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Adobe Acrobat Pro Changes

November 2, 2020

The current version of Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 will expire on December 1st and must be replaced with Adobe Acrobat PRO DC.

The following comparison chart lists common features of Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Pro. Both applications provide Digital IDs (Signatures), which can be found under the Certificates tool. You can learn more about Acrobat Pro DC's features here or refer to the chart below for an overview:

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
Open/View Open/View
Fill & Sign Fill & Sign
Certificates (Digital Signature) Certificates (Digital Signature)
Save As/Print PDF Save As/Print PDF
  Edit PDF
  Prepare Form
  Combine Files
  Export PDF


If you don't need the robust toolset provided with Acrobat Pro DC, we recommend installing a new version of Acrobat Reader (install Adobe Reader DC for Mac/install for Windows). However, if you need all the features included with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, please submit a request to OIT, as Adobe has changed its registration process.

Once your request is submitted, you should receive an email from Adobe with installation instructions. Before you install the new version, we recommend uninstalling Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 (uninstall Adobe Acrobat Pro for Mac/uninstall Adobe Acrobat Pro for Windows). Then follow the installation instructions included in the email from Adobe.

(Please note: if the Service Desk closes your request and you do not receive an email from Adobe, please check the following folders: Inbox, Clutter, Deleted Items, Spam, and Junk. If you still don’t see the email, contact the Service Desk ( or 209-228-4357 (HELP).

Not sure what you'll need? That's fine! If you install Adobe Reader now and later realize you need Acrobat Pro DC, both applications can be installed on your device. The process remains the same as above after December 1.

Note: Once you migrate to Reader DC or Acrobat DC, you will be prompted to create a new Digital ID file.
Use this knowledge article to help create Digital Signatures in Adobe Reader DC.