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Adobe Acrobat XI Standard vs. Professional

Adobe opened the world to digitalized documenting. The “.pdf” file extension is the standard for creating and distributing documents, and Adobe Acrobat gives you the power to create and edit PDF’s for all your needs.

The question is: which edition of Adobe Acrobat XI will best accomplish your goals? Adobe Reader, Acrobat XI Standard, and Acrobat XI Professional each are designed to work with the user to get the job done. This guide will help you understand the differences between the various editions and what new features are found in recent versions of Adobe Acrobat.

 



  • Acrobat XI Product Comparison


    View, search, and print PDF files

    Create PDF files from virtually any desktop application that prints

    IMPROVED Create and send interactive PDF files from popular Microsoft Office applications or web browsers using the Acrobat task ribbon*

    Scan paper documents into PDF and create searchable text automatically

    IMPROVED Standardize routine, multistep PDF creation tasks using automated or guided Actions, working with a single file or batches of files

    NEW Use the Optimize for Web and Mobile guided Action to enhance PDF reading experiences for connected people on the go

    IMPROVED Convert PDF files to fully editable Microsoft Word or Excel files, or copy and paste selected parts

    NEW Convert PDF files to Microsoft PowerPoint files and update text, tables, objects, and master layouts with ease

    IMPROVED Turn PDF files into single or multiple HTML web pages, complete with editable style elements for quick reformatting

    NEW Edit PDF documents intuitively. Easily modify text or images, or reflow paragraphs on a page with a simple click and drag

    NEW Find and replace text throughout your PDF file in just one step

    IMPROVED Organize multiple documents in one PDF file, including spreadsheets, emails, scanned documents, websites, and photos

    IMPROVED Combine a wide range of content types into a polished PDF Portfolio. Customize with included layouts, themes, and colors

    Insert audio, Adobe Flash® Player compatible video, and interactive media for direct playback in Adobe Reader†

    Fill out PDF forms by typing directly on the page or clicking through fillable form fields

    Turn existing forms into fillable PDFs. Collect data via Microsoft SharePoint, a network folder, or the Adobe FormsCentral online service

    NEW Create new PDF or web forms in minutes with the included FormsCentral desktop app

    NEW View real-time results, displayed in easy-to-understand tables and charts, in the FormsCentral desktop app§

    Annotate documents with a complete set of commenting tools that includes sticky notes, highlights, lines, shapes, and stamps

    Manage shared reviews, collecting everyone’s feedback in one PDF and letting reviewers build on one another’s comments†

    Compare and highlight the differences between two versions of a PDF

    IMPROVED Sign a PDF file by typing or drawing your name, inserting an image of your signature, or adding a certificate signature

    NEW Add edit and copy restrictions to your PDFs quickly when working in Acrobat or popular Microsoft Office applications

    NEW Get PDF documents signed by others. Use the Adobe EchoSign® service†† to request signatures and track status online

    Remove hidden information such as metadata, attachments, and form fields with one click

    Permanently delete sensitive text and illustrations with redaction tools

    IMPROVED Standardize routine, multistep tasks with guided or automated Actions

    IMPROVED Create and validate conformance with ISO 32000 PDF standards and convert existing PDFs to ISO-compliant formats

    IMPROVED Enhance PDFs for accessibility. Check, verify, and adjust documents that need to meet WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA standards

    IMPROVED Help safeguard systems and data with robust application security, including sandboxing technology

    IMPROVED Customize application features and settings with free tools such as the Customization Wizard and the Enterprise Toolkit

    IMPROVED Easily deploy your software and update computers with support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop

    IMPROVED Deliver Acrobat and Reader as centrally managed, touch-friendly, virtual applications with support for Citrix XenApp


  • Adobe Acrobat Version Comparison


    IMPROVED Create Adobe PDF files with one-button ease from the Acrobat task ribbon in select Microsoft Office 2010 applications

    IMPROVED Turn web pages into PDF files with a single click, keeping all links intact. Now with support for Google Chrome

    Check and fix suspected errors when working with scanned images and optical character recognition (OCR)

    NEW Use the Optimize for Web and Mobile guided Action to enhance PDF reading experiences for connected people on the go

    IMPROVED Convert PDF files to fully editable Microsoft Word or Excel files, or copy and paste selected parts with formatting intact

    NEW Convert PDF files to editable Microsoft PowerPoint files, and then update text, tables, objects, and master layouts with ease

    NEW Edit PDF files intuitively with the new Edit Text & Images tool, and reflow paragraphs on a page with a simple click and drag

    NEW Find and replace text throughout your PDF file in just one step

    IMPROVED Combine documents from virtually anywhere. Now with direct support for online storage services like Microsoft Office 365

    NEW Create new PDF or web forms in minutes with the included Adobe FormsCentral desktop app

    NEW View real-time results, displayed in easy-to-understand tables and charts, in the FormsCentral desktop app

    Turn existing forms into fillable PDF forms and collect data using email, a Microsoft SharePoint server, or a network folder

    Fill out PDF forms by typing directly on the page or clicking through fillable form fields

    Use the unified Comment tool pane to add annotations, manage reviews, and view everyone’s comments in one place

    Search and filter comments to quickly find the information you need

    IMPROVED Sign a PDF file by typing or drawing your name, inserting an image, or adding a certificate signature from the new Sign pane

    NEW Send documents for signature approval with the easy-to-use Adobe EchoSign® service, and then track status online**

    NEW Add edit and copy restrictions to your PDFs quickly when working in Acrobat or popular Microsoft Office applications

    Remove sensitive or hidden information consistently every time with a guided, step-by-step Action

    IMPROVED Standardize routine, multistep PDF preparation tasks with Actions that can apply to a single file or batches of files

    NEW Finish work faster with improved Actions that let you stop, restart, skip, or rerun tasks as needed

    IMPROVED Let your IT team manage and update Actions centrally using shared directories, GPO templates, and notification options

    NEW Create and validate documents based on WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA accessibility standards for people with disabilities

    NEW Create and validate documents to conform with PDF/VT, the ISO standard for variable data and transactional printing

    IMPROVED Integrate seamlessly with Microsoft SharePoint, now with support for Mac OS and advanced metadata types

    IMPROVED Help protect systems and data with robust application security, including sandboxing technology and a new whitelist framework

    IMPROVED Easily deploy your software and update computers with support for Microsoft SCCM/SCUP and Apple Remote Desktop

    IMPROVED Deliver Acrobat and Adobe Reader® as centrally managed virtual applications with support for Citrix XenApp

    IMPROVED Customize application features and settings with free tools such as the Customization Wizard and the Enterprise Toolkit

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