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October 15, 2015 /Adobe Acrobat DC /Learn /Reader /

Make the Connection with Dropbox & Acrobat DC

Collaboration builds better presentations…and just about any type of communication material. Creative agencies that develop communication materials rely heavily on tools that create a seamless collaboration experience for their clients.

Dropbox allows creative agencies to share and exchange presentation decks, design mocks, videos and photo assets with clients around the clock and on the go. And now, their clients, like marketing departments, can also leverage Dropbox connections directly within Acrobat DC to facilitate ad hoc workflows.

Let’s say your organization works with a creative agency that uses Dropbox, and another version of the presentation you’ve been working on is available for review. Simultaneously, you’ve been asked by the PR department for a copy—but you don’t want to send something that’s editable. Let’s take a look at how to accomplish this:

  1. On the Home screen in Acrobat, select Add Account in the left hand pane, and click Add under the Dropbox icon.
  2. Enter your Dropbox credentials and select the blue Sign in button.
  3. Click Allow to let Acrobat access your Dropbox files and folders.Allow
  4. Navigate to the folder with the presentation, select the file, and click the blue Create PDF link.CreatePDF
  5. Click the blue Create button to convert the PPTX file to PDF.
  6. When the PDF file opens, select Attach to Email or Send & Track in the Acrobat toolbar to forward to the PR department.Send

The Dropbox connector allows you to perform standard operations such as Open, Save, Create PDF, Export PDF, and Attach to Email. And, now your PR department can collaborate and review on the PDF file using the rich set of commenting tools available in Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC.

Start harnessing the power of the Acrobat Dropbox connector today, and build better content through seamless collaboration.

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  • By maryann pearson - 8:49 PM on October 18, 2015   Reply

    I don’t understand why i must link my Dropbox to Adobe in order to save pdf items there.
    I don’t have to do that from any of my MS or google tools or other creation tools. i just ‘save as” and it is quickly done. However, since converting to DC i have had a VERY slow process trying to save a simple pdf file from anywhere on my computer (even when i am not using DC) to Dropbox.. it’s been very frustrating as i use Dropbox continually throughout the day.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 4:01 PM on October 21, 2015   Reply

      Hi Maryann,

      The Dropbox connector allows you to quickly do several things with your PDF files and you’ll always see your files right from the Home screen storage view. You can do much more than save—like esign, edit, and export.


  • By Harry Hemus - 5:14 AM on October 19, 2015   Reply

    Hi … just tried this option in the UK, but the only account option I get is SharePoint (more options to follow)? Do you know when this dropbox facility is going live … many thanks

    • By Document Cloud Team - 12:55 PM on October 21, 2015   Reply

      Hi Harry,

      In Acrobat DC try doing a manual check for the update under the Help menu.


      • By Tracy - 8:27 PM on October 24, 2015   Reply

        Hi, I love this blog post. But like Harry, I also am not seeing the option other than SharePoint–and I did the manual check as well. Any thoughts? Thanks!

        • By Document Cloud Team - 5:14 PM on October 27, 2015   Reply

          Hi Tracy,

          What exact point version are you seeing under the Help > About menu? Do you have an IT group that manages your updates for Acrobat?


  • By Kevin - 5:37 PM on October 21, 2015   Reply

    Is it possible to add document links from my website Adobe to have a customer fill out the form it get send back to me?

  • By Tom - 7:33 PM on October 30, 2015   Reply

    The example just confuses things. When I click on a file in the Dropbox list inAcrobat, there is no “create pdf’ option; only “open,” “attach to email” or “export PDF”. What I want is all the edits I made in Acrobat to appear in the Dropbox version.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 3:16 PM on November 3, 2015   Reply

      Hi Tom,

      You should just be able to open the existing PDF from Dropbox, edit in Acrobat, and save.


  • By Roel van Bueren - 8:51 AM on November 17, 2015   Reply

    Is there a Group Policy and/or registry key to disable the Dropbox connector for those companies who are either using an alternative for Dropbox or don’t allow the use of Dropbox?

  • By maryann pearson - 2:22 PM on December 14, 2015   Reply

    I finally after much time and effort have figured out how to save my pdf files where i want to save them, instead of where Adobe wants me to save them. This i think will help the others here as well.
    I simply could NOT get the connector to Dropbox to work because whenever i opened a pdf file it was opening in Acrobat DC and there simply was NO available “save as” option. I would have to email the doc to myself and then save the attachments where i wanted it to go. THE ANSWER IS: Right click on a pdf file and choose “info” (this on mac book) then change the default for opening a pdf to “READER” not Acrobat. Click “change all” then confirm “yes” when window opens. NOW there is a “save as” option for the pdt you opened.

  • By Keiron - 10:52 PM on January 5, 2016   Reply

    Is it possible for several users to collaborate (comment + markup) simultaneously on the same PDF file?

    I haven’t been able to find any documentation explaining if or how this can be done using Adobe Acrobat. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    As an architectural design practice we need to develop a digital workflow for the review, markup and adjustment process of the drawings and specification documents. We have team members in different cities so an online collaborative solution is a must have.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 8:57 AM on January 7, 2016   Reply

      Hi Keiron,

      You can share out the same PDF file to everyone using Dropbox, and each individual can annotate the file in Acrobat. But, it’s not like a Shared Review that you initiate from within Acrobat, where everyone can comment on the same file and respond to each other’s comments.
      You would need to manually collect the comments back into the original file.


  • By david brady - 8:11 PM on January 24, 2016   Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks so much for this tutorial on connecting my Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to my Dropbox account. I’m a student and use my Dropbox account to manage my school readings and assignments. It’s great to see how Adobe Acrobat Reader DC can help me stay connected with all my documents I have to manage over the next year or two.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 9:24 AM on January 25, 2016   Reply

      Hi David,

      Thanks for letting us know you found the tutorial useful.


  • By Karen - 2:44 PM on March 30, 2016   Reply

    Does Adobe DC allow my clients to sign pdf documents securely? That’s really the only feature I’m interested in.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 9:29 AM on April 4, 2016   Reply

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, the Send for Signature feature in Acrobat DC is a secure method for sending files to your clients. You can find more details here:


  • By Oscar Lemer - 4:29 PM on April 5, 2016   Reply

    It had been a nightmare for me to edit my PDF files with adobe acrobat. With Dropbox can I edit them with windows? If yes, explain.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 1:35 PM on April 6, 2016   Reply

      Hi Oscar,

      You can only edit PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. Dropbox is just a storage location that you can now access directly within Acrobat.