Adobe Acrobat 12 Release Date News and Expected Features

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Updated December 21st, 2014: It’s been a while since Acrobat XI (version 11) was released by Adobe (that was back in October 2012). Traditionally see a two-year product cycle with Acrobat, with small dot releases in-between, but that has clearly not happened this time as it would have been back in October. But based on the latest news from Adobe, coming straight from their CEO, Shantanu Narayen, you should be on the lookout for Acrobat 12 (aka XII) to be announced in “2015”. We expect to see it earlier in the year, possibly in spring or early summer.

We expect to see Adobe announce and release Acrobat 12/XII in Spring or early-Summer, 2015.- Expected Acrobat 12 release date

Here’s the full release date history going back to version 5:

  • Acrobat 11 (XI) – This is the current version. It was released in October, 2012.
  • Acrobat 10 (X) – Released in November, 2010.
  • Acrobat 9 – Released in July, 2008.
  • Acrobat 8 – Released in November, 2006.
  • Acrobat 7 – Released in January, 2005.
  • Acrobat 6 – Released in July, 2003.
  • Acrobat 5 – Released in May, 2001.

Will the perpetual license still be available?

Some fear that Acrobat will eventually become a subscription-only product as we recently saw happen with the Creative Suite products morphing into Creative Cloud (ending the line on CS6 with no plans on ever having a CS7 release). Although you can choose to get Acrobat on a monthly subscription or part of CC, we don’t think this will happen just yet with Acrobat with version 12. We suspect Adobe will be evaluating the success (or lack thereof) of CC and then determine if Acrobat will follow in CC’s footsteps by version 13 (by early ~2015 or so).

What new features can we expect to see?

Acrobat is already extremely feature-rich, but as a result has become harder and less intuitive to use. We hope they bring back the interface from a few versions back. While this one looks great, some of the buttons for common tasks are tucked away and require more clicks to get to them. Some have also reported issues during the installation (or reinstallation) process with many of the boxes sold from third-party resellers. Apparently, the serial codes are not in the boxes themselves (required for installation) and in order to install the software you’re given a “redemption code” with instructions to login at to get the serial number. When entering the “redemption code”, some have reported that their codes were invalid, thus resulting in hours chatting to customer service to help active the software.

We want your feedback!

If you’re a user of Acrobat, what would you like to see changed in this upcoming release? Leave your comments and suggestions below.

  1. February 5, 2016


    Version XI does not allow you to replace a landscape form with a new one without the fields going all catiwankas. I have to do a lot of work to get the fields to work correctly. With the previous versions I was able to just replace the page and the fields stayed the same, no problems. I would like to be able to do that. I work with forms constantly (Office and Acrobat) updating and replacing them for the users. I have come to dread landscape forms.

  2. May 21, 2015


    How about being able to highlight in different colours by having different buttons rather than the current painstaking process?

  3. February 10, 2015


    MULTI THREAD OCR!!! ABBYY has a handle on it, adobe OCR is lacking in power and performance and is holding back acrobat from a more commercial environment.

  4. February 3, 2015

    B. Hoffman

    How about adding a picture attachment field in the form builder that can be used/edited by acrobat reader.

  5. January 15, 2015

    Alan Williams

    Copy With Formatting worked perfectly in Version X, when copying a pdf table to paste into Excel. Not so well in Ver. XI, with an improvement from one of the updates. Can we just bring back that function from Ver. X as it was?

  6. November 9, 2014


    I’d love to have more power in how I view my PDFs. For example:
    1. Multi-tab interface so that I may quickly move between documents.
    2. Ability to view any two or more pages (within the SAME document) side by side. For example, in a document that is 300 pages, how do I see side-by-side page 24 and page 182?

  7. October 14, 2014

    Paul Lundwall

    I too am against subscriptions. It is a real turn off when looking at products and other options exist. Like Open Office vs Microsoft Office 360. I currently have Acrobat Pro XI and Office 2013. When either one become subscription only I will purchase a different product.

    On a different note I would like to see common tasks in Acrobat 12 on the tool bar instead of searching for them. Like Find and Highlight.

    • November 16, 2014

      Todd Wiedemeier

      I switched to the CorelDRAW line of products for illustration and photo editing and love these products. I was a loyal Adobe user for years, but no more.

  8. September 28, 2014

    Csaky-Pallavicini Tamás

    I wish a better feature rich fillabel formulareditor which i can send to any email or download at a homepage or facebook page. After secure filling with password it should be possible to send it back and a simple extraction to excel or ms sql should be possible. Optimal would be an importfeature in electronic health record databases in order to update the database.
    It would be perfect if my patients could fill pdf documents or questionaries secure in the waiting room or at home to make easier the work. I would like to import and extract pfd questionaries directly in databases like sql, oracle, SAS,excel etc.

