Adobe Acrobat XI Pro review

As the flagship product of the company that devised PDF, Acrobat XI Pro is the package in opposition to which different PDF editors are typically compared. It’s also the most costly by a significant margin, however is its status justified and, for that matter, does it really represent good value for money?

Since XI Pro was released over years ago this hints at a mature product with little in the way of helpful features still to be added. Considerably unusually, then, one feature is within the process of being withdrawn: integration with FormsCentral. This was a subscription-primarily based service for the creation and management of on-line forms. Adobe says this is being retired as a result of lack of help and to permit the company to concentrate on mainstream PDF creation.

Although we’ve referred to Adobe Acrobat XI Pro as a PDF Editor, as with most packages it also means that you can create the file in the first place. This is achieved in two ways. First there’s a print driver so you’ll be able to print a document, as you would to a real printer, but the end result’s the creation of a PDF file.

Second, additional toolbars are added to Microsoft Office applications and creating a PDF this way provides a number of addition options akin to combining a number of Office paperwork into a single PDF, preserving links, mail merging and more.

By way of the advanced options which are present in professional PDF editors, XI Pro assist digital signatures that add a graphical representation of your signature; ID certification that allows a recipient to verity that a PDF really got here from you and hasn’t subsequently been altered; a way by which several authors can review a doc and add their feedback; and the ability to create forms that can then be filled in within the document.

Editing options are in depth and easy to use. In addition to editing textual content in a line, you may add, move, and resize text blocks and images, and change fonts attributes. Acrobat XI Pro doesn’t have all of InDesign’s precise textual content adjustments, but it does provide vertical and horizontal line spacing and fundamental character spacing. You’ll find and replace text however not substitute all cases in one fell swoop. Because of the PDF format, though, and in widespread with all PDF editors, text with advanced formatting may be presented in boxes with no text wrapping to the next box. This implies that while minor edits will be carried out with ease, finishing up major amendments to a PDF file isn’t possible if the document has a lot of sophisticated formatting.

Acrobat XI Pro’s interface looks very a lot the same as it did in the earlier model, though you’ll be able to create and save custom device sets and export them. You can download custom tool sets that others have created, too.

Acrobat XI Pro’s merging capabilities are good, too. You see a preview of most documents and might rearrange them in a scalable icon view, see what every page of every document looks like and set which pages of a doc are included within the final exported file. You too can transform PDFs into editable Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.