You don't have to uninstall XI to install DC. It's like upgrading
any other software from older to newer versions. The upgrade is
fairly seemless. I'm surprised JAWS hasn't been screaming at you to
do the upgrade; it yells at me about five minutes after I turn my
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One caution: With Adobe Reader XI, if you open a large document,
JAWS will tell you that the document is being processed. With DC, if
the document is large, you just hear "blank" when you up or down
arrow. It doesn't tell you the document is doing anything, so you
might be tempted to give up with DC. Wait it out though, or try
pressing Control A (select all) as this sometimes helps. I just find
that JAWS does not announce that the document is processing with DC
the way it did with XI.
On 12/27/2015 9:18 PM, Peter Tesar
I have two computers, with Adobe Reader DC on
one and XI on the other. The first computer
has Windows 10 Home, upgraded from Windows 7 and the second has Windows 10 Pro with a fresh
I tried a test on the two using the
same 4 PDF image files. These files were not scanned by my
First test using Adobe Reader XI
after getting the "alert,
empty document", I instructed JAWS to
start the OCR, with the 'd'
document option. Nothing happened. I repeated this test. a few times.
I can get
OCR conversion to work using the "w" window
option. This came up with the JAWS cursor.
If I open my scanned PDF file, the
OCR is performed automatically even when the
scanner is disconnected.
Second test using
Adobe Reader DC
On my DC computer,
each of these PDF image files
gave me the "alert, empty document" message.
JAWS will convert the entire document to text.
XI does not seem to allow JAWS 17 to do an
OCR conversion on an entire
PDF image document.
This is using Windows 10 Pro and JAWS 17.
Why the XI does the OCR
conversion automatically on my scanned image,
I will have to investigate further. Maybe the
scanner has its own OCR.
The DC does allow JAWS to do the OCR on
the entire document.
Maybe I will have to uninstall the XI
and install the DC version of Adobe Reader.
On 2015-12-27 5:22 PM, Brad Martin
I'm confused also, as Adobe Reader XI alone won't do this.
Perhaps newer versions of JAWS or Windows 10 did it for you.
Adobe Reader XI is just an older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
DC. The latter integrates with Adobe's document cloud, but if
you're not using the cloud functions, the two are pretty much
similar. Think of DC as more like Adobe Reader XII (12) if they
hadn't changed the name, with the newer version integrating
features from Adobe's document cloud.
So perhaps JAWS versions newer than 15 are helping you convert
those scans. With JAWS 15 and Windows 7, neither DC or XI will
do this for me automatically.
On 12/27/2015 4:15 PM, Peter Tesar
I’m confused. Before, when I opened a
recently scanned PDF document, I heard:
“Alert, empty document”.
I would then use the JAWS OCR to convert
the PDF document to text.
Recently I did a clean install of Windows
10, and I needed to download Adobe Reader. I chose XI, not
knowing that there was a DC version. The latter is probably
what I used to use.
Now when I open the PDF image document,
there is no announcement:
The image has been converted to text.
Using the JAWS virtual cursor, I can read what can only have
been converted with OCR.
Did Adobe Reader XI do the OCR conversion
What is the difference between adobe XI
Is there a difference between Adobe
Reader and Acrobat Reader?
Maybe there is more than one Adobe
Reader, and I don’t know which is which.
Any clarification will be appreciated. Thanks.