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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Oct 23, 2017 11:24PM
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RE: the comment "I would recommend upgrading to Acrobat DC - but I'm not waiting or expecting a significant version upgrade on any schedule anymore now that they are on a "continuous" release with a subscription licensing model."
Acrobat has always been on a 24 to 30 month schedule for major version updates. Note that Acrobat's release schedule is different from the Adobe Creative Suite's schedule (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.), which now is every fall to coincide with Adobe's conference called Max. The Creative Suite just released new versions CC : 2018 last Wednesday.
Although I don't know for certain, Acrobat is due for a major release of its own, given that version DC (a k a 12) was released in April 2015 and we're right now at the 30 month mark.
RE: the continuous release that comes with a subscription.
This gives users new incremental updates and improvements throughout the year. I'm seeing them about every 6 to 8 weeks. Lots of small items in those, but still very helpful and important such as being able to Un-Do in the Tags panel, more accurate PDF exports from Word documents, and an updated PDF Maker plug-in for MS Office (version 17).
If you opt to not subscribe and instead purchase a perpetual license, then you'll get these features in the next major release...in other words, you'll wait 24 to 30 months rather than get them when they become available.
If you're doing accessible PDFs, the subscription is worth it just to get your fingers on these improvements. 2 years is a long time to wait to get the accessibility features.
For those who are interested to know, the current version of Acrobat DC is 2017.012.20098 which you can find under the Help menu, About Acrobat. I guessing that the next version will be called DC : 2018, but that hasn't yet been divulged by Adobe.
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