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Compare Versions: Differences Between Acrobat DC vs. 2017 vs. XI

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22 thoughts on “Compare Versions: Differences Between Acrobat DC vs. 2017 vs. XI”

  1. Hi, would you happen to know if there is likely to be a standalone (non-subscription) version of Acrobat Pro 2019 later this year? Thanks.

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    • Hi Jacob, good question. And in fact, we just asked Adobe the same thing. But we have not heard of any such plans.

      However, we do know that sales of Acrobat 2017 (the most recent perpetual release available) will continue for now… Just this morning, Adobe Staff stated publicly here:

      I checked and I couldn’t find any official statement of discontinuation of selling Acrobat 2017. Adobe will continue to sell Acrobat 2017, and the End of Support date for the product version would be 6/6/2022.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Adobe DC is not worth it. First if you had Adobe 2011 you could upgrade to Adobe 2017 back in 2017 and pay even less. But even if you paid $350 for Adobe 2017, that is about 2 years of Adobe DC and then Adobe 2017 is “free.” It’s going to be supported to 2022 so you have another 3 years of “free.” Looking at the chart above, the only advantage of any significance seems to be the cloud features, but if you have OneDrive or one of the other cloud services it is redundant. You can email a document for e-signature or send a link withput having Adobe DC.

    Considering Office 365 Home gives you 5 licenses at under $9/month to Outlook, Word, Excel, One Drive with 1 TB storage per license, and more…Adobe DC is horribly overpriced.

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  3. my question is simple: does acrobat pro learn how to use more cpu cores, and more then 4 GB of memory?
    i dont see any real improvement since 9.0 in that regard…

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    • Acrobat DC is still a 32-bit application on Windows, for greatest compatibility across the largest number of customer computers and operating system versions… Are you running into any particular performance issues? The only way that should really happen is if you are dealing with truly massive (multi-gigabyte) PDF files that could possibly exceed the application’s 4GB size of memory space.

      On macOS, all versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader since 2015 (i.e., Acrobat DC, 2015, and 2017) have been 64-bit-native applications.

      For more information or to ask a follow-up question on this topic, see this related Adobe Forums post:

      How Do I Change from Acrobat 32-bit to Acrobat 64-bit?

    • All right, but are you running into any particular performance issues when using the 32-bit Acrobat on Windows? The only way that should really happen when using it is if you are dealing with truly massive (multi-gigabyte) PDF files that could possibly exceed the application’s 4GB size of memory space… Otherwise there should be little difference in function or performance.

  4. I do work with files larger than a 1GB, but have run into issues with files under 2GB. I find 4000 pages to be about as many as it will reliably manipulate. I recognize many don’t need the size but why not move to an x64 platform already.

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    • We agree that Adobe should work towards releasing a native 64-bit version of Acrobat, as they gradually have been doing for all applications they produce… Hopefully it’s coming soon.

  5. @ProDesignTools

    My company signed up for the subscription-based product ONLY because they didn’t know they could buy it and be done. They are now budgeting to by it and be done with subscriptions (A.K.A. Death by a thousand cuts). IF you don’t need all the features, then why pay for it? Waste of money.

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    • No. Each major perpetual release of Acrobat would need to be relicensed; in other words, an specific upgrade purchased.

      Only current subscribers to Acrobat DC (Standard or Pro) receive free updates across different versions.

      Plus Creative Cloud “All Apps” members get Acrobat DC (with ongoing upgrades) as well.

  6. I need copies of Adobe Acrobat Pro – without any cloud features. I bought 5 copies of the newest Pro DC and I have been fighting with it to install without the cloud. I was not successful. In 2019, I purchased an AA Pro DC Version 2019. Very nice version. No cloud. I would LOVE to be able to purchase the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (Version 2019) that doesn’t need to be access my adobe account Every Darn Time I Use Adobe. Are you still selling the Pro Version 2019?

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  7. Subscription is not worth it. Buy Nitro and it does all the tasks for less than half the price. It’s very solid and worth every penny. Stop supporting Subscription!

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    • The latest release of Adobe Acrobat Standard DC 2020 is $12.99/month.
      Acrobat Pro DC 2020 is $14.99/month.
      Both products include ongoing upgrades plus all cloud-connected services.

      Nitro Pro 13 with a one-year subscription to Nitro Cloud—online costs $159. You can add Nitro VIP Access, an annual subscription that includes unlimited product updates and premium support, for +$49.99 at time of purchase.

      So the equivalent price for Nitro is $209 for a year, versus $180 for Acrobat Pro (or $156 for Acrobat Standard)… In other words, Nitro would actually be more expensive on a comparable, apples-to-apples basis, than Adobe’s industry-standard product.

  8. What version of Acrobat Pro would be latest without subscription for a Mac Pro 2012 with High Sierra ?

    Is Distiller still included when purchasing Acrobat Pro ?

    I’m updating from Acrobat Pro version 8.

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