Those of you who follow my blog are no doubt saying, “Gosh, Rick, aren’t you a bit late to the game here?” After all, Adobe Acrobat DC shipped three weeks ago.
I am negligent, although on advice of counsel I will not actually admit that . . . 🙂
In this post, I’ll present just the essentials of the Acrobat DC. I hope to follow up with more detailed posts in the future.
Adobe Acrobat DC Essentials for Legal Professionals
- Adobe Acrobat DC is the latest version of Acrobat and is the successor to Acrobat XI
- The “DC” stands for Document Cloud, a set of (optional) connected cloud services for Acrobat
- The PDF file format has not changed.
Any work you produce with Acrobat DC can be opened in previous versions or other tools which work with PDF
- The new version includes about 40 new features and a redesigned interface
- You can buy Adobe Acrobat DC via subscription (paid monthly or annually) or perpetually (purchase outright).
I plan to blog more on this topic, so stay tuned.
- New Adobe Acrobat DC Mobile app
What are the Document Cloud services?
Many attorneys are already using cloud services. You may wonder what your ethical obligations are when using cloud services. I suggest you consult the Practice Management section of your local bar association for advice. Some US states have issued opinions and the American Bar Association offers this useful web page which aggregates this information: Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.
For many of our legal customers, the idea of cloud services is new, but I must say that the services available with Adobe Acrobat DC are really useful and work very well. I think you will enjoy using them in your practice.
Below, I’ve included brief descriptions of the services which I think are most valuable for legal professionals.
With Acrobat DC, you can collect legal e-signatures quickly and securely — without printing, faxing, overnight delivery or requiring your client to come to your office. This eliminates paper and saves time. More importantly, it removes friction from signature processes and keeps the workflow completely digital. Recipients sign documents in any web browser on any device (PC, Mac, tablet or phone). All parties receive a certified, tamper-evident PDF with a full audit trail.
Learn more about Electronic Signatures included with Adobe Acrobat DC
Send and Track
Send and Track allows you to send large files to clients and colleagues. You can easily track the progress of your sent files from anywhere and you will be notified by email when a file is viewed. Send and Track is integrated into Acrobat DC, but you can also access it from your web browser or use the Outlook add-in (Win only) to easily send links to large attachments.
Learn more about Send and Track included with Adobe Acrobat DC
Mobile Link allows you to access recent PDF files you have opened from any device. This feature transparently makes any PDF you’ve opened available in any Acrobat client (desktop or mobile). It even opens the file to the exact same page! You no longer have to email a document to yourself or explicitly save a document in a designated folder. I have to say this feature works incredibly well and I use it daily.
Learn more about Mobile Link included with Acrobat DC
What new features are included in Adobe Acrobat DC?
Acrobat DC includes 41 new or enhanced features. Consult this table which compares to Adobe Acrobat DC to Acrobat XI
I plan to blog in more detail about some of the features in the future.