Adobe Reader

VersionDC 2018(as of 11/13/2018)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
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Rating:3.5  |  398 Votes

Main Features

  • Free PDF document reader
  • Easy-to-use reading and navigation tools
  • Annotate, digitally sign, and print documents
  • Security and content restriction implementation

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2018
Screenshot of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2018

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free program that allows users to view, search, sign, annotate, and print PDF documents. Unlike Adobe Acrobat DC, which is the commercial version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, the program cannot be used to create or edit PDFs. Acrobat Reader was previously known as Adobe Reader.

Acrobat Reader is primarily used to view PDF files but also comes with several helpful tools for working with PDF files. You can annotate documents by adding or highlighting text, drawing shapes, and adding sticky notes or stamps. You can also sign documents by typing or drawing, measure the distance and area of objects in documents, and share documents to be viewed or reviewed by other users. Acrobat Reader also allows you to conveniently add tools not included in the software directly from the Tools window in the program.

Acrobat Reader can be used to implement restrictions on PDF files. Restrictions either allow or disallow permissions such as printing, content copying, page extraction, commenting, filling of form fields, and signing. Acrobat Reader users are given permissions only if they have been set by the document creator. The program also implements password protection for PDF files that require a password before viewing a document.

Acrobat Reader is a very useful application for viewing PDF documents. It is available on over twenty platforms and in over twenty-five languages, and over 500 million copies have been distributed to date. Whether it is for personal or professional use, Adobe Acrobat Reader is a great option for viewing all sorts of documents that have been published in PDF format.

Primary File Type

pdf icon.PDFPortable Document Format File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.ETDAdobe Reader EBX Transfer Data File
.RMFAdobe Rights Management Document
.XDPXML Data Package
.XFDFAdobe Acrobat XFDF File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.APIAcrobat Plug-in
.CERInternet Security Certificate
.EDNAdobe eBook Activation File
.JP1Japanese (Romaji) Text File
.P12Personal Information Exchange File
.P7BPKCS #7 Certificate File
.P7CPKCS #7 Certificate File
.PFXPKCS #12 Certificate File
.WWFWorld Wide Fund Non-Printable Document
.XFDFormFlow 99 Form Data File
Updated 11/13/2018