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Adobe Acrobat Professional

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Acquiring the Software

Free for UH Faculty and Staff

U.H. Systems Information Technology Services (ITS) has set up an Adobe licensing contract called the Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) for the U.H. System. This contract provides all U.H. faculty and staff with a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC software until November 27, 2024. The software is intended for U.H. faculty and staff to generate, edit, and maintain PDF documents under A.D.A. compliance standards.

Note: The process will take 2-3 days.

Adobe Acrobat Professional Highlights

Adobe Acrobat Professional is an optical character recognition (O.C.R.) system. It is used to convert scanned files, PDF files, and image files into editable/searchable documents.

Adobe Acrobat Professional has the following key features vs Acrobat Reader:

  • PDF editing capability
    • Reorder, add, delete, and extraction of pages
    • Modification of text and page elements
  • Optical Character Recognition (O.C.R.)
    • Create selectable text from scanned documents
  • Form building capability
  • Redacting options
  • Document comparison functionality
  • Document editing protection
  • A.D.A. document remediation capabilities


Create Screen Reader Friendly PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Professional

This tutorial will show you how to convert your scanned documents via OCR into screen-reader friendly PDFs. This process requires Adobe Acrobat Professional. Adobe Acrobat Reader will not work.

Section 508 - PDF Federal Compliance Tutorials

For those interested in learning more about PDF accessibility preparation, we recommend that you watch the video series below:

U.S. Federal Government: Video Tutorial Series

Updated for Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d)

Updated 03/15/2023