Having already taken its design and marketing software into the cloud, Adobe is aiming its latest cloud-based offering at professionals and other users who need better ways to manage important documents on the go. Announced Tuesday, Adobe Document Cloud includes a new version of its desktop Acrobat software that will let users convert paper documents into digital ones that can be edited and signed online.
Document Cloud is also designed to make it easier to manage paperwork across platforms with Mobile Link, which maintains users' files, settings and signatures no matter which devices they're working on. Another feature, "intelligent tracking," lets users know who has opened which documents and when.
Adobe says its latest cloud offering is aimed at easing the "document disconnect" created by the large amount of business that is still dependent on physical paperwork. It cited a recent IDC study it sponsored that found more than 80 percent of business documents are still not digitized.
Too Much Physical Paperwork
"People and businesses are stuck in document-based processes that are slow, wasteful, and fragmented," said Bryan Lamkin, Adobe's senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development. "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."
An Adobe survey of more than 5,000 professionals in five countries found that 83 percent believe that outdated document practices are slowing them down at work and hurting productivity. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed say they would even change jobs just to be able to deal with less paperwork.
Such document difficulties create more than frustration at work -- they also contribute to measurable losses of time and money, according to an Adobe-sponsored study published last week by the analyst firm IDC. That study, "The Document Disconnect: Hidden Opportunity, Big Payoff," found that improved, digital management of paperwork could lower business costs by 30 percent, cut the amount of staff time spent on administrative tasks by 36 percent and reduce risk by 23 percent.
Creative, Marketing Cloud Integration
Adobe has already rolled out cloud-based platforms for marketing and creative professionals. Creative Cloud, launched in 2012, made Adobe's familiar Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and other design software available on a subscription-based basis. Marketing Cloud, released that same year, offers cloud-based versions of its analytics, campaign, audience, media and social management tools.
Now, Document Cloud will make Adobe's Acrobat software available on a subscription basis as well. Available to enterprises via a dashboard that also integrates with Creative Cloud and -- eventually -- Marketing Cloud, Document Cloud will also come with eSign Services (formerly Adobe EchoSign) for electronic document signing, support for editing on mobile devices, conversion of paper documents to digital ones via device camera scanning and tools for managing and protecting documents with sensitive information.
Set to become available over the next 30 days, Document Cloud and Acrobat DC (the new, cloud-based version of Acrobat) will be available to Acrobat subscribers for $14.99 per month. Acrobat DC will also be available on its own via the purchase of either a perpetual license or a cloud-based subscription.
Posted: 2015-05-07 @ 5:16pm PT
I love the JotForm integration with its eSign service. Turn any online form into a binding contract.