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Adobe Acrobat Pro DC running on Windows 8. Other editions of Acrobat DC (Standard and Reader) feature a similar interface.
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The family comprises Acrobat Reader (formerly Adobe Reader), Acrobat (formerly Acrobat Exchange) and Acrobat.com. The freeware Acrobat Reader, available for several desktop and mobile platforms, can view, print and annotate PDF files. The commercial proprietary Acrobat, available for Microsoft Windows and OS X only, can also create, edit, convert, digitally sign, encrypt, export and publish PDF files. Acrobat.com complements the family with a variety of enterprise content management and file hosting services.
Since the early 1990s the Acrobat product has had several competitors, some of which used their own document formats, such as:
- AnyView from Binar Graphics company
- Common Ground from No Hands Software company
- Envoy from WordPerfect Corporation
- Folio from NextPage company
- Replica from Netopia (formerly Farallon Computing)
- WorldView from Interleaf company
- DjVu from AT&T Laboratories
By the late 1990s PDF had become the de facto standard format. This has resulted in the development of both free and commercial programs that create or manipulate PDF files. Adobe also allows third parties to develop Acrobat plug-ins, which can add extra functions to the Acrobat program.
Adobe has changed the names of the products of the Acrobat set several times, also dividing, merging, or discontinuing products. Initially, the name "Acrobat" was used as the parent name of a set of products which included Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Exchange and Acrobat Distiller. Over time Acrobat Reader became Reader; and the name Acrobat Exchange was simplified to Acrobat. Between version 3 and 5, Standard and Professional versions were one product known simply as Acrobat.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (for Windows 7 and above. Reader X is the last supported version for Windows Vista). For more information, refer to the Reader DC system requirements here.
- Adobe Acrobat Standard DC (Acrobat specs can be found here).
- Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
Mobile applications with the Document Cloud (DC) launch:
- Adobe Acrobat DC (mobile app on iOS and Android)
- Fill n Sign app
- e-Sign manager
Acrobat.com (Online services):
- Personal Storage
Unlike most other Adobe products, such as members of Adobe Creative Suite family, the Acrobat products do not have icons that display two letters on a colored rectangle.
Internationalization and localization
Adobe Acrobat is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Arabic and Hebrew versions are available from WinSoft International, Adobe Systems' internationalization and localization partner.
Specific features for Arabic and Hebrew languages
The Arabic and Hebrew versions are developed specifically for these languages, which are normally written right-to-left. These versions include special TouchUp properties to manage digits, ligatures option and paragraph direction in right-to-left Middle Eastern scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian, as well as standard left-to-right Indian scripts such as Devanagari and Gujarati. The Web Capture feature can convert single web pages or entire web sites into PDF files, while preserving the content's original text encoding. Acrobat can also copy Arabic and Hebrew text to the system clipboard in its original encoding; if the target application is also compatible with the text encoding, then the text will appear in the correct script.
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The latest security bulletins from Adobe are published on their Security bulletins and advisories page. There have been security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat on January 10, April 10 and August 14, 2012, and January 8, 2013.
September 2006 warning
February 2009 warning
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David Kierznowski, a penetration testing expert specializing in Web application testing, has released proof-of-concept code and rigged PDF files to demonstrate how the Adobe Reader program could be used to initiate attacks without any user action.
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