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Adobe Acrobat can now open PDF files stored in Dropbox

Adobe Acrobat can now open PDF files stored in Dropbox

by AshwinOctober 14, 2015

Dropbox says that it now has over 18 billion PDF files stored in its server, and that the portable document format is one of the most popular document types that its users prefer to upload and download.

Adobe Acrobat Dropbox Mac

So, what do you do with so many users wanting to read their PDF files? Make it easier for them to read them, obviously.

The cloud storage giant, has partnered with the most popular PDF reader maker, Adobe to make this possible.

Prior to this new change which is rolling out in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader, the only way to read PDF files stored in Dropbox, was to download it and save it locally, and then use a PDF viewing tool to open the document.

This is what Dropbox and Adobe wish to eliminate, and so, want to help users read PDFs with as minimal clicks as possible.

PC and Mac users will now be able to login to Dropbox ( from Storage > Account > Dropbox) in the Acrobat Reader app. This is shown in the screenshot below.

Adobe Acrobat Dropbox Add Account

Adding your account in the reader app, will allow you to open PDFs right onto your desktop with just one click.

This is quite an incredible feature, and one, which I have not seen in other PDF apps before. Oh, and that’s not all, you can even edit the PDF files stored in your Dropbox account too using Adobe Acrobat. Any changes you make to the PDF file, is saved right into¬† your account, thus enabling faster sharing of the file.

This feature is also heading to Android next year and iOS devices, later this year, allowing for complete mobility support for viewing and editing PDFs.

Download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC from the official website. It’s a free software, but do remember to uncheck the option to download and install McAfee Security Scan Plus. Alternatively, you can download the full offline installer from this page on

On a side note, the Cloud storage service released the Dropbox 3.10.8 stable build for desktops today, which fixes a couple of issues. The first fix is for a bug which prevented icon overlays and context menu items from appearing, in Windows XP. Another issue fixed in this release, was related to screen capturing, where snapping a screenshot would not copy it to the Windows Clipboard.

It is good to see Dropbox still supporting Windows XP even though Microsoft ended support for it in April 2014.