save the data they type into your form, Acrobat Professional and Pro Extended provide Form Field Tools which allow this. To do this, open your form for editing and select File > Save As Other > Acrobat Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools (Including Form Fill-in & Sign). Before autofilling critical forms with private information, be sure to test this process by saving nonsensitive data for the form and viewing it through Acrobat first.


Adobe Acrobat Pro provides you with a host of tools for supporting e-signature workflows. You can quickly and easily create PDFs for signature with just a single click and track their signing process from start to finish, helping meet compliance requirements while keeping work organized.

Create and send documents for signature using Acrobat Pro DC or Adobe Document Cloud. When creating a document, you have the option of pre-populating signature fields or using free-form tools to capture digital signatures of signers. After sending, email with links is sent directly to them with instructions on how to e-sign the document on their computers or mobile devices; while its original file remains within Document Cloud so audit purposes or identity verification can easily be conducted later.

E-signature processes are straightforward for document creators and signers alike, making the signing experience hassle-free. Once selected, document creators enter signature details before inserting signature into document for viewing by signer. If the document needs corrections it can easily be sent out again for signature tracking; document creators can even set password protection to limit changes made in PDF file.

Adobe Document Cloud offers a secure global platform for collecting and managing electronic signatures. Built on open standards and with local identity verification through hundreds of certificate authorities, timestamp providers, and trust service providers (TSPs), this solution complies with numerous regulations worldwide – to make sure you use the appropriate type of e-signature for every situation, consult with your compliance team first.


Collaborating on PDF documents is a must for teams working remotely. Adobe Acrobat Pro’s tools and features offer teams an essential means of staying on the same page to eliminate confusion, delays and costly mistakes when working together on PDFs together – thus improving productivity and efficiency while cutting down costs associated with redundant tasks like redoing edits or tracking down comments/feedback.

For optimal PDF collaboration, it is vital that teams develop a protocol outlining how each will collaborate. This may involve setting clear and defined procedures for reviewing and commenting on documents, setting timelines and checking-in regularly to make sure progress is being made. Adding annotations, sticky notes and comments helps the file remain organized and easily searchable so all collaborators can quickly locate each other’s contributions quickly and efficiently.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC includes an array of collaboration tools designed to facilitate real-time collaboration on PDF documents among team members irrespective of device or location. Simply share a link and invite collaborators to make real-time comments from any browser or mobile device; track changes and set deadlines while staying apprised of new or updated comments – Adobe Acrobat Pro DC makes working on PDFs together effortless!

PDF documents can also be protected with password security to restrict viewing by only those with access. This option is particularly beneficial to businesses that want to restrict editing of files while maintaining their integrity; and can help enhance productivity while safeguarding confidential and private information.


PDFs that you share online or via email can be protected with encryption to keep any confidential content safe and ensure only authorized individuals can gain access to it.

Password security is another means of PDF protection, and involves using an encryption password which requires an unlock key in order to decrypt. Unfortunately, passwords may be shared among unauthorized users making them less effective than other forms of protection.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a form of PDF security that enables you to oversee the use of documents, including access, printing, copying and editing. DRM works by storing policies on a server and applying those rules in real-time when reviewing PDF content; additionally it may restrict access to specific IP addresses or devices.

Beyond encryption, PDFs can also be secured using digital ID and certificate security features. These features prevent fraud by providing unique, encrypted identifiers for documents and people – providing assurances that a document has not been altered since its creation and was signed by trusted parties.

Another way to protect PDFs is through best practices, such as regularly backing up and updating software, which helps prevent data loss while improving project security. Safe browsing practices – downloading files only from trustworthy sources – reduce the risk of malware and phishing attacks hidden inside PDFs. You should also ensure all employees have access to tools they require for productive work – this might mean upgrading to Adobe Acrobat Pro which offers continuous security updates as well as features such as sandboxing for malware confinement and single sign-on for authentication of users.

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