Adobe Acrobat Pro DC licensing changes

Thursday, January 9, 2020

What is happening? The Adobe Acrobat Pro DC licensing model has changed to a subscription-based model.

What is the impact? For new purchases of Acrobat Pro DC, departments/units will now have to purchase a subscription for Acrobat Pro DC directly from the Adobe online store or the re-seller, Softchoice. 

Note: As of November 14, 2019, IST has a small number of perpetual licenses available through the IST Webstore. There will be no more of these licenses once gone.

Do I still need Adobe Acrobat Pro DC? Many commonly used features of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC are available in other site licensed or free applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC). Alternate, less expensive applications may also be available for purchase. Please reference the following articles to view instructions on using alternative software to accomplish many common tasks:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC alternatives (Windows)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC alternatives (Mac)

You may still require Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, if you:

  • create and/or edit fillable PDF forms
  • make remediations for accessibility (i.e. adjust tags or reading order)
  • need to edit content directly in a PDF document (Note: edits can be made to some files using Microsoft Word)

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca, ext. 44357.

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