The Adobe Acrobat XI Family includes desktop products, mobile apps, and online services.
Desktop products for Windows:
Desktop products for Mac OS:
See the Acrobat XI product comparison to discover the best product for your needs.
When you buy Acrobat XI Pro as a one-time purchase, you get only Acrobat software. No online services are included.
Both Acrobat XI Pro and Acrobat XI Standard let you turn existing paper or digital forms into fillable PDF forms. You can distribute these forms using the Acrobat Tracker, which compiles a table of form responses and, if desired, a PDF file of all completed forms. For each form distributed using the Acrobat Tracker, Acrobat supports up to 500 responses.
Acrobat XI Pro now also lets you create new PDF and web forms* from scratch or professional templates using the new included FormsCentral desktop app. With Acrobat XI Pro, you can:
The FormsCentral desktop app lets Acrobat XI Pro users create new PDF forms in minutes. Instead of converting existing forms to PDF and then turning them into fillable PDFs, you can quickly build the exact form you need. Use the FormsCentral designer to easily customize professional templates or design forms from scratch.
In addition, if you subscribe to Acrobat Pro† or open a free or paid account with the FormsCentral online service, you can use the desktop app to build web forms and distribute and analyze your forms. FormsCentral significantly improves form reporting and analysis by letting you view and analyze responses in real time. You can easily search, sort, and filter a table of responses, and even customize the view for yourself or team members. Built-in formulas support fast analysis, or you can export the data to a spreadsheet or database. FormsCentral also generates charts automatically, giving you a summarized view of your information so you can spot trends instantly.
The FormsCentral desktop app and the FormsCentral online service provide the same powerful, easy-to-use tools for creating, distributing, and analyzing electronic forms. They are available for use and purchase in three different ways:
LiveCycle Designer software is now sold separately. Visit the LiveCycle Designer product page for details. Acrobat XI Pro users can use the new FormsCentral desktop app for form creation; customers who upgrade to Acrobat XI Pro are also eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version of LiveCycle Designer.
The following customers are eligible for a free upgrade:
The one-time LiveCycle Designer upgrade is available in English, French, German, or Japanese. Eligible customers can choose which language they would like to receive. Visit the Customer Support Portal to request an upgrade.
With Acrobat XI, you have three options for distributing fillable PDF forms. Simply click Distribute in the Forms panel of the Tools pane to see these options:
When you open a free FormsCentral online service account, you can distribute one PDF or web form at a time and collect up to 50 responses. When you open a paid account, the FormsCentral Basic subscription lets you distribute up to five forms at any given time with up to 500 responses per form, and the FormsCentral Plus subscription (included when you subscribe to Acrobat Pro†) lets you distribute an unlimited number of forms with up to 5,000 responses per form. Terms of service may change. Visit the FormsCentral website for full pricing details.
Acrobat XI is integrated with the EchoSign online service to let you easily send a document to others for signing, track the entire process, and store signed documents online. Simply choose Send For Signature in the Get Others to Sign panel of the Sign pane. You will need an active free or paid account with the EchoSign online service.
When you open a free EchoSign online service account, you receive basic functionality during a 30-day trial period. Paid accounts support more users and greater functionality. Terms of service may change. Visit the EchoSign website for full pricing details.
Yes, you can download a fully functional, 30-day trial version of Acrobat XI Pro for Windows or Mac OS. The trial software is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Yes, Acrobat is a 32-bit application that can run and has been tested on 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Activation is a required process by which Adobe validates that your software is genuine and being used as allowed by your product license agreement. It is intended to protect both your rights as a consumer and Adobe’s rights as a software developer. Activation also helps confirm that the software you bought is not counterfeit.
You will not be able to use your software if it is not activated. Each single-user license grants rights for Acrobat XI to be installed on two computers at any given time. Acrobat XI products automatically attempt to activate over the Internet. During activation, no personal information is transmitted. See the Adobe software activation page and read this article for more information.
Similar to Protected Mode in Adobe Reader, Protected View is an implementation of “sandboxing” technology for the rich Acrobat feature set. In Acrobat XI, Adobe extends the functionality of Protected View beyond blocking write-based attacks that attempt to execute malicious code on your computer system using the PDF file format to read-based attacks that attempt to steal your sensitive data or intellectual property via PDF files.
Just like Protected Mode, Protected View confines the execution of untrusted programs (for example, any PDF file and the processes it invokes) to a restricted sandbox to avoid malicious code using the PDF format from writing to or reading from your computer’s file system. Protected View assumes all PDF files are potentially malicious and confines processing to the sandbox unless you specifically indicate that a file is trusted.
