Adobe unveils document cloud

Adobe has unveiled a service that enables users to digitise documents and store them in the cloud using a consistent online profile and personal document hub.

Adobe Document Cloud allows users to create, review, approve, sign and track documents on a PC or mobile device such as a tablet. At the centre of the solution is Adobe Acrobat DC, which uses Photoshop's image engine to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file that can be sent for an electronic signature.

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Paul Robson, Asia-Pacific president at Adobe, told CIO Australia the new offering takes Acrobat to a new level. Acrobat is now completely mobile with a 'touch' interface, and eSign Services -- formerly Adobe EchoSign -- provides electronic signatures "anywhere and for anyone," Robson said.

He added that billions of Adobe Reader users will now be able to take advantage of the e-sign process.

Two new apps -- Acrobat Mobile and Fill and Sign -- enable users to create, edit, comment on or sign documents on their mobile phones and tablets.

"With every subscription of Acrobat, you get the ability to electronically send and sign any document from any device," he said.

"If I get a letter in the mail and it's a document that someone wants me to sign, I can take a photo on my phone, fill in my name and any other details, sign it with my finger and then create a workflow and send it back as a digital document to whoever sent it to me."

Send and Track services provides visibility into where documents are in the process, who has opened them and who has sent them. Control features also help protect sensitive information from inside and outside the firewall, Adobe said.

Adobe Document Cloud is the last piece in the cloud puzzle for Adobe, which has been progressively stopped selling boxed products.

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Between 2013 and 2013, more than 96 per cent of Adobe's new Creative Suite customers -- including those in Australia -- had moved from a buying a boxed product from a retailer to purchasing the subscription-based cloud offering. The company also seen significant uptake of its Adobe Marketing Cloud, which was launched in 2013.

Individuals who subscribe to use Acrobat for $14.99 per month will automatically receive new Acrobat DC and Document Cloud when it is available in the next 30 days, Adobe said.

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