by Matt May

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March 24, 2015

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Last week, Adobe announced the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Reader DC. We have a few big new accessibility features that we want to let you know about in advance.

First, the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader will contain support for reading tagged PDF content with assistive technology on both Windows and Mac OS X. For the first time, Mac users will be able to use VoiceOver to create, edit and read accessible PDF documents.

The new user interface in Acrobat and Reader is also improved, and includes features that will help both readers and producers of PDF content. The whole UI now responds to high-contrast modes, with new icons customized for light or dark backgrounds.

A view of Acrobat DC in high-contrast mode, with files listed in white text on a black background

The Tools panel in Acrobat DC, shown in high-contrast mode with colored icons on a black background

Accessibility authoring features in Acrobat are now organized in the Accessibility Tool, which is more configurable than in earlier versions. And you can still find the Make Accessible Action in the Actions Tool, along with a number of components you can use to test and automate the production of accessible PDF documents.

Acrobat and Reader DC will be available within the next 30 days. If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you’ll find the new version of Acrobat in the Creative Cloud app for you to download on the day it ships.

We’re working on lots of accessibility documentation for users and authors, and will keep you up to date as we go.


  • By Fabio - 3:30 AM on March 31, 2015  

    these are great news! thank you for the work done! PDF accessibility on the Mac had become a huge issue, especially since in Yosemite PDF accessibility in Preview had become worse. Please keep us updated. Now, if only the accessibility of Adobe Digital Editions on the Mac could improve too…!

  • By Tree - 3:43 PM on March 31, 2015  

    I am so excited for this update. I will praise Adobe’s first fully accessible mac app when I see it. I hope that the features of this update work as advertised. It is high time that screen reader users get access to tagged pdf’s on the mac. If this app does that its going to be Christmas in April for me.

    • By Roman - 1:24 PM on April 7, 2015  

      Sorry, but that doens’t work. Reading PDFs on Mac with VoiceOver is still inaccessible. After tagging dialogue, which is known from windows, there is no way to access document content…

  • By Priti Rohra - 1:15 AM on April 2, 2015  

    This is brilliant news!
    Reading accessible PDF documents using Voiceover on a Mac platform is something that I am excited to work with.

    How about reading accessible PDF documents using Voiceover on an iOS device?
    Are there plans for building support for that as well?

    Priti Rohra