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by Adobe Document Cloud Team

posted on 04-02-2020

In a matter of weeks, we’ve all shifted to a new way of thinking, learning, and working. Digital apps and services that we’ve used for years are becoming more and more vital—and we’re discovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done every day.

Providing the best document tools and services for our customers has been a key Adobe priority since we invented the PDF more than 25 years ago, and today is no different. To help you get the most out of your digital documents, Adobe is turning on more free tools and services in our products and extending trial periods. And, the industry’s most popular free PDF tools, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Scan, are still completely free for all, of course.

Have a look below at how we’re helping everyone get more work done digitally, from anywhere, without missing a beat.

The best PDFs tools wherever you need them

The Acrobat Reader DC app is essential for reliably viewing, reviewing, commenting, filling out, sharing, and signing PDF documents. It’s easy to work with PDFs from anywhere because Acrobat Reader DC is connected to the Document Cloud. You can even access and store files in Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. As the original, and the most ubiquitous PDF reader available, Acrobat Reader DC is still the best free PDF app available across desktop and mobile devices.

The free Adobe Scan app puts the power of a scanner right in your pocket. You can easily turn any paper document—contracts, forms, business cards, homework, etc.—into high-quality PDFs that you can do more with. Transforming paper into a clean, sharp scan is as simple as snapping a photo. Behind the scenes, Adobe Scan uses artificial intelligence (Adobe Sensei) to automatically enhance your scan, correct perspectives and detect document boundaries. Now, physical paper can be digitally filled out, annotated, signed, sent, and saved. It’s ideal for when you’re out of the office, or the classroom, and you still need to work with documents.

Collaborate, Convert and Compress for free

If you subscribe to Adobe Acrobat DC, you know that you can do more with your PDFs—like sending them for shared collaborative review, converting to and from other file types, and compressing to reduce file size. Now, we’re making shared collaboration of PDF documents free on desktop, online and mobile devices. Stop sending PDF attachments around via email, managing versions and playing the referee. Just share a PDF for review and any number of people can view, comment, and resolve conflicts in one place, without all the back and forth.

Most people think about working with PDFs through desktop software, or through an app, but you can also do a lot with web-based Acrobat tools online. Use our free Convert and Compress tools to easily convert Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and JPG files to PDF or reduce a PDF’s file size for sharing, viewing, or reviewing via link or email. Or, just type,,, or into your browser to easily drag, drop and convert your files without installing anything.

Adobe Sign free trial

Adobe Sign helps you simplify the signing process, making it easier for you and your teammates to prepare and send documents for signature from anywhere. Sign up for a free Adobe Sign trial and manage critical documents and e-signatures with no commitment for 14 days. Use Adobe Sign to transform e-signature workflows and explore integrated solutions from Microsoft and other leading business apps. Learn more in the Adobe Sign trial FAQ.

No matter how you need to work with documents during these ever-evolving times, Adobe has free tools and services to help you while you’re working away from your office, your co-workers, your classroom, or your classmates. For more information on resources to help you stay productive, please visit

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Adobe Culture, Future of Work, COVID-19, Document Cloud

Products: Scan, Sign, Acrobat, Document Cloud