Adobe recommends that you always install the latest updates and security patches. Acrobat XI and Reader XI will notify you when new updates are available, or you can customize the settings so all updates are automatically installed. Acrobat XI tools are also available to streamline updates across enterprise deployments, helping to control IT costs.
Adobe developed Acrobat XI to work seamlessly from within Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows. With Acrobat XI, you can:
Note: One-button PDF file creation in Microsoft Office 2010 and the ability to import comments into Word are available only in Acrobat XI and X for Windows. To create PDF files from Office 2010 applications when using Acrobat XI for Mac OS or earlier versions of Acrobat, select Adobe PDF as the printer in the Print dialog box.
Yes, you can easily work with PDF files if you have a Microsoft SharePoint server. Whether you’re a Windows or a Mac user, Acrobat XI lets you quickly access PDF files stored in your SharePoint library from any Acrobat Open or Save dialog box. Open PDF files from within SharePoint to view and collaborate on PDF documents. You can even check PDF documents out of SharePoint for editing, and then check them back in once you’re finished.
You can also automate processes by hosting shared document reviews or data collection for PDF forms on your SharePoint server. In addition, you can use the improved Combine dialog box to access documents directly from online storage services like Microsoft Office 365 (use subject to Microsoft terms of service).
Yes, both Acrobat XI and Reader XI have been tested and are confirmed to operate on Windows 8.
Acrobat 10.1.4 and XI support Windows 8. Upgrading to Acrobat XI will help ensure compatibility with Windows 8 and access to the latest product enhancements. Enterprise customers with a Gold or Platinum support plan can contact Customer Support for upgrade tips and planning help.
Creative Suite 6 and CS5.5 editions include Acrobat X Pro. Acrobat XI Pro is available through Adobe Creative Cloud.
Desktop apps that were part of the Creative Suite family, as well as Adobe Muse CC and Edge Tools & Services, are now available only as part of Creative Cloud. Other desktop apps, such as Acrobat and Photoshop Lightroom, continue to be available as separate offerings outside Creative Cloud.
There are no product feature differences between Acrobat XI Pro in Creative Cloud and Acrobat XI Pro purchased as a separate perpetual software license.
Both the Creative Cloud Packager and the Customization Wizard for Acrobat and Reader will output an MSI or PKG file for centralized deployment via Microsoft SCCM or Apple Remote Desktop, respectively. The ability to configure Acrobat functionality is available only through the free Customization Wizard. Through that link, you will also find complete documentation for configuring and installing Acrobat.
Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, and Adobe Reader XI are now available worldwide.
You can buy Acrobat XI Pro or Acrobat XI Standard as a one-time purchase or as an annual or month-to-month subscription. Acrobat XI Pro is also available as part of a Creative Cloud membership.
Subscriptions to Acrobat Pro include the Acrobat.com, PDF Pack, and FormsCentral Plus online services only when purchased in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Subscriptions to Acrobat Standard, which include the Acrobat.com and PDF Pack online services, are available for purchase only in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Adobe online services are available in select languages.
Yes, the Acrobat XI Family of products will continue to be available via a perpetual software license that is sold through volume licensing programs such as the Transactional Licensing Program, Cumulative Licensing Program, and Enterprise Term License Agreement, as well as through retail and e-tail stores via product key cards and digital delivery.
Adobe continually works to deliver exceptional products that meet market demand. After a detailed analysis of our product offerings and sales, Adobe decided to discontinue Acrobat X Suite as of October 15, 2012. Customers who want functionality similar to that provided in Acrobat X Suite should consider purchasing Adobe eLearning Suite 6.1 software. Acrobat X Suite customers are eligible to purchase Adobe eLearning Suite 6.1 for the eLearning Suite 6.1 upgrade price.
Customers who want the multimedia and communications functionality provided in Acrobat X Suite can purchase Adobe eLearning Suite 6.1. Acrobat X Suite customers are eligible to purchase the Adobe eLearning Suite 6.1 for the eLearning Suite upgrade price. This rich toolset includes the following components, many of which are new versions of products that were available in Acrobat X Suite:
Customers with an Adobe Maintenance and Support contract or Upgrade Plan will receive a copy of Adobe eLearning Suite 6.1 in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish. If customers have Acrobat Suite in a language version that is not available for eLearning Suite, they will receive the English version. Acrobat XI Pro and Photoshop CS6 Extended are available in additional languages; customers who would like either of these eLearning Suite components in another available language should contact Customer Support.
