Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 18 which includes quite a few bug fixes and vulnerability patches. The Adobe Acrobat 2018 product family also includes some new features which we will discuss in this article.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is the PDF solution from Adobe. While Acrobat Professional is paid, Acrobat Reader comes free of cost. It includes most of the features which users need during normal PDF operations. When it comes to Adobe Acrobat, there are two editions of Adobe Reader DC, classic and continuous.
While both editions are almost the same, there are minor differences between the two. The continuous edition gets more updates from Adobe and can be connected to the Adobe Cloud. It can be thought as a service based software. The classic track is similar to the old Adobe Reader 11. It does not have the option to connect to Adobe Cloud. It relies on a quarterly updates release plan.
This is why the Continuous track has been updated to 18.x update while the classic track still is on 17.x track.
New features in Adobe Acrobat Reader 2018
Improved cloud support
Adobe Reader 2018 adds extensive cloud support. Although the cloud support was also available in 2017 package but now the support has become better. Now you can store the PDF documents in the Adobe Document Cloud or third-party services like Box, Dropbox and OneDrive. The saved PDF file can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet.
The users can also create compliant documents with veraPDF compatibility and support.
Touch Mode improvements
Adobe Reader 18 comes with touch mode improvements for tablets and touch screens. When you are on computer which has touch-screen, Adobe Reader’s touch mode will be auto-enabled.
Some annoying features
Some features in the latest Adobe Reader 18 are annoying. They serve as teasers for the paid Adobe Acrobat Professional. For example, the send for signature feature is only available if you go on the paid package. Although you can sign the documents yourself for free, it requires sign-in to Adobe Cloud.
Adobe Reader 18 Download Links
If you are on the Classic track or are still using Adobe Reader 11.xx release, you may download your respective versions from here:
And you can download Adobe Reader on your mobile devices from here:
In my opinion, Adobe Acrobat Professional 18 is a little overpriced. You can achieve the same objectives by using multiple tools and services like Foxit Reader, Cute PDF Writer and Microsoft Word. What are your thoughts about the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader 2018?