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In terms of functionality, "Adobe Acrobat Reader" is the clear number 1 among PDF viewers. However, the software regularly makes negative headlines because of the excessive consumption of resources and the recurring security gaps.

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The well-known "Adobe Reader" is now available for download free of charge in version 2021 under the name "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC".

The "Adobe Reader" has been standard equipment on both business and private computers for many years. The software established the PDF format so that a large number of important documents are offered in this file format. The advantages of the PDF format: regardless of the device used, the document always looks identical. PDFs can contain text, images and graphics.

The software has been around for some time under the new name "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" - with a connection to the cloud and some new features, which, however, have to be paid for separately.

"Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" itself is still available for download free of charge for almost all important operating systems (including mobile) and allows PDF documents to be viewed, edited and printed. The "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" can also be used to fill out forms. Practical for long PDF documents: the full text search, with which you can quickly locate individual text passages.

Important to know: You cannot create PDF documents with "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" itself. Recommended PDF creators are the free tools PDF24 Creator or PDFCreator.

Additional features that are subject to a fee

The "Adobe Export PDF" feature is also integrated, with which you can convert PDF documents into Word or Excel format. Often times this only works if you pay for the service, Adobe wants just under 2 euros a month for it. An extended conversion function, which allows PDFs to be merged and sent, even costs just under 5 euros / month.

Is Adobe Acrobat Reader DC free?

A basic version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available free of charge. If you also want to protect, convert and edit your documents directly, a paid subscription is required, which is available from around 16 euros per month, depending on the scope.

How do I open a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader?

To open a file with Adobe Reader, right-click the PDF file you want and select "Open with". Then click on "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" and the PDF file will open in a new window with Acrobat Reader.

How do I install Acrobat Reader?

You download the Adobe Reader from our CHIP download and then execute the file with a double click. You will then be guided through the installation process and the installation will be carried out. Finished!

How can I update my Adobe Reader?

Open Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and navigate to "Help" in the top menu bar and then select "Check for updates ...". The software will now automatically search for available updates.

last changes

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC was last updated on May 11, 2021 and version 2021.001.20155 is available for download here.

Telephone support for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and more

Using the free landline number 069 2991 7711 get help from experienced experts on everything to do with your PC and software. The call is free. More information.

CHIP conclusion

CHIP conclusion to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

The "Adobe Reader" is by far the most popular PDF reader of all. With the DC version, Adobe is bringing its PDF tool up to date. We like the basic functions, but we wouldn't pay for the service. After all, there are plenty of free tools that offer similar functions. Nice alternative to "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC": the fast starting Foxit Reader.

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