Adobe Launches New Document Cloud

Adobe's new Document Cloud features a new Acrobat, integrated services such as e-sign, and new connected mobile apps.

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Adobe has announced the launch of the Adobe Document Cloud, a new way to manage documents at home, in the office and across devices.

The Adobe Document Cloud is the third component of Adobe’s cloud strategy which already includes the Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud.

At the heart of Document Cloud is the all-new Adobe Acrobat DC, which consists of a set of integrated services that use a consistent online profile and personal document hub. People will be able to create, review, approve, sign and track documents whether on a desktop or mobile device. Acrobat DC, with a touch-enabled user interface, will be available by subscription and as a one-time purchase.

“People and businesses are stuck in document-based processes that are slow, wasteful, and fragmented. While most forms of content have successfully made the move to digital (books, movies, music), documents and the process of working with them have not, and that needs to change,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development at Adobe, in a statement. “Adobe Document Cloud will revolutionize and simplify how people get work done with critical documents.”

Whether it involves school permission slips, health insurance forms or complex enterprise document workflows, Adobe will transform how people and businesses get work done, said Jon Perera, vice president of product management for Adobe Document Cloud.

“This is the third big strategic bet for Adobe,” Perera said. “Adobe has reinvented itself several times. First with the Adobe Creative Cloud, then with Adobe Marketing Cloud and now with the Adobe Document Cloud.”

“Adobe Document Cloud will be available within 30 days. It will include the new Acrobat DC, e-signing, Mobile Link and new mobile services, and document management and control. Acrobat DC uses Photoshop imaging magic to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file that can be sent for signature.

Meanwhile, eSign Services, which can be used to electronically sign and send any document from any device, will be included with every subscription of Acrobat DC. The new Fill & Sign application includes smart autofill across devices. eSign Services replaces Adobe EchoSign, Perera said.

"We’re making it easy to integrate seamlessly with the tools and systems you have today – from Microsoft Office 365 to leading CRM systems and storage providers," said Kevin M. Lynch, senior vice president and general manager of Adobe Document Services. Users can access their work as they move between desktop and devices, and pick up any form or document where they left off with new Adobe’s new Mobile Link. The two new mobile apps, Acrobat Mobile and Fill & Sign, enable users to create, edit, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. In addition, the apps enable users to use the camera on their device as a portable scanner to easily convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.

Also, services such as Send & Track enable users to manage, track and control their documents. With intelligent tracking, users gain visibility into where critical documents are along their process, including who has opened them and when. Control features also help to protect sensitive information, both inside and outside the firewall, for business or personal use, said Chris French, senior product manager for Acrobat and document services at Adobe.