Adobe Acrobat/Reader 2015 Are Reaching the End of the Lifecycle
The time of Adobe Acrobat 2015 as an application is coming to an end. Sad but true: the developer has been supporting the reader and the editor for five years. And now that this time has come, the support is over. Adobe reminds us that, from April 7, 2020, the applications will get abandoned, and recommends switching to Acrobat DC.
Why These Version Matter
While Adobe Acrobat software has been around since 1993, in the 2010s the publisher pushed the PDF technology forward. Acrobat Reader 2015 was more than the name assumed. With the free Acrobat Reader application, you could (and still can) do the basic editing of PDF files, as well. As for the paid Adobe Acrobat 2015, it’s a professional editor of the PDF documents with formatting features, embedded multimedia support, a converter, an interactive document editor, and security-centered extras.
The 2010s are the years everything went mobile and everything went cloud. Adobe made no exception and released an alternative Acrobat product family. Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC were a new-generation, cloud-based solutions that required a subscription to enjoy all the features. Any of the DC apps lets their users benefit from cloud technologies, from simply storing the files to security checks.
The End of Support Means That…
Well, there is nothing terrible that happens immediately; no magic will dissolve, and the applications won’t disappear from your computers. You will be able to read, edit or create documents with these apps just the way you did before. So there’s no catastrophe… at the moment.
The trouble may come later, as Adobe drops any support of these applications. This means that the customers get no advice or troubleshooting from the support team that focuses on newer products. There won’t be any updates as well (except for, maybe, security patches for the most critical vulnerabilities, but you better leave your hopes behind). As there can be new vulnerabilities found, it does matter. Even this October, there have been ten new vulnerabilities found, seven of them being rated as critical.
What to Do Then
If you are using one (or both) of these products, you have some options on going on with your PDF documents. The most obvious is to do nothing, hoping everything goes fine. Maybe it does, but some of us can’t afford simply hoping. If any vulnerabilities do any harm to your system, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Then there is the option recommended by Adobe. You can subscribe to Document Cloud editions, selecting the most suitable one for you. This option also includes full mobile access and collaboration options.
If you are good with just the basics, you can purchase a Classic track license, and get the simplest versions of the products. To benefit from extras by Adobe, you can opt for Continuous track. It brings more features, more frequent updates, and less hassle with installing them.
Finally, you can select among numerous third-party solutions. But in our cloud-concerned time, anything similar to the early 2000s (when, say, Foxit products were definitely better than the native ones, at least in some ways) just can’t happen. Only Adobe can bring you cloud solutions by Adobe, like Adobe Sign, or collaboration options.