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Compare Versions: Differences Between Adobe Acrobat XI vs. X vs. 9

One of the most frequent upgrade questions we’re seeing asked is what’s new, what’s different, or what’s changed between the new Adobe Acrobat XI (Acrobat 11) and previous versions? Or more simply put, what are the major new features in Acrobat X (Pro or Standard), versus Acrobat X or 9? Adobe calls it, “a powerful new PDF solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges,” so these kinds of answers can help decide about upgrading…

Compare New Adobe Acrobat XI vs. Older Versions - What Features are New?

There aren’t any complete, formal reviews out yet, but here’s what some early test users are saying: “Being able to do complex things on the fly, like signing a document electron­ically or commenting on a document on an iPad, is very attractive,” and “makes it even easier and faster to create PDF forms and to auto­matically distribute and collect information with new online forms services,” plus “offers advanced document protection capabilities that are easier than ever for our staff to uniformly secure our documents.”

[ What’s the difference between the editions? See: Acrobat XI Pro vs. Standard vs. Reader ]

Adobe had four overarching goals for this release: (1) increase end-user productivity, (2) streamline collab­oration, (3) lock down information security, and (4) support working with documents on mobile devices.

With those themes in mind, here are some quick highlights of what’s new and improved:

  • User Productivity
    • Naturally edit text and images in PDFs
    • Easily convert PDF to Office formats to increase content reuse
    • Enable users to consistently follow document policies via Actions
  • Collaboration
    • Accelerate the process of gathering feedback and approvals
    • Streamline form creation, distribution, data collection and analysis
  • Information Security
    • Protect systems and lower IT costs with advanced application security
    • Make it easier for users to secure PDFs in Acrobat and Microsoft Office
  • Working Across Devices
    • Deploy touch-friendly Acrobat on tablets with Windows 8, or through Citrix XenApp
    • Enable users to reliably view and interact with PDF via Adobe Reader

For the specifics on how each of these goals was met, here are two itemized version-by-version feature compar­isons vs. previous releases – just click to see either of the two complete charts below…  The top one is for Acrobat X Pro, and the bottom is for Acrobat X Standard:

See the Acrobat XI Pro upgrade version comparison chart

See the Acrobat XI Standard upgrade version comparison chart

Bottom line, Adobe Acrobat XI looks like a smooth and solid upgrade that will make your life easier, help you get more done, and save you some time. Want to see for yourself? Just download and install the free 30-day trial.

What's New in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro?

To learn more see the excellent Acrobat XI FAQ or check out the free Acrobat XI tutorials.

See Also

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  1. Alicia

    Hi, I bought Adobe Acrobat Pro and I am trying to figure out how to redownload it to my Mac. I had to get a new hard drive an lost my old Adobe Acrobat Pro.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Candace

    My company purchased Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Standard. We have recently lost our installation disk. What needs to be done to get this on our new computer?


  3. Help desk

    The trial version of Acrobat Pro XI that I have loaded onto my MacBook Pro does not have the Tools utilities. Is that right?

    Does the educational version have the Tools utilities?

    I would be grateful if you could please provide some direction. Thank you


  4. Dean

    I have acrobat version 10.1.12 and it does not work well on my retina mac… I believe I need to upgrade to version 11. How do I do that, what is the cost?

  5. tom

    hi i have the acrobat suite cs6, but having problem with a bug in ocr text edits which recommends me to either downgrade to adobe 8 or upgrade to xi, is there any way i can downgrade my acrobat copy?

  6. tom

    sorry, i meant to say cs6 comes with adobe x pro

  7. Zak

    I downloaded the Acrobat 11 on my Mac OS-X 10.6.8 – Trying to convert a pdf doc to an editable format – I get a message:

    “This document does not allow you to save any changes you have made to it unless you are using Adobe Acrobat 9, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, or Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended 9. You will only be saving a copy of the original document.“

    Any ideas ?

  8. Milton

    Can one open pdf docs in tabs in Acrobat XI?

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