Join the shared review using freeware Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Employee ,
Jun 25, 2020

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You can participate in a shared review using freeware Adobe Acrobat Reader DC desktop application. Review a PDF hosted in Adobe Document Cloud…

If the initiator shared the PDF using the Adobe Document Cloud review service, the email invitation includes a link to the review PDF. When you click the link, the PDF opens in a web browser. You can add comments in the PDF using the commenting tools available in the browser window. No sign-in required. From the web, you can also launch Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC desktop application to add comments.


1.   In your review email invitation, click the link or the Open button. The PDF opens in a web browser.

2.   In the toolbar, click "Open In Acrobat". The PDF is downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC depending on which application is the default PDF owner.

Additional Info: To download freeware Acrobat Reader DC, click here.



3- In Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC, add comments to the PDF using the commenting tools. The comments are automatically saved, and all reviewers can see your comments.




 4- While reviewing, you can also do the following:

  • Use the mention to get the reviewer's attention. Use of the @ mention sends a notification to the named reviewer.
  • Use Search Comments field to search for a specific term.
  • Sort Comments based on page, author, date, type, unread status, or color.
  • Filter Comments based on comment status like Unread, Resolved, Unresolved, @ mentions, or comment by a reviewer, comment types, and color.
  • Use the Options Menu (...) to edit, mark as unread, resolve, or delete the selected comment.
  • Check the review status for all the participants by clicking the reviewer avatar in the upper-left corner.



A. Click to view all participants B. Annotation tools C. Click to toggle between managing the shared file and viewing comments D. Search comments E. Sort comments F. Filter comments G. @ Mention 

5- When you have finished your review, click Done. The review PDF is closed. The initiator gets a notification in Acrobat/Reader and an email is sent.


Hope you had a great experience of participating in shared review using freeware Acrobat Reader DC desktop application. Any further questions in mind? Join the conversation here. We are listening!

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