Adobe has announced its Document Cloud with a brand new version of Adobe Acrobat and two new mobile apps called Acrobat Mobile and Fill and Sign. A new version of Acrobat that will include free e-signing tools based on Adobe e-Sign and quite a bit of smart image-handling and OCR technology.
Acrobat Mobile builds off Adobe’s longstanding desktop PDF offering, Acrobat. The app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows. Acrobat Mobile lets users easily edit the text of PDFs from their device. It also provides streamlines PDF creation that allows users to take a photo of a document with their phone and automatically turn it into a PDF.
Fill and Sign app that aims to make it easier for users to add signatures to their PDFs. You can take a picture of the document, and then the app will automatically try to recognize the borders of the form. The app will also clean it up, fix the brightness and perform a few more operations to make it look good in digital form. Next, you can fill out the form, e-Sign it and email it back. Often you end up putting the same information on every form you get (name, address, date of birth, etc.). It allows you to save this data and then quickly add it to paper forms.
Adobe said that over 50 billion PDFs were opened in the last year alone. The mobile version Acrobat reader is seeing that 400,000 installs per day and e-Sign has now processed over 100 million agreements. However, the company also argues that too often, Adobe’s users still have to resort to printing documents because they need to get signatures.
The new apps are part of a larger business move for Adobe. All Creative Cloud subscribers automatically become Document Cloud subscribers, too. Buildings on their Creative and Marketing Cloud subscription offerings, the new apps are part of a third category, the Document Cloud. It consists of the new mobile apps, a brand new version of Adobe Acrobat and a cloud-backed subscription service for individuals and businesses.
The apps are free but a full Document Cloud subscription will begin at $12.99 per month for the standard subscription and $14.99 per month for the pro tier. A separate enterprise subscription and a perpetual license will also be available but the company has not yet confirmed those prices. Adobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC will be available within 30 days.