Acrobat compatibility with the new
MacOS 10.15 Catalina

The latest versions of Acrobat DC (October 2019), Acrobat 2017 and Acrobat 2015 are compatible with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina).

Due to the changes (especially in the area of security) in MacOS 10.15, there are several changes in the user interface of Acrobat. Many operations require additional confirmations. You may need to enable permissions to access the folder in the Mac Security Preferences.

CAUTION: Before switching from Acrobat to Catalina, check that all plug-ins (and other programs) are compatible with the new operating system version. The Enfocus products, for example, do not yet officially support Catalina.


Acrobat DC October 2019 Update:
few new features,
but many improvements

Adobe released planned updates for Acrobat DC as well as for Acrobat 2017. As usual there are two separate installers:

The update can also be installed using the Acrobat menu Help > Check for Updates….

In the latest version there are many new features at first sight. However, most of these innovations are not new functions, but improvements of the user interface. There are some new commands, with which existing functions (e.g. compression, protection, sharing) can be accessed faster.

As known from other programs, PDF documents can now be marked with an asterisk as favorites:

Read more…Acrobat DC October 2019 Update:
few new features,
but many improvements

More performance for Acrobat DC
on Mac thanks to August 2019 update

Adobe released planned updates for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. As usual there are two separate installers:

The update can also be installed using the Acrobat menu Help > Check for Updates….

In the latest version there are not as many new features as in previous updates. The August update mainly brings improvements for the Mac version:

Read more…More performance for Acrobat DC
on Mac thanks to August 2019 update

Wrong display of print production files
in Adobe Document Cloud

PDF files that are stored in the Adobe Document Cloud (e.g. using the Share function) have an individual link that can be used to display the document with (virtually) any Internet browser (without Acrobat/Reader Viewer installed).

Unfortunately, when rendering PDF pages, some PDF functions (e.g. overprinting, transparency, ICC profiles), which are frequently used in PDF print production files, are not processed correctly. For illustration I uploaded Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 (PDF/X-4) to the Document Cloud and got many errors:

Read more…Wrong display of print production files
in Adobe Document Cloud