  9. September 18, 2014


    Improve the tools used for creating and editing tags and reading order for accessibility compliant PDFs. Specifically, there should be a way to place the pointer over any edge of the bounding box for a tag and then drag the box up/down/left/right. It can be very painfully tedious to work on and repair accessible forms.

  10. September 15, 2014

    Doug Bell

    I really need to have the output preview no longer dependent on an embedded profile…. The way Acrobat 9 and below used to do so cleanly.

  11. August 22, 2014


    Two big things for our business would be easier and quicker color changes for highlighting pdf documents. Takes way too much time and keystrokes as it is. And second….an easier and quicker way to straighten (deskew) scanned, crooked documents. And it shouldn’t have to relocate and re-save the document. Oh….one more thing….there should be an easy way (maybe there is, but I can’t find it) to clear the pre filled drop down boxes for fillable fields that accumulate so much “stuff”.

  12. August 21, 2014


    Totally agree with James’ number 1 and 3.

  13. August 8, 2014


    I would love to have PDFs be trackable through Google Analytics WHEN they are search landing pages. I picture this could require some serious work by adobe.

  14. July 25, 2014


    I hope that the adobe finally add new features for searching files. There is no option for adding char *** and so on to search keywords when looking for words in files. Really hope, they can solve this matter in the new upcoming version.

  15. July 7, 2014


    I am a heavy user of the form features. In the forms “Edit” “Add New Fields,” it would be great if when inserting new individual form fields in a document each new field would have the same properties as the first field. I find the only way to do that is to copy a field already programed to specific properties, such as: Arial Font, Font Size 10, Scroll Long Test box unchecked . . . and then pasting the field several times to be arranged afterwards. That brings on the problem of having to differentiate each field manually afterwards.

  16. July 2, 2014


    A web app that can:

    (-1-)optimize PDF file size
    -edit text, images, etc. in a PDF

    (-2-)utilize opacity of comments, and line/edge thickness ( basically all commenting features from XI)

    (-3-)combine and delete pages in an intuitive format like drag and drop. Acrobate XI offers many different ways to combine pdf’s or duplicate individual pages, or change the order of pages.

  17. June 25, 2014


    I use Acrobat a lot. I have some complaint (incl version XI).
    The properties bar can no longer be merged in the menu bar. The Javascript debugger is not powerful. It is not intuitive how to create formula, which variant/constant can be used and where. For example, just color, need the R to be Capital in “Red” for the color to be recognized. At least, could propose the list like in every other programmation / compilers like in VBA. there is a dropdown list that shows which parameters can be used. Any object oriented coding can have such feature. The “Warning Javascript Windows” is very annoying! You try to create a nice looking windows and this is what we get! we need a tool to create customized icons! the small tool that take a 20×20 jpg and convert it, doesn’t work with alpha (transparent) source images. I create some big arrays with lot of entries (up to 10k) and when opening the external JS editor, when closing, acrobat XI hangs all the time. using V9.4.6 it works well. Need a small software that handle the form and data outside Acrobat, to be able to easily get information of a filled form, then put the data in Excel or Word, or another DB. programmable, without user handling, like batch file command.

  18. May 22, 2014


    Multiple selection of boxes and changing the properties to what we need them to be would be a huge help; for example,

    1)..An inspection form converted from a MS Office Word table that has 100 possible check boxes (random number by me). When saved as PDF then using forms wizard all the boxes are created. Great, but if we select all 1-100 boxes we cannot change the properties all at once to individual check boxes. Same goes for all options such as times, dates, text, etc.

    2). Option to save a fillable form set of data with the user having the reader only would be nice

    3). The creation of a simple (yes, no) drop down box and the silly colour highlight is annoying and the output is not centered. What the heck?

  19. April 17, 2014


    I wish they had waited on the release of their Technical Communications Suite which was just released early this year until the Acrobat 12 version was ready since Acrobat is included with the Suite product. Just bought Tech Comm 5 and within months I’ll have an old version of Acrobat. 🙁

  20. February 11, 2014


    I love Acrobat Pro. I like to develop psycho-educational instruments; thus, I would like Acrobat to be form friendly. I use MS Word tables for most of my forms. Either way, I will continue to use Adobe Acrobat Pro…just keep the prices reasonable (199.99 or lower is good).

  21. November 11, 2013

    Scott Middleton

    Adobe needs to dump the subscription service and go back to volume licensing.

    • January 21, 2014

      Bob Friendship

      I agree with you, Scott.

      The whole process of shifting to subscription, (as MS Office) is restrictive.

      • November 16, 2014

        Todd Wiedemeier

        I agree. Because of the subscription service I have ditched Adobe entirely, except for Acrobat. I had several licenses for CS6 and loved it, but to be honest the subscription service is BS. I have switched entirely to CorelDraw Suite X7 for illustration and photo editing and love it!

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