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Do I need both Acrobat Reader DC & Acrobat Pro DC installed?

New Here ,
Jul 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017

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Hi,

Do I need both of these installed or does Acrobat Pro DC do everything Reader does?

thanks!

Jan

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017
acrobat does everything reader does and much much more.do not install reader.

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Jul 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017

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acrobat does everything reader does and much much more.

do not install reader.

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Jul 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017

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Thanks so much! I thought so, but then I was reading that since they are two different products, reader does a few things Acrobat doesn't do well.  I'm sticking with your answer! thanks again. J

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In theory, one can have simultaneous installations of both Reader and Acrobat. However, it does raise complications as to which of the applications actually opens PDF files when double-clicking (although there is a Preferences control for that).

Acrobat has a proper superset of Reader features. Thus for normal users, there is no good reason to have Reader installed if you have Acrobat installed. And you certainly don't and shouldn't mix and match Acrobat versions. That is really looking for trouble.

The only good excuse I heard over the years was that of some authors using Acrobat that they were concerned that they really didn't know how well their PDF files would work in an environment restricted to Reader-only, especially when using forms and/or sophisticated JavaScript. However, for such testing, generally you would want a dedicated system with minimally-installed fonts and other services. Typically, a dedicated dumb system VM (virtual machine) with Reader installed would be a much better vehicle for such testing.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020

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How can I delete extraneous pages from my American Express statements (i.e. delete the pages of ads and notices and keep only pages that pertain to charges/payments)?

The Document Properties, tab Security says:

Security Method: Passwork Security with a note "Can be Opened by: Acrobat 5.0 and later.

I have Acrobat DC 2020.009.20063

I removed Acrobat Reader and am now missing some functionality on editing Adobe pdfs as in my above question. Are the two related?

Can you please advise me what to do to regain this functionality?

Thank you.

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Feb 21, 2018 Feb 21, 2018

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Um...per Protected View — Acrobat Application Security Guide  Acrobat does not have Protected Mode...

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