What should I use: Adobe Acrobat DC or Word?
When should I use Adobe Acrobat DC ?
- Printing: When the goal is to produce a high-quality print job in which precise page layout and high resolution images are key, then PDF is the clear choice over DOC. PDF can create a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) file which assures you that what you see on your screen is exactly what you'll see in your print.
- Online Content: PDF is useful for taking high-quality documents (newsletters, catalogues, manuals, technical papers, etc.) and making them available on the internet. You can also secure your PDF so that it can only be read, and not altered. In addition, PDF's can have a table of contents, bookmarks, intra-document hyperlinks, and the ability to search, so you can make your PDF behave like a Web page.
- Combining Multiple Formats: PDF allows you to import text from a Word document, images of various formats, Excel spreadsheets, vector graphics, and more into a single PDF document.
- Anyone Can View It: To view a Word document, you must have proprietary software (Microsoft Office) installed on your computer. On the other hand, a PDF can be viewed by anyone who has the free Adobe Acrobat DC , which is easy to download and which comes standard on many computers running Windows operating systems. This makes PDF the preferred format for creating a document that many can view.
- File Exchange: PDF is ideal for document exchange between users. Not only is it a compact format, but it can also store metrics and information about its own appearance (layout, fonts, content, color, etc.) within the document itself. This means that it may not have to rely on the fonts and settings that may or may not be installed on a user's computer to display properly.
When should I use Word ?
- Reusing Images: Images in a Word document are easy to extract and reuse. This can't be done with a PDF, because its images are embedded.
- Word Processing: Word is much better suited for writing. Word documents provide the benefits of spell-checking and grammar-checking, among many other useful writing tools.
- Editing: It contains intuitive formatting and compositional tools that allow you to format your document as you create it. Using Word and the DOC format, it is easy to edit large areas of text, change the flow between pages, and change font sizes and styles, among other things. With a PDF file you can only edit a few words at a time. When it comes to editing documents, Word is a much more powerful and pliant format than PDF.