Version Compatibility of Acrobat PDFMakers

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The PDFMakers were introduced with Acrobat 3.0 to make creating PDFs from Office documents easier and faster. In fact, I created one of the earliest prototypes for the Microsoft Word 6.0 PDFMaker way back in the Acrobat 1.0 days just so that I wouldn’t have to manually add my links and bookmarks every time I had to re-create a PDF from Word. Now, there are PDFMakers for a long list of applications and they do a lot more than just create bookmarks and links.

A PDFMaker is an Acrobat feature that operates within many business applications, such as Microsoft Office applications, AutoCAD, and Lotus Notes. When you install Acrobat, PDFMaker buttons appear in the authoring application. Using PDFMaker within an authoring application is a simple, one-click procedure. It involves clicking an Acrobat PDFMaker toolbar button or choosing a command on the Adobe PDF menu.

Because PDFMakers run in 3rd party applications and we rely on their APIs to help us add navigational controls to the resulting PDF, we’ve been able to add new capabilities to the PDFMakers over time as the APIs in the native applications become more robust. Unfortunately, the 3rd party APIs are not consistent across versions and we need to drop support for a particular PDFMaker feature on a particular version of the 3rd party software. To help better understand which version of Acrobat works best with which version of your other desktop applications, the table below lists the supported and unsupported version information about 3rd party applications supported for PDFMakers across the last 4 Acrobat versions.

Few Points to be noted while observing the table below :

  • Acrobat 3D was introduced from Acrobat 7.0.7 onwards which later came to be known as Acrobat Pro Extended.
  • In all versions of Acrobat, MS Visio/Project and AutoCAD are supported on Acrobat Pro and higher flavors of Acrobat
  • The versions in parentheses denote that particular component was supported starting with that dot release of Acrobat.
  • Dates in parentheses denote the release date of applications.

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Third party software/versions

Acrobat 6
Acrobat 7 Acrobat 8 Acrobat 9
MS Office (Word/Excel/PPT)        

Office 97

Office 2000 (Office 9)
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10)
Office 2003(Office 11)(11/17/03) (6.0.1)
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
Word_Import Comments        
Office 97
Office 2000 (office 9)
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10)
Office 2003(Office 11)(11/17/03) (6.0.1)
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
MS Outlook        
Outlook 97(January 16, 1997)
Outlook 2000 (office 9)(June 7, 1999)
Outlook 2002(May 31, 2001)
Outlook(Office 11)(10/21/03)
Outlook (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
Mail Merge        
Office 97
Office 2000 (office 9)
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10)
Office 2003(Office 11)(11/17/03)
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
Attach As PDF        
Outlook 97(January 16, 1997)
Outlook 2000 (office 9)(June 7, 1999)
Outlook 2002(May 31, 2001)
Outlook(Office 11)(10/21/03) (6.0.1)
Outlook (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
Attach As Secured PDF        
Outlook 97(January 16, 1997)
Outlook 2000 (office 9)(June 7, 1999)
Outlook 2002(May 31, 2001)
Outlook(Office 11)(10/21/03)
Outlook (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
MS Visio/Project        
Office 97
Office 2000 (office 9)
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10)
Office 2003(Office 11) (6.0.1)
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
MS Access        
Office 97
Office 2000 (office 9) N/A
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10) N/A
Office 2003(Office 11) N/A
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
MS Publisher        
Office 97
Office 2000 (office 9) N/A
Office XP(Office 2002/Office 10) N/A
Office 2003(Office 11) N/A
Office 2007 (Office 12)(11/30/06) N/A N/A (8.1)
         
Internet explorer        
5.01
5.5
6
6.1
7 N/A N/A
         
AutoCAD        
2000(1999, March)
2000i(2000,July)
2002(2001,June)
2004(2003,march) (6.0.1)
2005(2004,march) N/A
2006(2005,march) N/A (7.0.7)
2007(2006,march) N/A N/A
2008(2007,march) N/A N/A N/A
         
AutoCAD_Import Comments        
2000(1999, March)
2000i(2000,July)
2002(2001,June)
2004(2003,march)
2005(2004,march) N/A
2006(2005,march) N/A (7.0.7)
2007(2006,march) N/A N/A
2008(2007,march) N/A N/A N/A
         
Lotus Notes        
6.0.x
6.5.x
7.0.x
8.0.1 N/A N/A N/A
         
Mac office        
Office X
Office 2004 N/A