Adobe actively supports Acrobat XI and Acrobat X. Per the Adobe Enterprise Support Lifecycle Policy, support for Acrobat 9 and Reader 9 ended on June 26, 2013.
Registered owners of the current version of Adobe Acrobat are eligible to receive person-to-person support on issues related to installation and products, with affordable per-incident support prices. Visit the Acrobat Help page for additional support information, including worldwide telephone support numbers, Knowledgebase articles, and tutorials — available free of charge. The Acrobat Help page also provides detailed information on common Acrobat issues.
Acrobat XI and Reader XI support 3D PDF files by enabling viewing and interaction with 3D data in the PRC and U3D formats. They also support measurement, analysis, and commenting functions for geospatial PDF files.
Customers interested in 3D PDF document creation should work with tetra4D, Adobe’s exclusive provider of 3D technology for Acrobat XI Pro. tetra4D offers a full suite of solutions that run directly inside Acrobat XI Pro, enabling users to combine the value of 3D CAD data with the benefits of PDF document management. With 3D PDF Converter, you can easily import native 3D CAD data from the latest versions of CATIA, Pro/E, NX, SolidWorks, Revit, Rhino, and other leading 3D formats. Then use tetra4D’s Animate, Publish, and Compare products to create complex animations; publish rich, interactive, and customizable PDF documents for work instructions, parts catalogs, and other technical publications; and compare versions of 3D PDFs to review document changes. Only tetra4D’s products for Acrobat XI Pro enable you to turn on related measurement, sectioning, collaboration, and security features within free Adobe Reader. Learn more.
The Adobe Product Improvement Program was introduced with Acrobat 9 and will continue with Acrobat XI. This program invites users of Acrobat XI and Reader XI to help Adobe design future products by providing anonymous information on how they use certain features and functions in the application.
Acrobat will automatically present you with a dialog box offering you the option to opt in to the program; the default is set to opt out. The dialog box will also include a link to a web page where you can learn more about the program. If you agree to participate, the data collection process is invisible to you and does not affect your experience or your computer’s run time. After you exit Acrobat XI or Reader XI, anonymous data — such as operating system, browser type, menu options, and buttons selected — is sent to Adobe. By analyzing usage trends among large groups of unidentified users, Adobe can design future products that better meet your needs.
Yes. Adobe is among the many companies that use customer feedback programs to enhance their products.
No, there will be no third parties accessing data generated by this program.
Yes, we have made it easy for users to stop participating. Just go to the Help menu in Acrobat XI or Reader XI and select Improvement Program Options. When the dialog box appears, you can opt out.
Read the full Adobe Product Improvement Program FAQ.
Adobe online services extend your Acrobat XI working environment to help you streamline and simplify your projects:
Acrobat XI supports ISO 32000, the open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Acrobat XI supports the creation and validation of these workflow-specific PDF standards:
PDF/A provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing digital documents for long-term preservation. Records managers, archivists, and industry-compliance professionals can use Acrobat XI to preserve and help protect final documents of record as self-contained files.
PDF/E provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing documents used in engineering workflows. Architects, engineers, construction professionals, and manufacturing product teams can use Acrobat XI Pro to facilitate the exchange of documentation and drawings with others in the supply chain, and to streamline review and markup of documents.
PDF/X provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing final print-ready or press-ready pages. This standard provides guidelines for PDF settings that affect critical aspects of printing, such as color space and trapping. Print professionals, graphic designers, and other creative professionals can use Acrobat XI to create and deliver predictable, press-ready PDF/X-compliant files.
PDF/VT provides specifications for creating, viewing, and printing files such as bank statements and business invoices used in the variable data and transactional printing industry. Professionals who work with large documents containing variable data can use Acrobat XI Pro to ensure that the files they’ve produced comply with this international standard.
Yes. Acrobat XI supports the creation and use of PDF in compliance with these additional standards and initiatives:
The Acrobat XI Family of products helps address the needs of both users with disabilities and authors of accessible content. Using Acrobat XI Pro or Acrobat XI Standard, virtually anyone can create accessible PDF documents that others can view using Adobe Reader XI. This helps users with disabilities more easily access and use PDF files and forms across multiple languages.
Using Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, or Reader XI, users and authors can:
In addition, authors can make PDF files more accessible by using Acrobat XI Pro to:
Learn more at the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.
Several enhancements in Acrobat XI Pro help make it easier to create accessible PDF content. They include:
* Requires an active account with the Adobe FormsCentral online service. Free and paid subscriptions are available. Subscriptions to Acrobat Pro include FormsCentral Plus only when purchased in select countries.
† Subscriptions to Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Standard include online services only when purchased in select countries.