Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Last modified
Monday, January 2, 2017

Description of App

Do more with the leading PDF viewer.
More powerful than other PDF software, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is the free, trusted standard for viewing, printing and annotating PDFs. And now, it’s connected to Adobe Document Cloud — so it’s easier than ever to work with PDFs on computers and mobile devices.

View and annotate PDF files.
With Acrobat Reader DC, you can do even more than open and view PDF files. It’s easy to add annotations to documents using a complete set of commenting tools.
Open once, read anywhere.
Say hello to easy file access.
Acrobat Reader DC is connected to Adobe Document Cloud so you can work with your PDFs anywhere. You can even access and store files in Box, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive.
Convert PDFs to Word.
Additional PDF services are just a click away. Inside Reader, you can subscribe to activate additional capabilities to create PDF files and export them to Word or Excel.
Fill, sign and send PDF forms.
Say goodbye to paper forms. Instead, type responses on your PDF form. Add your e-signature. Submit the form electronically. And save a copy for your records.
Manage software rollouts and standards compliance.
Use Adobe and Microsoft tools to manage and deploy updates. Get support for a wide range of document security standards. Extend Reader functionality using the free Acrobat SDK.
Pick and choose additional services to do even more with Reader.
Customize your Reader to fit your needs. By adding on additional services, you only pay for what you want your Acrobat Reader to do, and nothing more.
Adobe Export PDF
Adobe Export PDF
Convert an unlimited number of PDFs to Word or Excel online.



Free or Paid


Version Of macOS App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Every tool bar, menu element, and appropriately tagged section of a PDF is completely accessible with Voice Over. I had no problem navigating the menu bars, tool bars, different editing options, signature areas, PDF documents, and every other aspect of the Adobe Acrobat DC app while completing some IRS related forms. Some might be caught off guard with VO J not taking you to the PDF form, forcing one to know that you interact with the form where VO reads the location of the file while navigating around on the main screen. Its still advisable to navigate into the Preferences and Edit menu and check Screen Reader in the accessibility options.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Finally Adobe Acrobat is accessible for VO users.


3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Tim Hornik 1 year 11 months ago



Submitted by Ekaj on Friday, January 6, 2017

I just downloaded and installed this app today and am figuring it out. It seems to be pretty accessible with VO, but I can't quite figure out how to actually read a document. I will definitely play around with the app some more though. I was able to switch my default .pdf reader from Capti to this one, which is kind of ironic as I received word just yesterday that the Capti folks recently hired an additional person to handle tech support queries. So only time will tell which of these I like better, or perhaps I'll use them interchangeably. I'm just glad my brother pointed me to Acrobat on the Mac, because thus far I've not had very good luck getting help with Capti. Or maybe I just need to devote more time to the blog post which my brother sent me.

Submitted by Mani on Friday, January 6, 2017

I too downloaded it and was disappointed to find out I could not read a document. The document in question was Apple's Swift programming language guide. It kept saying 'Content is empty'. That was enought for me to go back to Preview.

Submitted by Tim Hornik on Friday, January 6, 2017

To read a PDF, you will need to interact with the reading pane. The annoying part is figuring out where this precisely is located with Voice Over, as the pane is just not labeled, reading pane and VO J will not take you there like in other apps. You will need to find the area that states the location of the document. Here is an example:

Macintosh HD:Users:XXX:Library:Mobile Documents:com~apple~CloudDocs:example.pdf, 35 pages pane

This may be found sandwiched between the Sign in button and the document size, for example 8.50 x 11.00 in text. Thus far I have had great success reading a variety of PDF's from downloaded research articles to exported PDF scans from Prizmo. I have yet to come across the other issue where the document states no preview is available, even in the latest Swift User Guide.

Couple of additional reading notes, Option Right/Left arrow will advance you to the next/previous page. VO F does not seem to work properly.

Submitted by Ekaj on Friday, January 6, 2017

Thanks for this. I just tried reading 2 .pdf documents that I recently downloaded, and while this app does leave some things to be desired such as character navigation via the arrow keys I was able to read a page or 2 of each document. One of these has 31 pages, and the other only contains 3 pages. I was able to navigate to the location pane just fine with VO, interact with it, and then begin reading while holding down the VO keys. I'd say this is a great start though by Adobe.

Submitted by Apple Khmer on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Will have to give this a whirl. Looks doable so far. Perhaps we could get in touch with Adobe and help them make it more efficient for us?

Submitted by Robert Englebretson on Thursday, February 2, 2017

The stated purpose of this app is to "View and annotate PDF files". But this AppleVis entry only focuses on the accessibility of the viewing, and doesn't address the annotating. Annotation (i.e. making comments in the document, marking text for errors, deletions, or insertions) is crucial for many of us in our workplaces: for collaboration with co-authors, for giving feedback to students and colleagues, and for receiving feedback on our own work. From the app description here: "With Acrobat Reader DC, you can do even more than open and view PDF files. It’s easy to add annotations to documents using a complete set of commenting tools." Is this "complete set of commenting tools" accessible,, at all for VoiceOver users? If so, I'd really like to know. If not (and I don't think they are), then why in the world is this app rated 'fully accessible'? Thanks for any input and follow-up on this.

Submitted by Ekaj on Thursday, February 2, 2017

I don't think so either, but this weekend when I've got a little bit more time I'm going to play around with that feature some more. I received an updated lease form last week from my landlords, which is a pdf document. I downloaded and opened it, and it seems the document is tagged because I had no trouble reading through it. However, I couldn't find the place to sign off on it. My father ended up doing it for me, which of course he didn't mind and then turned it into the landlords. But still I'm going to have a closer look.

Good question about whether filling in PDF forms is accessible. My point, though, which you seme to be responding to, is about the accessibility of the annotation tools in this app. Annotations and tracked changes are unrelated to form filling.

Submitted by LaBoheme on Friday, June 29, 2018

so how does one put a real signature on the document? not fill or type in, but actually sign it. tried pasting my signature, but it doesn't work using the fill and sign tool.

Submitted by Krazy Kat on Monday, February 22, 2021

I have been trying to read a PDF file with VoiceOVer and have had no luck at all. I was able to change the background and text colors, relatively easily, but it has been all downhill after that neither VoiceOver or the built in text to speech options would work. I finally retreated to PreviewAm I missing something that is obvious?