Adobe Acrobat

AuthorDennis Kennedy - Tom Mighell
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat is rightly considered the leader in the creation,
editing, and management of Portable Document Format (PDF)
files. For lawyers, PDF is the de facto standard for court filings
and secure document exchange. PDF is also the standard in
electronic discovery, making inroads against the TIFF format for
scanned documents. Adobe Acrobat and its companion Adobe
Reader now make up part of the standard desktop application
package in many law firms and corporate legal departments.
While most lawyers are familiar with PDF and utilize the
format in their practice, they may not realize that Acrobat
offers powerful collaboration tools as part of its Document
Cloud product. Like Microsoft Word, Acrobat allows users to
review, mark up, and comment on PDF files, both within your
organization or by email review. Additionally, Adobe offers
the Adobe Connect conferencing product, which provides an
online screen-sharing space for meetings or live document
review. Let’s take a look at these Acrobat tools and how Acro-
bat evolved into a collaboration platform. While we will be
focusing on Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud (DC) in this chap-
ter and recommend that lawyers use the most current version,
earlier versions of Acrobat have many of the same features
mentioned in this chapter. Note: This chapter primarily focuses
on Adobe Acrobat DC, not the Acrobat Reader product. While
Reader offers many of the same collaboration options, Acrobat
DC is the more full-featured collaboration tool.
Review, Comment, and Edit
Why use Acrobat for document review and other collabora-
tion? Why not instead create a document in a program like

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