New features summary

February 2018 release of Acrobat DC

Compare files enhancement

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Hyphenation related fixes

Previously, false diffs were reported due to incorrect hyphenation categorization – false diffs of hyphenated words were reported whenever they reach the end of a line while doing insertion or deletion during editing. This has been fixed now.

The example below covers all the cases related to the hyphenation fixes.

Hyphenation related fixes


Accessibility improvements

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Tags and tool names of the Reading Order tool are now consistent.

  • The “Touch up Reading Order” tool is renamed to the “Reading Order” tool.
  • The “Text” in the Reading Order tool is renamed to “Text/Paragraph”.
  • The “Background” in the Reader Order tool is renamed to “Background/Artifact”.

Access the Reading Order tool from the tag tree

You can now access the Reading Order tool directly from the tag tree. Choose Tags in the left navigation pane, right-click any tag and then choose Reading Order.

Access the Reading Order tool from the tag tree


Bulk edit tags in the tag tree

You can now edit the properties of multiple tags at a time. Select the tags that you want to edit and then choose Properties dialog option from the right-click context menu.

In the tags panel, select contiguous or non-contiguous tags, right-click and choose Properties.

Edit properties of multiple tags


Change the type, title, and other properties as required, and then click Close.

Edit properties of the tags


Create notes and reference tags from the Reading Order tool

You can now create notes and reference tags from the Reading Order tool.

From the Reading Order tool:

  1. In the tags panel, right-click any tag and choose Reading Order.
  2. Select some content that you want to tag as Note or Reference, and then click Note or Reference.
Reference and Notes in the Reading Order tool


From the Order panel:

  1. Choose Order panel in the left-hand pane.
  2. Right-click the content in the panel, and then choose Tag as Reference or Tag as Note.


Reference and Notes in the Order panel


Annotations enhancement

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Copy content of text-based annotations

A new Copy Text option is now available in the right-click context menu of text-based annotations with highlight, underline, or strikeout.

Copy text from an annotation


Forms enhancement

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

An option to clear the selected image from the image form field

Using the new Clear Image option, you can easily clear the selected image from an image field in a form.

Click the image field form which you want to clear the image. The Select Image dialog box is displayed.

Clear selected image


Click Clear Image, and then click OK.

Print production enhancement

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

Multiple objects selections with Output Preview

You can now select multiple objects when the Output Preview dialog is open.

To enable this feature, go to Edit > Preferences > Page Display, and then select Use Shift + Click for Multiple Selection with Output Preview check box under the Page Content and Information section.

To select multiple objects, use Shift + Click. To add a sticky note containing the color values, use Alt + Click (on Windows) or Option + Click (on Mac).

Note: By default, the preference is disabled.

OCR improvement

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

The accuracy of text recognition (OCR) on the scanned files with a dark background has been improved significantly.

Access tools center from the right-hand pane

  Available in: Acrobat DC Continuous

You can now access tools center from the right-hand pane using the new More Tools option.

More tools in the right-hand pane


Support for additional OCR languages in Export PDF app in Reader

  Available in: Acrobat Reader DC Continuous, Acrobat Reader DC Classic

Support for the following additional OCR languages is added in the Export PDF app in Acrobat Reader DC:






German (Switzerland)










Norwegian (Norway)





Simplified Chinese



Traditional Chinese



To see the list of supported languages: Open a PDF in Acrobat Reader DC and choose Export PDF in the Tools pane, and then click Change next to “Document Language”. The OCR Settings dialog box is displayed that lists all the supported languages.