One of the file formats that has been more widely accepted and used in recent years is PDF. This format originally developed by Adobe has some advantages over other formats since not just anyone will be able to edit it, ensuring that its style remains intact. With the Acrobat Reader DC tool , we will have several functions, among which is the possibility of converting files or images into PDF documents.
Advantages of using PDF files
When we talk about PDF files (Portable Document Format), we talk about a storage format for digital documents that was developed by Adobe Systems back in 1993. Later, in 2008, PDF became an open standard so it can be used by other types of trademarks. It is characterized by being multiplatform , since it can be used on computers with Windows, macOS and Linux.
This file format can contain any type of combination of text, multimedia elements (video or sound), hypertext elements (links and bookmarks), links, and page thumbnails. In addition, PDFs never lose their format , whether it is sent between users or when we download it, as if it happens when we send text documents. In addition, they can be encrypted to protect your content even digitally.
Given their characteristics, PDF files are used to store documents and information, both interactive and regular, as well as graphics, catalogs, maps, e-books and presentations.
Work with PDF files using Acrobat Reader DC
Adobe Acrobat DC is Adobe’s own PDF document viewer , which has become the most complete program for reading this type of document. This version is free and has everything you need to work with these types of documents. In addition, it has full integration with web browsers, which allows us to open any PDF document directly from our own browser.
As its main characteristics, this software has a simple and attractive interface that will allow us to open any PDF document, regardless of the program with which we have created it. It also allows you to fill out forms and has validation of digital signatures. In addition, it has magnifying glass tools to increase the size of the text, as well as select a part of the text and images of any document to copy or highlight it.
Adobe PDF Pack service, essential to convert PDF
With Acrobat Reader DC we can open and read PDF documents, but if we want to create or export a PDF file we will need to purchase a paid subscription to the Adobe PDF Pack service . It is an Adobe Document Cloud service package with which we can easily create, combine, sign and send any PDF file. In the same way, it will also allow us to convert PDF files into editable Word or Excel files.
Its price is 12.09 euros per month (with annual turnover of 145.05 euros per year) or 1 8.14 euros per month without annual commitment.
High minimum requirements
When installing Acrobat Reader on our computer we must bear in mind that it needs quite high minimum requirements for it to be a PDF document viewer. And we will need at least a 1.5 GHz processor, as well as 1 GB of RAM, 380 MB of space on the hard disk and have Internet Explorer 11 installed. If we want the program to run smoothly, we must have, at least, 2 GB of RAM. The software works from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Create a PDF from a file or image
With Acrobat Reader we can convert any Office file, image, or web page into a high-quality PDF that can be viewed perfectly on any device, be it a computer, tablet or smartphone.
File types that can be converted to PDF
With Acrobat Reader, and along with subscribing to Adobe Acrobat PDF Pack, we can convert any of the following file types to PDF:
- Word (DOC, DOCX)
- PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX)
- Excel (XLS, XLSX)
- Publisher (PUB)
- Text (TXT)
- PostScript (PS)
- InDesign (INDD)
- Fill & Sign (FORM)
- Image (bitmap, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG)
- OpenOffice and StarOffice presentation, spreadsheet, graphic and document files (ODT, ODP, ODS, ODG, ODF, SXW, SXI, SXC, SXD, STW).
Steps to create a PDF from Acrobat Reader DC
The first thing we must do is have Acrobat Reader DC installed on our computer. We can download this software directly from its website . Once downloaded, we install it, making sure we have about 320 MB of storage space available for it. Later, it will be necessary to subscribe to Adobe Acrobat PDF Pack in order to carry out the conversions. Once registered in the subscription, we go on to run the program and its main menu appears.
Now, once the program is open, we must log in , clicking on the corresponding button that we find in the upper right corner. A new window will appear where we will have to log in with our Adobe ID and password or through our Google, Facebook or Apple account.
Later, with the session started, we have two ways to create a PDF file . The first one is through the “File” tab, located in the upper left corner. Click on it and then on “Create PDF”. The other option is to click on the Tools tab and then click on “Create PDF file”.
Next, we click on the “Select file to convert to PDF” section so that a Windows Explorer window appears from where we must select the file we want to convert. In the “Open” dialog box, we will select the file we want to convert. We can browse all file types or select a specific type by browsing the supported formats in the “File Types” drop-down menu.
Later, with the file or files already added, click on the “Convert to PDF” button . Once the file is converted to PDF, it will be stored in our Adobe PDF Pack account. Just click Open to view the file or click View converted files to see a list of files that we have recently converted.