What is the difference between Acrobat Reader & Adobe Acrobat?

Wondering which one to get

Jordan R.

2 Answers

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First off, there's no such thing as "Acrobat Reader". There's Adobe Acrobat and there's Adobe Reader.

Basically, Reader can do just that: Read PDF files and perform some very basic tasks like allow the user to fill in form fields and add some highlights. That's it.

Acrobat can be used to create PDF files from other formats, edit them in various ways, add form fields, security settings, etc.

For a more detailed summary see: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/product-comparison.html


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By Gilad D (try67)   

Well, Acrobat us MUCH more robust...so depends on what you need it for. If you're just looking to VIEW documents....Reader will do fine but once you want to start editing PDF documents you'll likely need the full Adobe Acrobat product.

You can see a product comparison here:


Hope this helps:) Both products are great...just depends how much functionality you need.

John Morris   

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