Whereas most users access PDFs via free programs such as
Adobe Reader that do not allow editing, Adobe Acrobat Pro gives users full
control over editing PDF files. UNC Law students may not be aware that Acrobat Pro is
available to them (and all UNC students and faculty) at no cost, because the process for acquiring the software involves a
few extra steps which are not immediately obvious. However, students who go
through the process of acquiring Acrobat Pro will likely find it well worth it
to have access to the tools it provides during law school.
ADVANTAGES OF ACROBAT PRO
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro, one can perform tasks such
combining separate PDFs into one file
adding, removing, editing, or rearranging pages,
text, and images
copying text from a PDF for pasting into another
document without line breaks or messy formatting
creating forms that others (such as clinic
clients or student organization members) can electronically fill out
redacting sensitive text and removing document metadata/properties
for court filings or other privacy purposes.
HOW TO ACQUIRE ACROBAT PRO AT UNC
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. It can be installed on Macs, Windows PCs, and
mobile devices. Follow the instructions provided here by UNC’s Information Technology Services to get access to Adobe Creative Cloud.
The first step of the process described on the ITS instruction
page may be the most confusing for students, so we’ll provide additional
You’ll start by clicking the “Order Adobe CC” link on the instruction
page. This takes you to UNC’s Software Acquisition portal, where you’ll select the Adobe Creative Cloud software, add it to a Shopping Cart, and click the Check
Out button. (Don't worry—the software is free for students despite this check-out process.) This will trigger an initial confirmation email from UNC ITS, though
you’ll get a notice that you may have to wait up to 5 business days for an
email from Adobe informing you that you now have access to download Adobe Creative Cloud
for Enterprise. (In our experience, the Adobe notification has arrived on the
Once you receive your confirmation email from Adobe, you can
proceed with following the rest of the ITS instructions to sign in and download the Adobe Creative Cloud installer on your computer.
After you download and open the Adobe Creative Cloud Setup
app, you can select only “Acrobat DC”
from the list of apps to install and proceed with the installation process.
(Many other Adobe apps, such as Photoshop and InDesign, are also available
for installation if desired.)
After opening a PDF in Acrobat Pro DC, you can click on Edit PDF to access the software’s
advanced editing features. You can search for the tool you’re looking for or
click Help to access learning tutorials and support pages.
Posted by Sara M. Farnsworth on Wed. March 27, 2019 9:56 AM