Difference Between Adobe Standard & Professional

By Joshua Mcgee

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Adobe Acrobat is a powerful program used to create portable document format (PDF) files. Adobe offers three versions of Acrobat: Standard, Professional and Extended. All versions contain tools that assist in creating PDFs; however, Professional and Extended contain additional tools for a more specialized audience.


Acrobat 1.0 was released by Adobe in 1993 as an attempt to create a better way for customers to share documents electronically. In 2003, Adobe created two versions of Acrobat--Standard and Professional--with the release of Acrobat 6.0.


Acrobat Standard is intended for anyone who needs to create PDF documents. Acrobat Professional is designed particularly for businesses and creative professionals.


Adobe Acrobat Standard contains the essential tools for creating, editing and sharing normal PDF documents. Adobe Acrobat Professional contains additional features for collaborating with others in a business environment. These features include the ability to create editable forms and portfolios or prepare high-end print and digital documents.


As of 2010, Adobe Acrobat Standard is sold at the Adobe website for $299. Adobe Acrobat Professional is sold at Adobe's website for $449. Adobe Acrobat Professional is also included in any version of Adobe's Creative Suites.

Operating Systems

Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Professional are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.